La Rochelle to Pornic

First leg of the return:  La Rochelle - Saint-Martin-de-Ré - Les Sables d'Olonne - Ile d'Yeu/Port Joinville - Ile Noirmoutier/L'herbaudière - Pornic.

Crew John & Alice, Jonathan and Chris.

Bridge to Ile de Re

Bridge to Ile de Re

A great week in spite of wind on the nose on all but the last day, either too much (F6) or not really enough, with a rather uncomfortable swell on the two longer legs.   The northerly wind meant it was quite chilly out of the sun, hence the oily jackets that we hadn't expected to wear.

Tandem at St Martin de Ré citadel

Tandem at St Martin de Ré citadel

 

This is a spectacular sailing area, with lovely old ports and several fine citadels.  We made an early start most days so had time to explore on arrival at our destinations, with very enjoyable bike rides on the Ile de Ré and Ile d'Yeu.

Eve of Bastille Day fireworks, Port Joinville

Eve of Bastille Day fireworks, Port Joinville

Port de la Meule, Ile d'Yeu - we didn't take Quartette in here!

Port de la Meule, Ile d'Yeu - we didn't take Quartette in here!

 The Ile d'Yeu is a gem, with a very attractive south coast. We took a day off here to explore the island by bike.

On the last day - a short 10M sail across the bay from L'Herbaudiere to Pornic - the sunny weather and light winds gave us the chance to try out the lightweight cruising chute in the Baie de Bourgneuf - great fun and quite exhilarating.

Fishing platforms at Tharon Plage, near Pornic

Fishing platforms at Tharon Plage, near Pornic

Pornic was a very attractive town, and we were glad to have time to wander around before handing over to Andy and crew.

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