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Luxury Sailing Holidays on the French Riviera: A Winning Week!

June 2, 2012

Saturday 2nd June


This week we had the winners of our National Geographic Traveller competition onboard. They certainly made the most of their time and covered just about everything between Cannes and Monaco including the Grand Prix, Antibes Classic Sailing Regatta, Juan les Pins, a sailing photo shoot, the Iles de Lerins and Cannes! Not to mention all the anchoring in bays, swimming, sight seeing and yacht-spotting!

Our week started out well with the Grand Prix and plenty of famous faces were chased down and captured on camera – something to do with following a crazy German?! The next day we headed out of Beaulieu and up towards Monaco. We put the anchor down in a quiet bay underneath the old town of Roquebrune Cap Martin. After a trek up to the town the guests returned for a swim and some lunch and then we weaved our way through the superyachts still hanging around from the Grand Prix and made our way into Port Fontvieille.

Port Fontvieille, Monaco

Just as the sun was setting Nick ran back to the boat, grabbed his camera and said ‘You see up there?’ (pointing up a mountain behind Monaco), ‘I’m going, the light’s great.’ And off he went to take pictures!

The next day saw us heading to Villefranche. We had a little sail but there wasn’t much wind so Donkey helped us out and soon we were anchored in the bay for lunch. We moved into the marina, said hello to old friends and Nick and Iliyana went off to Nice to meet some of their friends.

Happy Birthday!

Wednesday saw us heading towards Antibes and Phil woke up a whole year older than the day before! We managed to sailat about 3 – 4 knots across the Baie des Anges and made it to a beautiful bay under the villas on the Cap d’Antibes for lunch. We were kept entertained by the classic yachts practising sail hoists for their regatta which would start the next day. After lunch and a swim we continued round the cap to Juan les Pins and celebrated Phil’s birthday with a delicious meal in an Italian restaurant.

Thursday morning and the explorers were up early and off to Antibes. Returning at 11.30 they had seen the market, the fishermen, the classic yacht crews and were ready for the next bit! We left the marina and headed out into the bay and discovered a beautifully flat sea with a force 2-3 wind blowing – perfect for video shooting. We hove to and the men got into Terry and the girls sailed the boat! Iliyana and I sailed up and down and round and round and eventually the men said ‘ok’. Once back onboard, we sailed off to the Iles de Lerins and once again anchored for lunch!

A sundowner

An afternoon and evening spent exploring Sainte MArgarite worked up a good appetite for dinner on board and a night under the stars.

All too soon it was time for breakfast and and then we had a leisurely motor around the islands, past the fort and monastery on Saint Honorat before dropping anchor between the islands and waving the guests off on another trip ashore! Once back onboard and fed and watered we made our way over to Cannes, past the Norwegian Giant cruise ship and spent our last night tucked up in Cannes. What a busy week! The guests have had a fabulous time and we have made new friends and enjoyed the company immensely.

Now it’s off to Italy for us so a good scrub and a clean out and we’ll be off. Happy Sailing!

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