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September 10, 2011

Saturday 10th September


Sunrise over Fontvieille

We picked up 4 guests on Thursday, 2 at 11am and 2 at 4pm. Having welcomed them all onboard we enjoyed a dinner together on deck in Villefranche. For starter we had a summer onion soup with garlic and cheese crouton; main was a saffron potato with salmon and julienne summer vegetables and for dessert a white chocolate panna cotta with raspberries. All accompanied by a lovely rose wine produced from the vines around St Tropez.

On Friday 2 guests were up and off running but soon discovered that it’s rather warm still at 9am! After breakfast we left Villefranche (having said goodbye and thank you for looking after us this season) and headed to Monaco. We had a lovely sail in an ENE breeze of about 10 knots. We made it to Port Fontvieille about midday and were soon tied up under the cliffs enjoying lunch – chicken, avocado and mango salad followed by lemon and orange cakes.

The hills behind Monaco

The afternoon was spent exploring the town, the pool, the beach, and the big boats! And in the evening, after a couple of drinks onboard dinner was sampled at two restaurants around the port by the guests. Phil and I went out for dinner with an American friend we have made and keep bumping into around the Riviera. A peaceful night was had until 5am when the noisy men on the large motor boat next door came back and started playing terrible music to impress young ladies. Phil was straight out there and asked them to turn it down, which they kindly did, and the ladies promptly left, meaning peace was restored again!!

Today we’ve had an eventful trip, although only a few miles up the coast to Menton.

Our American friend's boat 'Aweigh of thinking'

We leftFontvieille in record time (before 10am!!) and put the sails up, another lovely ENE breeze was blowing and we had a lovely sail to Cap Martin. On the way we saw dolphins – the first we have seen this season. A guest saw a fin a few yards away and then one came right down the side of the boat. So albeit brief – we saw dolphins!! We continued on our way and were soon anchored for a swim and snorkel and then enjoyed lunch: tomato tarte tatin; potato, cucumber and mint salad; local hams and cheeses all followed by peach and raspberry pavlovas!

Swimming races

As we were relaxing after lunch we were slowly aware of a lot of small yellow kayaks appearing on the water and choosing a spot and sticking to it. It seemed very odd but then I noticed the large inflatable buoys and a few motor boats, as well as a large crowd gathered on the beach. We were soon enlightened as the hooter went and a series of swimming races began. It was soon time to take up the anchor and head for shore once more. Tonight we are in the old port of Menton, the last stop before Italy!

Sadly we’re not going on to Italy tomorrow, we’re off to Beaulieu and a trip up a little hill to the village of Eze.

A bientot…

One Comment leave one →
  1. Sally aka Mum permalink
    September 11, 2011 7:26 pm

    All the children are abroad; very weird. The season seems to have been brill. Well done both of you. Can’t wait to see you soon. Love Mum xxx

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