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May 17, 2011

Tuesday 17th May

We had a busy day yesterday: Cannes Film Festival!

Cannes Film Festival

We started off nice and early from Villefranche (our berth being opened as the fuel berth that day!) and headed for the Iles de Lerins, specifically Sainte Marguerite. We anchored up and had a lovely lunch and Phil and the guests had a quick trip ashore to suss out the restaurant (open in the evenings July and August).

Having had lunch we moved across the (very shallow – 1.8m under the keel!) water to just outside Cannes. It was like a boat showroom – every type of boat was there. There were classic sailing yachts, brand new motor yachts, traditional style motor yachts, RIBs by the dozen, helicopters flying in twos (one to protect the one with famous people in!), and a lot of crews and even more guests onboard.

Classic at Cannes

We took our guests ashore in Zoom – a wonder in itself – it was rather low loaded and quite choppy! They saw some famous people on the red carpet, had a look at the horrendously expensive designer shops, and even managed a trip up to the old town.

Having safely returned to ‘First Essential’ we decided to anchor quietly back at Sainte Marguerite for a rather quieter night than we would have got outside Cannes marina! A peaceful night was had by all, the boat doing several 180’s during the night as the wind changed!

So to today – another beautiful day, not so hot on the water but roasting in the marina! We made our way around the backof the Iles de Lerins and saw the monastery on Saint Honorat. Then on towards Frejus. We passed the red rock cliffs and anchored just inside the Ile d’Or for moules frites onboard before moving on to Frejus itself. The wind picked up this afternoon so we had a leisurely sail up the bay of Frejus.

Ile d'Or

On arrival at the port, I finally managed to get hold of the marina on the radio and assure them that we had asked this morning for a berth. No problem… V701, first pontoon on the right… when will you arrive? ‘’Toute de suite’’! So in I went, found a man waving at me and directing up an alley between some rather nice looking boats and a Beneteau fitting out area. Slowly backwards I crept in and impressed all the men gathered on the quay watching!!

The guests have gone for a look around Frejus/St Raphael and tomorrow we are off to St Tropez darling! The boat has been scrubbed, inside and out, windows cleaned, floors polished, wine chilled…

At anchor

One Comment leave one →
  1. Julia F permalink
    May 18, 2011 12:59 pm

    Sounds like you’re doing fantastic job! Glad all is going well and looking forward to more updates!

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