Autumn Cruise with David and Pia

12.09.17 – 18.09.17

Sailing holidays! If its not the diary, its the weather!

12.09.17 – With a F9 due within 24hrs, the decision was made to head up river to Redon and hide rather than go out to sea. Dep LRB @ 1015 and arrival at Cran Bridge visitors quay 1245 for lunch. (after a coffee and Monty watering, stop at Rohello). First time at the quay, fender board required and only 0.2m under the keel. Bridge opened at 1400 and berthed Redon @ 1515. NB Redon Capitiniere often has half days off!

Mr Grasshead Swan (temporary crew member)

Mr Grasshead Swan (temporary crew member)

14.09.17 – Having endured a windy and showery day in Redon as the gale blew over, the prospect of a F5 with sunny spells was very appealing. Left Redon 0845, 7.2 knots @3000 rpm into strong headwind, and just made the 0930 opening of Cran Bridge. 1225 berthed VP Arazal after taking on 22 L of diesel. 22.84 Nm. 3h 15m engine hours.

Welsh crew!

Welsh crew!

15.09.17 – 0830 dep VP Arzal for 0900 lock. Exit lock 0915, exit Varlingue channel 1045. Motorsailing, wind 5 knts. Berthed Piriac ‘C’, 3.3 over cill (Hw 1400). 15.08 Nm 3h 50m engine hours. NB Piriac ok for dogs D 2,4,6,8. and C.

Ready for whatever comes.

Ready for whatever comes.

16.09.17 РDep Piriac 1125 2.5m over cill and 2.8 in entrance channel. (LW 0810). Wind <3 knts. Autopilot belt shredded. Berthed 1540 hammerhead VP. 23.64 Nm.  engine hours 4h 15m. Cum EH 85.6.

Two 'old salts'

Two ‘old salts’

!7.09.17 Р Est 5h to Arzal lock. Locks @ 1600. 1800. 2000. Dep Arzal after taking on 10 L fuel. @ Chiminiere wind 10 knts. Ent to Passe de la Grande Accroche 1435. Exit @ 1500 Depth 5.5m (3.5 U/K) Hw 1600 5.1. Just made 1600 lock. Berthed Arzal E.45 1650. 30.82 Nm. Cum 3462.7 Nm.

Entering the lock at Arzal. All good humoured!

Entering the lock at Arzal. All good humoured!

18.09.17 – Dep Arzal 0830. Berthed LRB 0930. Crew PJA, JMA, Monty, David and Pia Williams. Cum 3466.5 Nm 91.9 EH

Early morning mist on the river

Early morning mist on the river

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21.09.17 Destiny lifted at end of season.

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