Pornichet did not offer much save a night’s rest in my opinion. It was the outer harbour of a holiday busy resort. We left there for L’Herbaudiere but as we got closer I decided to telephone the marina to be told that they were full! At that moment there was a squall with sheeting rain and winds of 20 knots plus. The stanchion holding the solar bridge steered through due to rust, vibration and wind. I did a lash up repair. It was annoying as it only lasted 8 weeks from new and we told Visser in Monnickedam at the time that it looked poor quality. We have now been told in La Rochelle it is not fit for purpose. I am hoping a yacht service here can do a temporary fix until we have it done properly. It is however causing more money and delay. I have emailed Jurian at Visser for his view and will report soon.
Anyway, I navigated now for Pornic about 3 hours away. We got in soaked but as usual the sun came out. Pornic is lovely but as always wi if on the pontoons did not work. The staff were nice and helpful. The town is worth a visit.
we left next day for St giles de vie and again the bridge stanchion fix came loose in strong winds and this time I cut my finger and blood appeared everywhere. Anyway I did another “fix” and we carried on. St Giles Croix de vie ( proper name) is nice and the marina staff were great. They met you in dinghies and took your lines. The town is full of shops. We ate well in one of the cafes.
We left at 8.30 the following day for the long run to La Rochelle . 50 nms and arrived about 5.30 pm. The tidal atlas shows the tides against at low water under the bridge before La Rochelle but it was with us. The tides along this coast vary as there are bays and islands all effecting direction. We stayed at the new Minimines marina where wifi, staff and services are great. There is a beach next to the Marina which we may try later. We want to leave for Bilbao but at this time, await a repair man! There was an international regatta here when we arrived and there is an extensive racing calendar here. The supermarket needs a bike but they let you hire one for free.
We hope to cross Bicay next week. We met a former sailing couple Anita and Paul, who now through health problems now use a motor home. Anyway , with their help we fixed the stanchion by replacement fittings. We sorted the cruising chute and I have the start of a preventer which is a line which stops the mast boom swinging across the cockpit accidently with potentially dangerous results. We went by ferry to the city itself, which had concerts nightly ( pop!!). Plenty of shops with sales on. Corry is getting brown but needs to be careful. I am black!
We are crossing Biscay on Tuesday morning. Weather is up to 19 knots at worst and will also be still at other times over the 36 hour crossing. Food is being had today and the hydrovane self steering set up.