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Weekend Sailing and the Summer Sailstice

June 25, 2013

This week we popped into Cannes Port to shelter from some wind and rough seas as well as topping up the battery charge and filling the tanks with water. We quickly discovered it was Cannes Lions week – a week where all the top advertising and media guys, some 15,000 of them, come together and have ‘meetings’, drinks on nice boats, and a lot of parties! We were extremely lucky to be invited to one boat reception as one of our guests for the weekend was in Cannes for the Lions and had a problem with a hotel and ended up arriving to us a few days early! So off we went to Bojangles, a 100 footer, met some very nice people and drank champagne with a view from the bow to our little boat – at least it had the tallest mast on it’s pontoon!

Bojangles in action

Bojangles in action

Whilst Skype, Google, Spotify, Facebook and all the other advertising and media companies entertained, we cleaned and primped and cooked getting ready for our weekend guests. We were treated to Will.I.Am one night but we didn’t even need to leave our beds to enjoy that party as it was so loud we could hear it from our cabin!

Our lovely guests

Our lovely guests

The rest of our lovely guests joined us on Friday afternoon and we quickly whisked them out to the Iles de Lerins to a quiet spot under the fort on Sainte Margherite for lunch – salmon with a fennel, olive and tomato salad and lemon tarts all washed down with some delicious Rose wine from St Tropez.

As there was a fabulous breeze blowing, a perfect 8 – 10 knots from the Northeast, we hoisted the sails and cruised around the bay to the Cap d’Antibes, turned the corner and made a whopping 9 knots towards Port Vauban in Antibes! We tied up here for the night and after a drink with lots of live music in the old town (it was the Fete de la Musique), dinner was served on board First Essential – mixed canapé plates, duck breast with a balsamic glaze and honey sauce and poached saffron pears and homemade vanilla ice cream.

Canapés

Canapés

Saturday morning saw us leaving Antibes and parking up in La Garoupe bay for the morning. We were the first ones there but it quickly filled with day boats and dinghies all making the most of the weekend sunshine. After lunch – local hams and cheeses with a green salad and coconut pannacotta – we headed across the Baie des Anges, briefly joining in the sail for the Summer Sailstice, to arrive outside Paloma Beach for a dinner reservation. Once back on board, we cut through the dark under a full moon to our berth in Port Beaulieu. However, it wasn’t long before we were back outside Paloma beach for a swim before breakfast on Sunday morning!

A new way to be served ice cream!

A new way to be served ice cream!

We had a brief sail around Cap Ferret but the wind had other places to be and left us for a while so we anchored up in Villefranche bay. We deployed our stern anchor as well as the normal anchor as there was a rather large swell running and we’re not keen on the rocking! We were watched by every boat around but we felt very smug when they were all rolling from side to side and we were very comfily sitting into the waves! After lunch – bulghar wheat, date and clementine salad with garlic and chilli chicken and a date and amaretto tiramisu, we did some swimming, sleeping and chilling before heading into the lovely little port of Villefranche. After a walk around the town, dinner was served on board – hummus and crudités, blackened cod, and a very light, flourless, chocolate and pear tart.

Villefranche

Villefranche

Monday morning came all too quickly and after a quick swim in Beaulieu, the clouds came in and threatened us with a lot of rain and wind. We moved into Port Beaulieu, enjoyed a last lunch – bacon, onion and cheese quiche with mixed salad and a sour cherry pavlova – before waving goodbye to our lovely guests. We’ve had a fabulous weekend, the guests have left feeling relaxed and are a little bit more tanned than when they arrived.

Here’s what they had to say about their holiday:

‘Kate and Phil, Having sailed with other firms in previous years as you know, perhaps our standards or expectations were pre-set or we at least had a benchmark from which to begin. However, as we have expressed to you throughout this lovely weekend, you guys have not only met or surpassed those expectations but truly smashed them on every level. The sailing/yachtsmanship, the cleanliness, the service and the wonderful, wonderful food! As we have all agreed, the output from the tiny galley has been quite remarkable by the standards of any kitchen and every single meal has been outstanding. We’ve had a truly lovely time and 3 nights of doing this equates to a 7-10 day holiday of relaxation by any measure. Very many thanks to you both and see you next year. Gareth and Anita.”

‘There are kitchens in London, New York or Paris – well equipped and staffed by the finest chefs – which still could not create a meringue quite so crisp, fluffy and delicate. How can such a small and swaying cabin produce a blackened cod to rival Nobu or an eggs benedict that would even satisfy the late Michael Winner? Not only can this girl cook, she can also sail a boat!? We have left feeling relaxed (albeit slightly inadequate). Thanks Phil and Kate for a lovely few days on your boat. May your holiday empire grow quickly and flourish. Love, Charlie and Saskia.’

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 27, 2013 9:23 am

    Sounds wonderful!
    The ice cream and rosé lady is great to have around when you are on a boat between the Lerins Islands.

  2. Sally permalink
    June 28, 2013 8:12 am

    Very proud of you both.
    Mum

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