To Port Haliguen

Trip Start Oct 15, 2010
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Trip End Dec 15, 2010


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Flag of France  , Brittany,
Saturday, October 30, 2010

The leaves in their fall colors fluttered like hands waving goodbye as we cast off the Vannes dock to meet the drawbridge opening at half past noon.  A brisk south wind blew in our face as we raised the sails and tacked around one of the red channel markers guiding us back out of the Gulf of Morbihan.  A strong ebb helped us make the mouth in record time, where we pitched over barrier waves formed by the contrary wind and tide.  Out on the sea we passed close to sailboats racing in the fresh breeze, their crews lined up as "rail meat", their fast gibes making us envious.

By the time we made Port Haliguen, just ten miles further, the waves were rising up to two meters and we were glad for the calm just behind the breakwater.  Libellule made a smooth reverse landing, done for easy cockpit access across the rear platform, and we walked to the capitainerie to get the bathroom code and latest weather.  A depression was just reaching us and the winds should reverse into our favor sometime tomorrow.  Finally we would cross the Bay of Biscay!

On a short walk in to the town we got waylaid by a supermarket selling interesting local beers and ciders and a sweet liqueur called Picon.  As this would be our last night in Brittany, and in France as well, we stocked up on creamy cheese.  A bar pouring Murphy's Stout waylaid us further, and it began to rain as darkness fell.  We were in good spirits as we returned to the marina, and Libellule made a ratatouille aboard our snug sailboat as the wind sang in the rigging and the rain drummed on the deck above our heads.  I chewed slowly avoiding the sharp pain of using the broken tooth on my left side.  We finished the meal with a Bretagne carmel cake and sweet chouchon, whose cork broke and thus forced us to finish the whole bottle.  :-)

Here is the route we sailed today.
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groovyd on

how life sucks so bad, huh?

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