Bonjour!

we left Lymington at 17.00 (note now using proper times) on Monday, it’s now 08.58 UTC I think! On Wednesday and we’re in France.

I’d like to do some travel brochure blurb on the journey here, glorious blue skies, flat waves and crystal clear waters but that would in fact be a bit of a lie, much like the usual travel brochure blurbs you read. 

The plan was to go via salcombe but with the impending thunderstorms we changed the route about 20 miles before we got there and decided to head straight across the channel.

I am told that we did pass down the middle of the storm clouds with them being either side of our route, but unfortunately I missed that because I spent most of yesterday asleep!  Craig tells me it was the most spectacular thing his ever seen with lightening strikes both sides of boat and rolling cloud a hundred yards high and a mile long looking like an avalanche of snow rolling through the sky – as we passed through the clear trough in the midddle someone was clearly looking down and protecting us! 

Not sure if was just relief that we had left, all the strains of the last few months leaving me, or yes Ellwyn ‘everyone gets seasick’ I got seasick.  Eventually a Cinnarizine and two upchucks later I was back on an even keel (pardon the pun!) but boy did I sleep.

I also missed the fog 10 miles before we reached the French coast where you couldn’t see beyond the end of the boat, thankfully due to the systems we have on the boat we could sail through it – Craig says he now know what a heads up display pilot feels like.  I did wake up at this point but was told there wasn’t any point coming up cos there’s nothing to see.  But oh, I’m finally awake! 

Along the way in the periods of stability, we were met by some dolphins jumping in and out of the bow wave on the boat but rather inconsiderably they disappeared by the time the cameras were at the ready – must have been French dolphins! 

There were some pretty rough bits for a novice sailor like me, but it was certainly a test for the boat and for where things are stored – some are no longer in their original positions!

Anyway we are now anchored up in some place called Camaret, unfortunately not on a buoy as after two attempts and finally hooking on we realised that a collision with the boat next door might be in order in the middle of the night, so scrapped that idea!and went to bed about 03.45.

Nevertheless we got here in one piece having been through some 25 mph winds and the feeling of ‘get me to the nearest airport I’ll meet you in Gibraltar’ have passed.

Today’s plan is start heading for the Bay of Biscay around lunchtime when everything’s in our favour, so don’t be alarmed if we’re not in contact for a few days.

Au revoir mes amies!

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