We set sail from Millbrook (near Plymouth) at midday on 8 July, bound initially for West Brittany. Our objective was to reach North West Spain as quickly as could be done in comfort and safety, then to spend 2 months or so visiting the nicest places in North Spain and West France, all preferably with little use of the engine, and avoiding formal yacht harbours and marinas. As an aside, it's worth stating that we don't do "passage plans", in the sense that don't have a planned destination, and certainly not an ETA. We like to sail everywhere, with little use of the engine. This means that our average speed varies unpredictably between zero and around 8 knots. What we do do is have "passage strategies", meaning that we study the charts and pilot books for our intended area, look up the tides and check the weather forecast. We then choose a course, but the actual destination is chosen during the voyage, depending on conditions and how we feel.
Luke enjoying some vigorous cat sailing in the company
of Harry Potter