Due to unusually low water levels caused by the dry weather and the fact that the Villaine is used as a drinking water source, no vessels with keel depths over 1.7 could be launched during August and beginning of September. Additionally all lockings were cut to one per day, and only boats leaving for cruises of more than three weeks were allowed to leave the river. Accordingly all of August was lost and Destiny couldn’t be launched until 07.09.22. The cruise was then confined to the river only.
07.09.22 – Launched LRB. Heavy rain and winds fast until 09.09.
09.09.22 – Joined by David and Pia Williams.
10.09.22 – LRB to Rieux
Dep 1030. Berthed visitor buoy Cran Bridge waiting for 1400 opening. Berthed Rieux 1430. 15.02 Nm. 12€. Next to us was ‘Cariad’ an ex Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter, rescued from the Exeter Maritime Museum when it disposed of its fleet, restored, and now in private ownership.
11.09.22 – Rieux to Redon
Dep 0950 after mist on the river to enjoy a fine day. Berthed Redon 1040 inner basin as reserved by Capitiniere. 0.0 u/k as we passed through the old lock which just before it is a new visitor berthing area. Very smart with new showers and a new Capitiniere office nearly finished. NB depth 2m (0.0 u/k). 3.52 Nm. P Escales or 17€.
12.09.22 – Redon to LRB
Dep 1142. Wp Cran 1300 for 1400 bridge. Berthed LRB 1637. 18.54 Nm.
14.09.22 – Destiny ashore for the winter.