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Juan-les-Pins and Antibes Classic Regatta

June 12, 2011

Sunday 12th June

A classic in Antibes

Juan-les-Pins

We managed three nights in Villefranche, sleeping oh so well each night whilst thunderstorms, rain, wind, huge clouds, and any other adverse weather you can think of passed over the top of us! By Friday the forecast had brightened and the wind had died down enough to let us get out of the marina! We picked up our now clean and ironed linen, paid our fees, filled up with diesel (only one tank but 160 litres!) and headed off towards the Iles de Lerins.

Another classic

We had a beautiful sail, wind was S – SE 3 – 4, which made for good speed if not a little choppy. On the way down we passed the first race of Antibes Classic Sailing Regatta. We met the boats as they were returning round the Cap d’Antibes on their downwind run. The boats range from small classic style boats built before the 1980s and huge classic classic yachts built before 1950. What a sight they were! We suddenly encountered SW force 5 as they were passing us, so the sails went down and we headed for the islands pretty quickly!

D1

The wind soon died down again and we stayed anchored up for the night on the West side of the islands, sheltered from the worst wind. We had a terrible roll on though when the wind died and so the next day Phil decided we were off across the Golfe de Juan to Juan-les-Pins, a place we visited on our trip around the South coast. We sailed with the jib, doing a leisurely 2 knots, and eventually anchored up 3 miles later just off the tiny harbour of Port de Mallet (6 fishing boats makes a harbour you know!)

K4

We had a lovely view of some of the Cap d’Antibes’ finest villas and mansions and little did we know that in the morning we would be joined by all the boats of the rich and famous that were staying at the Hotel du Cap. Many were not used at all but were there just in case they were needed and some entertained for lunch and then left whilst others got all the toys out! Last night, after all the hubbub of the big motor boats and indeed the French day-trippers, we were joined by about 20 sailing yachts, all seeking an anchorage for the night.

This morning we decided to head off out of Juan-les-Pins. We wanted to see the final day of the Voiles d’Antibes, take some pictures, pop into Antibes, and listen to the music. We got the pictures but unfortunately the wind (E3-4) meant that we couldn’t anchor in Antibes, so we carried on at a rate of knots to Villefranche. We had a fabulous sail, the sun came out and now we’re anchored up in amongst a lot of boats. Never have I seen it so busy here. But I’m sure they’ll all have left by tonight and we’ll have the bay pretty much all to ourselves again.

Race on

Villefranche is home for now, who knows when we’ll up anchor again, but the forecast is good, the sun is back and the weather pattern is slowly returning to normal! The barometer is even rising again…

A bientot…

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