To Sauzon, Belle Île – 30 June, 1 to 4 July, 19, 12, 30, 50 miles
The winds were behind us, but very light for the next few days.
We left Le Conquet hoping to round the Raz de Sein and reach Audierne,
but the wind vanished 10 miles before the Raz, and we decided to motor
to the Île de Sein while we still had a fair tide.
The Île de Sein has an inner harbour that dries at low water springs,
with very hard sand that requires a very effective anchor – we’d
previously dragged there using a CQR and also with a Fortress. However,
our Kobra dug in at first drop, and there was enough water for us to
Harbour in Île de Sein
Next morning we sailed in a gradually increasing breeze to Audierne,
where we might have had enough puff to continue round Penmarc’h on the
tide. However, we love Audierne, so went up the short stretch of river
to the town. There is a marina right in the town, but, with the blessing
of the harbourmaster, we anchor fore and aft on the other side of the channel to
get the best view for nothing.
Anchored in Audierne
Next day, it was raining, so we stayed put and did some more fitting
out. But the following day was fine, with a WSW F2, and we sailed all
except the last couple of miles to Loctudy, where we anchored
half-a-mile up the river opposite a chateau.
And then we had a day when the wind, light at first, picked up to a good
F4, allowing us to zoom past the Îles de Glenan and the Île de Groix
direct to Belle Île, where we entered the beautiful drying inner harbour
of Sauzon to pick up buoys fore and aft.
Belle Île is another good jumping off point for North Spain. However,
the weather pattern seemed to be one of fierce depressions further
offshore, with variable, mainly favourable but unsettled winds down the
coast. So, we decided to continue our coastal passage, enjoying the
French food and wine the while.
Sauzon from the harbour
Upper harbour with Yamcat
Next day, we moved further up the harbour to lie to our own anchors –
still chargeable, but half the price. Nearby was Yamcat, another
catamaran the same size as Razzmatazz, a Woods Sagitta 30, and we
swapped stories with her crew, Alan and Jean.