Skipper in Corsica on a Jeanneau 57

This photo is taken at the masthead of a Jeanneau 57, which used its drisse of large moulded sail (i.e. climbed back and forth with fixed point at the top and pulley on the head of the sail) at an abnormal speed. On a unit of this size, it is not easy to discern from the bridge what is going on up there, even with a good pair of binoculars, so it was necessary to climb to discover the pot-aux-roses, not to say the bag of knots: a beast conflict between drisse and balance. Once the ropes were uncrossed, the injured drisse had to be replaced.

This adventure aside, the ten-day cruise from Calvi was like a charm. The owners of the boat, experienced boaters who since the beginning of the summer sailed on their new sailboat with a couple of friends, were this time alone with their children and grandchildren. In this new context, they had wanted the help of a professional to secure navigation.

The weather was not always perfectly mild for an August, it was necessary in the first days to manage the seasickness of the little ones, and be careful not to lengthen the steps too much. This big week, however, allowed us to go down to Propriano, not without lingering on the way back and forth in the Scandola reserve (attention, day-only mooring only), or in the tiny port of Girolata, which we never get weary of (not more than its good tables, nestled in an exceptional setting).

The cruise was also an opportunity to fine-tune the port manoeuvres with the owners: they previously owned a 45-foot sailboat, and the transition to a nearly 18-metre boat like the Jeanneau 57 is no small matter. As for a used sailboat, there were as always many technical details to discover, improve or repair: my technical report at the end of the mission provided a whole series of tracks for the future winter shipyard.