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Old 26 August 2011, 06:36   #11
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Right, that's interesting. I wonder if I could get there in one push from Jersey; I make it about 130nm. Maybe if there were two of us we could take it in turns to helm. I have a friend who's a keen birdwatcher - you'll meet him on Monday. He'd love to go to Ushant as it's probably the best birdwatching spot in northern France. Incidently, did you get to visit any of the lighthouses (Créac'h, Le Stiff etc)?
To do 130 nm in a day you would really have to have glorious conditions like we have had these past few days. At 30 knts that is a minimum of 5 hours ish (including stops), of solid blasting. As soon as you can't do 30knts then it suddenly becomes a whole lot longer. I don't think we would be up for that sort of distance.

Whenever we told people that we met along the way that we were en route Ouessant they didn't seem to excited about it, it is a bit boring tbh, nothing like the CIs for visitors. Maybe for twitching it is a little different. We spoke to Simon (Anchorhandler) before we left since he spent much of the summer out there, and he said that they much prefer Molene to Ouessant because it is much more beautiful. If we had pressed on to Camaret or Brest rather than making it a day trip we would have definitly gone to Molene too.

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Old 26 August 2011, 06:39   #12
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Do you have your track recorded for the way in to Roches Douvres? What was the tide doing?
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Do you have your track recorded for the way in to Roches Douvres? What was the tide doing?
No track but there will be when the official CB report is put online, probably very shortly. We essentially left St. Malo bound for the "Grand Lehon" lighthouse in the middle of the St Brieux bay then headed north west to Roches Douvres where we had lunch. We simply headed straight in and anchored and then one boat took us in. Last year they did it without a tender...





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Ouch! Is that last one lifted off the floor by the motor?!

Maybe I won't take pilotage from the cbeebies, I've got a reputation to uphold

Peter Cumberlidge is doing an update of his CI pilot book soon, I've been asked to help out
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Secret anchorages of Brittany or North Brittany & Channel Islands cruising companion?

The cruising companion is invaluable, although it is written with yachts at heart...where do you fit in? Going to each of the places to recce?

And yep, the weight of the boat is supported by the leg...craaazzzyy people!!
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Matt - I can take you to the Roches Douvres if you want to go sometime. There is a small harbour on the west side that looks inviting but is a no-no as it has a rocky bottom. The best place to be is anchored close-in to the lighthouse on the west side. There's about 6ft of water at low tide and not too many rocks. The whole reef is pretty trecherous so someone on the bow watching for heads would be a good idea. The only good thing is that the water is crystal clear unlike MSt.M as you'll see on Monday.
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Matt - I can take you to the Roches Douvres if you want to go sometime. There is a small harbour on the west side that looks inviting but is a no-no as it has a rocky bottom. The best place to be is anchored close-in to the lighthouse on the west side. There's about 6ft of water at low tide and not too many rocks. The whole reef is pretty trecherous so someone on the bow watching for heads would be a good idea. The only good thing is that the water is crystal clear unlike MSt.M as you'll see on Monday.
I just followed them tbh and it didn't seem too bad at all getting in and out. Seemed a fairly isolated reef, not much outlying stuff. We went all the way round close in in the boats, once at high when we arrived and once later when it was much later.

Frankly theres not much to see, but I suppose you have to go there once to make that call.
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