From La Rochelle to Roche Bernard in RM 890

The Fora Marine shipyard had called on me in the spring to ferry from Portsmouth this RM 890 expected in La Rochelle for a SAV operation. Once the repairs were done, the English owner, eager to spend his summer holidays in South Brittany, asked me to take it back to La Roche Bernard. This short […]

Five days with family on a 40 feet to get in trust

Every customer has their expectations, every boarding his program. This time, it was a matter of accompanying a small family who plans to buy a sailboat in a year or two for a sabbatical trip around the Mediterranean. In the couple, one enchens the stages level 3 Glénans, the other starts at level 1. If […]

Coaching in Marseille

A couple of customers, eager to access the autonomy in coastal cruising, ordered me two days of boat tuition aboard a Sunfast 32i chartered in Marseille. Mixing practical and theory, the week-end was an intense one. Technical checkings and safety briefing, harbour manoeuvres in different situations and with different wind directions, anchorages, sails manoeuvres and […]

Cowes-Cherbourg en Mills 37

East or West? Downwind, or wind of the direct road? For Cowes-Cherbourg, the last race of the OCRN season (the very British Royal Ocean Racing Club), I found my Russian customers of the Morgan Cup on board their proto Mills 37 Thunder II. In the tide of whitewater, and with moderate to low winds, the […]

From La Rochelle to the Canary Islands with a Lucia 40

Ten days is the time that we have had to go down from La Rochelle to Lanzarote (Canary Islands) aboard this catamaran Lucia 40 from Fountaine-Pajot, flying the Canadian pavilion. This was the first stage of a transatlantic passage that should lead us to Saint Lucia (lesser Antilles) next December. By then the boat should […]

Back to Cowes

I have been carrying out a consultancy mission to accompany a client in the acquisition of his future cruiser-racer.  This is how the day after the Morgan Cup I was in Cowes to visit a Elan 350. In this small town I have accumulated so many memories, since my first stopover with the family boat until […]