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And still it blew…

August 13, 2011

Friday 12th August

Force 10 to Force 0!

Windsurfers enjoying a blast

Having left the boat in St Raphael and gone for dinner in the town, the wind decided to pick up even more! By the time we got back to the boat we were experiencing more than 50 knots of wind! The record that Phil saw in the time he was watching the windex was 53.4knots! We doubled up the stern lines as the wind was blowing from behind and we had a nice cool night under the duvets!

The next morning the wind had dropped to a Force 4 but we decided to stay in St Raphael as we had so much to do there – the beach, crazy golf, a carousel, ice cream shops, shopping, a sale in ‘Petit Bateaux’, so many restaurants… In fact we sampled a restaurant recommended by the lady in ‘Petit Bateaux’ called ‘Roma’. A very busy and popular restaurant that mostly served Italian. The pizzas were excellent as was the pasta and the service was quick and friendly.

Not quite the day's record but still windy!

We wandered back to the boat past the ice cream shops (needless to say ice cream was eaten!) and found the boat where we left it except now we had Force 0! There was no wind what so ever! So another peaceful night was had and everyone slept well!

We departed St Raphael and headed straight to the Iles de Lerins where we chose a spot to anchor for the afternoon. After lunch (homemade burgers and ice cream) we did lots of swimming and snorkelling, went for a stroll ashore and decided to stay at the islands for the night. A beautiful sunset over the hills was admired during dinner and some even saw the sun rise which was just as incredible.

Constant Force 9!

Once awake, we moved across to be nearer the shore of St Honorat to try and get out of the current. We did lots more snorkelling and swimming, cleaned the bottom of the boat and then went ashore for lunch at ‘La Tonnelle’ the restaurant on the island. What a lunch we had, the boys had salads and burgers, the ladies fish and pasta. One ice cream was shared by everyone and it was a most enjoyable lunch!

Unfortunately, lunch meant the end of the week for the guests and sadly we had to go back to the boat and hot-foot it to Cannes where the transfer company were waiting for us.

New Recruit 'Tender to Phil'

A super week, exciting weather, good sailing, new places visited and great friends to share it with. Now we’re off to Villefranche to pick up the next guests, a family of four, and then we’re off to Monaco for a couple of days.

A bientot…

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