We left Benodet and Sainte Marine on Friday morning bound for Ile de Groix

Sainte Marine

Sainte Marine

Benodet Beach

Benodet Beach

……but they didn’t have room for us there,  so we crossed back to the mainland and stopped over for the night in the over priced marina at Kerevel, Lorient. The only thing going for it was that it had a space big enough to take us. It is too far out of the town with few amenities and massively overpriced. Needless to say we moved on pretty swiftly in the morning.

We arrived here in Le Palais on Belle Ile on Friday (2.08.13) after a great sail over …… we were zipping along, fairly close hauled, at 7/8 knots.

We followed this beauty out of Lorient. What are the whiskers for?

We followed this beauty out of Lorient. What are the whiskers for?

Finding a place for the night is difficult as there are so many yachts on holiday in this area and very few sheltered anchorages.

After a lot of ‘courage plucking up’, I used my stumbling French to phone up and book a place for us here. As Dan says ..’its never as bad as you imagine, once you get started.’  We were met by very efficient ‘berth control’ who helped us moor up to a buoy astern and our bow tied to the harbour wall.

Our mooring (second one from the left!)

Our mooring (second one from the left!)

Le Palais is a very popular port with a laid back approach to life. The ferries arrive every half hour or so and there is always a crowd of people gathered on the harbour wall to wave and cheer a welcome.

Le Palais from the boat

Le Palais from the boat

The impressive fort that over looks us

The impressive fort that over looks us

The inner basin is for locals and fishing boats

The inner basin is for locals and fishing boats

After exploring the area on foot and dinghy on Saturday, we decided to take a look at the rest of the island by ‘car’. I think they saw us coming and gave us a bone shaker……just as well not to risk their newest model with ‘The Toad!’ at the wheel.

A tight squeeze for the Toad!

A tight squeeze for the Toad!

The Toad at the wheel

The Toad at the wheel

Moi avec coordinating colours

Moi!  avec coordinating outfit

We had breakfast in Sauzon, a very natural little village at the north of the island. If the winds had been calmer it would have been a good place to anchor. Trés tranquille!

Sauzon

Sauzon

Considering the volume of tourists that arrive daily, we were amazed that the roads, cafes and beaches that we visited en route, weren’t at all crowded.

Surf beach......think we'll wait 'til the Caribbean!

Surf beach……think we’ll wait ’til the Caribbean!

Monet painted these very rocks!

One for Mummy ……Monet painted these very rocks!

Despite the lack of people around, I just popped to the loo at the cafe and when I returned, Marcus had hooked up with some local totty!

A true british gentleman, helping an old lady to her car!

A true british gentleman, helping an old lady to her car!

We have been having problems with accessing the Internet and again, with the pressure of choosing the right time to cross Biscay, we realise how dependent we are becoming on it to access weather forecasts and grib files.
We are tracking a low pressure system, with associated thunderstorms, that is due to cross the south of Biscay on Wednesday. As soon as it is safely out of the way we will set of for La Coruna in Spain. A friend of ours, Loic, is tracking the same low and will be leaving Benodet during the same weather window…….we will hopefully meet up with him and his wife in La Coruna.

2 Comments

  1. Nice one, come for dinner anytime

    Gezza

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