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The hottest day so far…

May 23, 2011

Monday 23rd May

The hottest day so far…

Oceanographic Musuem, Monaco

On Saturday evening our new guests arrived onboard, 6 in total. Kir was drunk, nibbles were eaten, cabins chosen and filled, dinner done and a considerable amount of refreshments were drunk. A leisurely breakfast followed on Sunday, followed by a calm departure from Villefranche accompanied by the Classic yachts that were visiting for the weekend and a cruise ship entering the harbour for the day.

Monte Carlo and the Casino

We headed to Monaco, where we were to berth in Fontvieille marina – not the biggest marina in Monaco, or where the super yachts are, but certainly the prettiest back drop to any marina I have ever been in to. The Monaco cliffs drop straight down into the marina with the Prince’s castle sitting just on top and we could even see a slice of the Cathedral from our berth. A beautiful setting for lunch.

A good afternoon of ‘walking the circuit’, made even more exciting by the preparations for the upcoming Grand Prix – pit lanes and garages with famous names on, a Ferrari truck, the grandstands, the new road surface, the grid, the commentary boxes – and a wander around the old town back to the boat was enjoyed by all.

Relaxing onboard

After a refreshing shower onboard dinner was enjoyed in the ‘Beef Bar’, near the boat and then a trip up to the Casino was planned. A successful, if not somewhat late night, was enjoyed by all and a leisurely breakfast this morning followed.

We only had 5 miles to go today up to Menton so our departure at 1115 (with the next boat already waiting for the space!) was not a problem. The forecast got it wrong – wind ENE 3 – 4 was definitely not around today, we had wind F0 so Donkey was called on for a stroll. We anchored on the East side of Cap Martin for a well-needed swim and snorkel and the more adventurous made it to the beach. Just after we anchored, a boat came along and laid a ‘no anchoring’ buoy next to us. I’m not sure as to which part of the year these buoys are referring to as there were other boats there and more joined us as the afternoon went on!!

Swimming from the boat

At 3 o’clock we left the anchorage, still with no wind, and headed to Menton a quick Donkey ride away. Another beautiful place, best viewed from the water of course, and a peaceful mooring in the old harbour. I’m not sure the boat we are next to will be floating in the morning as it’s rather small and being squished between fatty us and a big American motor boat!

The temperature is slowly cooling down, the air-con said we were at 34 degrees inside and it was definitely hotter outside in the sun! The forecast for the next two days sounds familiar; ‘wind variable 2 – 3’, but at least it is 2 – 3 not 1 – 3 so we could be in luck and get a breeze tomorrow. We’re heading to Antibes to celebrate one of guest’s birthday and to pick up 2 who are rejoining us after leaving on Sunday after 1 night as they work up in the mountains.

First EssentialMenton

Two beautiful new ports visited, almost made it to Italy – I can see it out of the porthole – been for a swim, have got a bit browner, and am still thoroughly enjoying the French Riviera!

 

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Saghi Zarbafi permalink
    May 24, 2011 2:30 pm

    Hi Kate and Phil

    Reading this from my office I’m envious! Sounds like you are having a wonderful time. The guests won’t want to leave at the end of the week!

    Looking forward to the next update.

    Speak soon.

    Saghi

  2. sally whitehead permalink
    May 24, 2011 7:23 pm

    Really pleased all going so well. Send us some warm weather. Won’t be quite the same on My Tern this weekend in 15 layers of jumpers. Miss you both. Sally/Mum

  3. Daddy permalink
    May 25, 2011 10:45 pm

    Hi, Kate and Phil. Spent the evening catching up withyour blogs – they’re very good. I’m so glad things have got off to a good start for you. The places you are visiting are making me very green with envy. I bet you enjoyed Monaco, Phil. Hope I’ll see you later in the year. Look after the boat (and the guests!) and well done! – I’m very proud of you both. Love, Daddy x

  4. sally whitehead permalink
    May 26, 2011 8:12 pm

    Not the hottest day here. Back to winter woolies. Nice to see Kate swimming with a funny face. Speak soon.

  5. Daddy permalink
    May 26, 2011 8:17 pm

    Hi, Kate and Phil. Have spent an evening reading up on your blog. It’s very good and I’m so pleased that things have got off to a good start for you. I’d love to visit all the places you are calling in at and I’m really looking forward to joining you later in the year. Look after the boat (and the guests!). I’m very proud of you both. Love, Daddy x PS. Need to speak soon re: wedding. Can you arrange to skype at some point?

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