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Family Sailing: Cool Anchorages

June 18, 2013

Well, I would say it’s nice to be tied up in Cannes but the sun is blazing down and the wind we’re trying to shelter from is very effectively being blocked by the Palais des Festivals  so there’s no breeze at all! I guess you can’t have it all!

Sunset over Beaulieu

Sunset over Beaulieu

We’ve spent the last few days at anchor and we’ve been treated to exceptionally calm seas and cooling light breezes – I’ve even managed a swim every day!

Our first few nights were at Beaulieu, outside a little port, Port Fourmis, that we can’t get into due to our depth and generally being way too big! We were treated to fireworks one night, various light displays from the super yachts and a collection of France’s reality TV superstars singing and dancing in St Jean another night!

No worries on the islands

No worries on the islands

We then decided to make a move to the Iles de Lerins for the weekend. Having chosen our spot in crystal clear, blue water we had lunch – steak frites – and then had a swim round the yacht. We had one of the calmest nights we’ve ever had there and slept incredibly well. I had a run round the larger island the following morning. Being Sunday it was incredibly quiet and not hard to imagine myself being the first person ever to land and explore! It’s so difficult to describe the peace and tranquility that these islands afford and even with the hundreds of boats that flock there it really is a true escape from all the hustle and bustle that is Cannes and the surrounding coast.

Monastery on Saint Honorat

Monastery on Saint Honorat

From there we sailed across to Juan les Pins and decided, once the anchor was in, that we’d take a stroll to Antibes. It’s only a mile across the Cap so we took a picnic tea and had a wander around the mega yachts on billionaire’s row!

Today we sailed across the bay to Theoule to get fuel (it’s cheaper here than Cannes and the guy is also friendly!). We anchored up, had roast chicken for lunch (we had to have it as the freezer has gone into protest over the heat and has defrosted itself and it’s contents!), and then filled up with fuel. Once full we motored across to Cannes and have pretty much spent the rest of the afternoon trying to avoid getting too hot!

Theoule-sur-Mer

Theoule-sur-Mer

We’re looking forward to our weekend charter and are busy planning stops although there’s always a lot of last minute decisions due to the weather! So, until next week, I will mostly be found swimming somewhere in the Cote d’Azur or in the freezer aisle of any Supermarket!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. June 18, 2013 7:59 pm

    pawesome!

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