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Smile A foggy trip back from Brittany!

I recently delivered a First 47.7 back to the Solent from Benodet.

The journey didn't start well; The flight was delayed, and then after a long journey by tram, train and taxi we found ourselves stranded at Carrefour (apparently no taxi's available to help us back to the yacht). Having phoned 5 companies and asked at several hotels and restaurants we were astonished as to how this could be?! 8 O'clock in the evening, mid tourist season and no taxi's operating! Perhaps if my French accent had been better we would have got a lift?

With a trolley filled with supplies and sailing gear we walked the 3 Mile trip over the bridge and around to Sainte Marine. The rain and drizzle helped to keep us cool as we lugged the heavy weight along what were thankfully very smooth roads...

The yacht is a fine example of a powerful and fast cruiser. Sadly we only had wind for the first few hours, so most of the trip was under power. She chugged along at around 6 kts at 1900 rpm, and we trimmed the sails as best we could to get that little bit extra.

It was a delightful passage around the Brittany coast and all was well until the fog set in! Some patchy fog had been forecast, and the conditions were just so that it didn't come as a surprise. With very little sleep and several gas canisters later we popped out into the glorious sunshine as we approached the South Coast.

If you are interested then here is a short video of the trip:


No doubt you'll recognise a few of the iconic sights along the way... I hope you enjoy!

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Re: A foggy trip back from Brittany!

Nice work - great vid. Here we do big tides so I appreciated your working those in your favour but we dont do fog! I'm sure you get use to it. I would be reassurred by radar. One assumes most people are also getting into AIS. cheers.
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Nice work - great vid. Here we do big tides so I appreciated your working those in your favour but we dont do fog! I'm sure you get use to it. I would be reassurred by radar. One assumes most people are also getting into AIS. cheers.
Glad you liked the video. Unfortunately we didn't have AIS on this yacht...

I would never set out in Fog and is a pain when it closes in. It really was very thick and exactly as we approached the shipping lanes!

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