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Family Sailing: A day out on the sea

May 29, 2013

I’ve had a pretty successful week this week by all accounts and am feeling rather proud of myself!

The view from my port hole

The view from my port hole

Having left Beaulieu port to anchor in the bay we had rather a lot of wind. But trusting in our anchoring skills, we held fast and I even managed to sleep a full night’s sleep without getting up every hour to see that we were ok! I was rewarded for my good sleeping with this beautiful sunrise at 5.30am! Needless to say that Phil didn’t see it!!

Not so nice!

Not so nice!

As you can see from this picture we’ve had very changeable weather this week and have had to keep a good look out. We’ve avoided most rain and surprisingly the forecast thunder and lightning has not materialised yet!

Sail-by-the-wind jellyfish

Sail-by-the-wind jellyfish

Another success this week has been the identifying of these rather odd looking creatures. We first saw them last year on our way to Italy but didn’t think much of it and assumed they were some sort of spillage from a ship. However, this year they are in France and there are millions of them. So, making use of the kids fishing nets, I investigated further whilst at anchor. I got a couple of tingly fingers when I touched the bottom of them thinking they looked like sea anemones and it wasn’t long before some kind soul identified them as ‘sail-by-the-wind’ jellyfish, a relative of the Portugese Man of War!

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We also completed our first day charter with Elegant Address this week – another success. We had a lovely family on board for the day. We took them over to the Iles de Lerins for a wander round the beautiful Saint Honorat, the monastery and the fort before serving a delicious lunch back on First Essential. Another little cruise later, sadly under engine as there was no wind, and we were back at Juan les Pins and the champagne came out. A lovely day and we’re looking forward to doing some more.

A lovely family day out

A lovely family day out

We’re having fun trying out some contenders for this year’s menu and so far we’re having lots of success! We’ve tried some mixed canapé plates with little endive, blue cheese, walnut and honey mouthfuls, sun-dried tomato plamiers and prosciutto and rocket rolls.

Canapés

Canapés

We’ve tried a new main course consisting of crispy-skinned salmon with a fennel and tomato salad.

Crispy-skinned salmon with fennel and tomato salad

Crispy-skinned salmon with fennel and tomato salad

And finally a new twist on a delicous dessert: coconut panna cotta, which I served with dark chocolate drops and orange and lemon shortbread.

Coconut Panna Cotta

Coconut Panna Cotta

We’re now in Beaulieu port again hiding from another gale but the sun is shining and the washing dried in less than an hour!! Next week we’re off back towards Cannes to meet up with some friends and do some work! Here’s hoping the French have all been good, said their prayers and the weatherman is kind and gives us a break in the wind!

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