|Vessel Make/Model:||Beneteau Oceanis 411|
|Crew:||John and Barbara Sumner|
Had a peaceful night and woke to a dull morning but a bit of sunshine trying to peek through. We lifted the anchor at 10am and roared out of the entrance of the Gulf with up to 5 knots of tide whooshing us along. We put the cruising chute up and had a lovely sail in a very light wind, and realised we were heading for Piriac, not where we had planned to go but we reckoned we could get over the sill any time in the afternoon. We anchored off Ile Dumet, which is a nature reserve, for lunch, by which time sun had come out properly and we were able to observe the birds on the beach, which included eider ducks, shelducks and oyster catchers. We got into Piriac at 15.20 and got a finger berth near the end of E pontoon. We went into the town and had an ice cream and then did some shopping at the supermarket. By this time it was quite cold! In the evening we went out for galettes and crepes at the Creperie Keroman. Delicious!
David and Rachel arrived at about noon. We had previously phoned the Tourist Office to see if they could leave the car here and had been told the car park (which is large) is free except in July and August. And our boat was near the car park so it was ideal for picking them up. We had some lunch once they had got settled in, and then left and had a delightful sail out to sea and then into the Golfe du Morbihan where we anchored off the little island of Grand Veizit. It was a lovely peaceful evening and we sat out in the cockpit drinking gin & tonics and watching the birds on the island. We reckoned we could see eider ducks. Then I cooked a paella.
Another lovely sunny day. Telephoned the Tourist office at Crouesty to find out whether there is free parking at the marina and were told there is. Telephoned marina to ask if there will be space for us this evening and were told it will be fine. Went to re-fuel then left marina at 11.15am. Quite windy and some wave action tossed us about a bit. 12 to 15 knots of wind. Sailed out in the direction of Houat close-hauled, then tacked back towards Crouesty. Went so fast we had to heave to to finish our lunch before heading into the marina. Were shown to a nice finger berth on Q pontoon, thankfully it is quite sheltered in here as it was a narrow space to get into! Spent the rest of the afternoon getting the boat ready for our visitors. There is a special event going on here involving dozens of Beneteau motor boats - see photo. Supper in the cockpit in the sunshine – wind has dropped so it’s a lovely evening.
Awoke to sunshine. Today was to be a domestic day – we need to start getting the boat ready for the arrival of our friends, David and Rachel, on Thursday. So a trip to the launderette (they have some 7kg machines, one 11kg machine, and a couple of even bigger ones, and you can pay by card – oh joy!), then a wander round the shops nearby, and a trip to the little supermarket. We were too late for the market, which operates on Tuesdays and Fridays, but were packing up by the time we got there. We were able to hang the washing out to dry on deck and with the wind and sunshine it was dry in 2 hours. Spent the afternoon tidying up the boat and doing a few jobs. Went for a walk along the wave-break and admired Idec-Sport, a 31.5m long and 22.5m wide record-breaking trimaran.
Left Piriac at 10am, with 2.4m over the sill, and set a course round the south-west of the Ile Dumet, and then turned up o the course for La Trinite-Sur-Mer. We had a really good sail, with 11 to 15 knots of wind, just aft of the beam, in lovely sunshine. Tonic hit 9.3 knots at one point! 25 miles in 4 ¼ hours. When we got to La Trinite we couldn’t see any visitors berths free so we called the Capitainerie – didn’t get much joy but then a chap appeared in a rib and told us there would be a berth cleared in 3 minutes. They actually moved a boat out to make a place for us but the wind was blowing hard and we struggled to get in. Thankfully 2 French people came to take our lines and we managed to tie up without causing any damage! Very windy and noisy with lots of clacking halyards so John had to find bits of string to go and tie the halyards up so we would be able to sleep! Lots of race boats in. We reckon at this time of year they are not expecting many visitors so fill the berths with local boats and move them out when visitors come. Note for a future visit - ring them first to let them know we are coming! Went ashore for an ice cream and then went to the Chandlers, and wandered around the boatyard.
Sunny but cold. We went to the Hotel du Port for coffee, then wandered into town. Found the supermarket was open and bought a few bits. In the afternoon we got the bikes out and went for a ride along the coast which was lovely. On our return we stopped to chat to the man on the boat behind which was a British boat (NovaStar), and he invited us on board for a drink. A very nice couple who keep their boat at Arzal. They are the first Brits we have met this holiday!