This video covers the 2nd leg of our 2015 transatlantic journey, ie the tour from Terceira, Azores to Brittany, France.
Our new crew, Peter & Sean Davis, John Fulghum and Doug Frauenholz, had flown to Terceira a few days before our departure and stocked up lots of fresh food, including a frozen piglet. Corinna and Lauren had flown to Germany while Nick and Philip continued on with the 4 new guys.
We left Terceira in late July and arrived in Roscoff about 10 days later.
While we did not have any significant storms to deal with, the challenges were initially more about sailing downwind as close to the rhumb line as possible, followed by low wind periods that turned against us and increased in strength.
Crossing the first traffic separation zone showed the value of our new AIS system and prepared us well for further crossings later on.
From Roscoff, our formal port of entry, we moved on the Isle de Brehat and then St Malo.
Total distance sailed: app 1400nm.
For those in countries where this YouTube video does not run, the link below might be better choice (it takes a little longer to load, though)
As most people lose interest when watching hundreds photos of someone else’s trip, here is a very quick slideshow to get an idea of what this year’s trip looked like.
A teaser to our upcoming video night at the Dory Club…
We decided to leave St Malo at around 15:00 on Tuesday. After the Frauenholzes bid us farewell, we left the dock in time for the first lock opening (2hrs before high tide). As we motored in the pouring rain towards the lock, only 4 other sailboats seems to have the same plan. Unfortunately, a freighter joined us just before the gates opened and filled about 2/3 of the lock. As that delayed the entire process, the sailboats had to rush to get in and scramble to tie up to the wall.
We took the easy way out and tied up to one of the other sailboats. As a result, there was not a lot of space left between us and the freighter and we were happy that we kept some of the fenders on port, as the departure out of the look was a narrow passage where we finally had the opportunity to bump into a freighter… – it all worked out very well and our new crew good a nice introduction into moving Tioga in close quarters.
We set sails, squared away a number of items we had left on deck and sailed into the night past numerous lighthouses, islands etc.
And of course we again forgot to put the battens into the working jib.
We made it to the locks in time (2.5hr before – 2.5 after high tide) and were assigned to a nice spot at the pier right across from the main gate. Perfect.
While St Malo is certainly impressive when approaching from the sea, it is equally special when inside the old walls. Although checking it all out when we arrived was tempting, we had to get the boat cleaned up and ready for the next crew first.
The Fulghum and Frauenholz families reunited and we went for a swim in the natural pool on the other side of town. There, we had a great time jumping off the 5m tower (which is completely submersed at high tide) and absorbing life in France. A nice French meal with the eleven of us rounded of another pretty good day.
Over the next days, various groups went sight seeing, Sean caught the train to Switzerland, Corinna and Thomas arrived and Nick took the plane to Spain. Ellen and Candace arrived and Philip continued searching for decent internet speed.
By now the new main halyard is installed, more wood is holding the liferaft above the sliding hatch and the shopping list for the final supermarket runs is ready. Routes are plotted and the weather forecasts are becoming more relevant. Next stop: Guernsey…
St Malo marks the end of the second leg of our voyage to Germany this year.
This is where we change crew. John, Doug, Sean and Nick are moving on. John and Doug will visit France for a little longer, Sean will go hiking in Switzerland and Nick will stay with friends in Barcelona.
Corinna and Thomas are taking over on Saturday (they fly to Jersey and then take the high speed ferry to St Malo). Ellen and Candace join us on Sunday (they take the train from Paris to Rennes and then St Malo).
This is our first shot of this unbelievable city – more to come: