1st Sept 2012 - St Evette to L'aberwrac'h
02 September 2012 | L'aberwrac'h
After a much needed snooze, we awoke to a beautiful morning at St Evette. Got the boat ready and picked up the hook at 10 am to give us time to arrive at the Raz de Seine at slack water. There were about 3 or 4 yachts doing the same thing and we lead the procession around the corner to the impressive Point du Raz - we are on large sping tides at the moment (hence the amazing full moon last night) so important to get the tidal timings right for this, plus we were hoping if conditions were right to be able to get to the Chenal Du Four at the right time so we can go straight up to L'aberwrac'h rather than stop off at Camaret - the Chenal Du Four is not an area to messed with though and by the time we get to the bottom Le Conquet the north going stream would be shifting (it can run at 6 knots down there) and even though winds were light at the moment, would be a bit nasty if the northerly got up and wind against tide I thought. Kim stated 'is that it?' once we got through the Raz - it's satisfying when you get these things right with tide times / planning the right conditions as it can be a pleasant stretch of water with the ability to enjoy the impressive surroundings! On we went and as we were doing 7 to 7.5knots with the wind NW filling the sails and the tide pushing us north, I calculated we would get to the bottom of the Chenal Du Four about 45 mins earlier than the book suggested which was a good thing as we would have a good tide up to L'aberwrach and closer to best timing for doing the Chenal Du Four - ideally you would do it at slack water and the beginning of the Northerly flow but we were doing the Raz at slack and it's about 2 and half hours from Raz to the bottom of the Chenal Du Four. The usual number of sails started appearing from Camaret which is always reassuring that you're getting there at the right time. The sea state had been excellent all the way so into the Chenal we went. We were doing well over 10 knots over the ground and I monitored our Rumb Line closely - best to give the marks a bit of room as the tide pushes you down onto them quickly otherwise. Had to drop the Genoa about half way through as the wind shifted probably beinf funnelled a bit down the Chenal. Managed to take some pics and the water was certainly much more agitated than when we went down through on neaps and closer to slack going the other way. As we came out the top, we were able to unfurl the Genoa again and had a good heading around Le Four towards L'aberwrach - the dogs were happier once the turbulant water calmed down a bit. The water was still fair puping us along between Le Four and L'aberwrach and I thought to myself, you don't want to be around here getting it wrong in the wrong conditions with these big spring tides! Tides are great though - we had covered some serious distance today quite comfortably - the log book showed that we had done 57 miles in 7 hours by the time we moored up - that's averaging 8.1 knots! It's nice coming into L'aberwrach with the rocks and beaches - quite impressive and I always feel the place gets not as good a write up in pilot books as it should do - well worth a visit for a few days really rather than just a stop of point. We got allocated a finger berth by the marina chap in his rib - the visitors pontoon was already full. Then off to our favourite place for a much deserved meal out - not far to go now!....