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Escape from Cannes!

July 23, 2011

Thursday 21stJuly

Hobie Cats enjoying the wind

Having spent 5 nights in Cannes sitting out the wind and storms and playing with Louis Vuitton’s tigers, we decided to make a break for it. We left the port, knowing that we still had a strong wind warning, but with only a Westerly 2 showing on the wind instruments! (I think the big tall hotels might have had something to do with it!). We got into the bay between the islands and Cannes and put 3 reefs in the main sail and 3 in the genoa. We were making 6 knots quite comfortably and once we turned more downwind round the islands we had more genoa out and made 7 knots.

View down to St Tropez

The views today were incredible. We could see down to Saint Tropez and up to Italy quite clearly instead of there just being the usual haze. On the mountains behind Nice we could see the snow-capped tops. The news the day before had said that Hautes-Alpes had had snow and low and behold – there it was! Snow in July!! You always know it’s going to be windy when it’s crystal clear views!

After a speedy sail to the Cap d’Antibes we hid in La Garoupe for lunch. The wind chilled out a bit and we were hidden from the swell. So we had a lovely lunch in the sunshine. Then as is it’s prerogative, the wind came back from the East this time and we had anything from a constant 14 knots to gusts of 30 knots that lasted for 10 minutes at a time! Needless to say we didn’t copy the crazy French and go for full sail broaches, we had a more conservative 3 reefs in the main and 1 in the genoa so that, nicely balanced we made 6 – 8 knots up wind to Villefranche.

Snow in July!

Once in Villefranche we anchored up and had a cup of tea! We were allowed in to the marina but we were using the fuel berth so couldn’t go in until 7pm. So after a quick trip ashore and a wander around (anything to avoid sitting in a side-on swell!) we motored in to our place for the night.

This morning the plan was to leave Villefranche, sail up to Monaco and have a look and then sail back to St-Jean-Cap-Ferret. On the way past St-Jean was very busy, not surprising as it is the only place out of the huge swell, and not to mention the huge super yachts hiding out there. ‘Octopus’ belongs to a guy from Microsoft and ‘Al Mirqab’ belonging to Middle-Eastern

Opposite our mooring in Fontvieille

Royalty were hanging out there. So once up at Monaco we called Fontvieille (the very pretty marina in Monaco) and they, very surprisingly, had a space. So that is where we are now, tied up under the Prince of Monaco’s palace, eating ice cream, thanking our lucky stars we’re not out in the gale that’s arrived with the afternoon wind!

Tomorrow it’s back to Villefranche

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