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Camaret - L'Aberwach

We had to wait for the north going tide so it was a late start and we left Camaret at just after 1pm. We had decided to go to L'Aberwach and as Ayaya had stopped there on the way in they had decided to go elsewhere so we parted company. The wind was coming from about the north west direction so we were able to sail the whole say without the need for our engine. We first tacked across the bay as we needed to tack west before going north up the Chenal du Four, the further west we would go the few tacks we would need to make progress north before we reached the point. The sea state was perfect and after about two hours we were rounding the point and now we were sailing down wind with the tide and soon we were rock dodging to make our way in through the rock strewn narrow entrance.

As we entered the river the marina becomes visible on the right had side and out side there are twenty mooring buoys. There were three free, phew, we didn't want to go into a marina. We grabbed what we though was the nicest available (They are all the same really) and settled down for the evening and for the first time this holiday we both gave a sigh of relief. There is something magical about being on a buoy or at anchor in a river, everything is so calm and comfortable. Very quickly the wine and nibbles appeared and we made the most of what was left of the evening before the temperature dropped for once it was not raining, perhaps the good weather is finally arriving? No sooner had drinks arrived so did the shock of the harbour master asking for €53 for a night on a buoy (the average going rate os about 35), she told us that the marina was on €60 and for that we get water and electricity. The marina charge was dead in line with what we had been charged elsewhere ranging from €51-€74 per night, on the south coast of England we are charged £92 on average that's about €112 so you can see one of the reasons so many people go to France.

The next day, I caught up with with work, I always have to place orders on Monday's. Unfortunately I lost track of time and by the time we went ashore it was too late to order food so we just had a stroll around the town, there is nothing to see. We went back to the boat and had lunch on board. Later we decided to back to the village and walk up the hill as there was supposed to be more shops and a semaphore station. The hill was quite steep and it looked like a red herring after a mile we couldn't see any sign of some shops and google maps was no help, if there were shops Google hadn't bothered to map their positions. We turned back and went to the semaphore station, it it only open Wednesday to Saturday so we could only view it externally but there really was nothing to see, the exercise was beneficial.

  • It was joyous to be on a buoy for the fist timne this holiday.
  • The ramp for the life boat.

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