From Portsmouth to La Rochelle with a RM 890

Delivering this RM 890 on behalf Fora Marine (french builder or plywood/epoxy Lombard design), I discovered a small boat but very sympathetic yacht. Inside the cabin you fill like in a bigger boat, and I experienced very nice performances, reaching at 7.5 to 8 knots with 15 to 18 knots of breeze.

In the main street of Gosport, where I remembered all those moments, as a teenager or a student, spent here before or after RORC races…. (photo Frédéric Augendre)

While a trough stretched over the channel and the Bay of Biscay, this navigation proved to be a relative rest (frozen temperatures, but low to moderate fair winds). This was not to mention the unlikely coincidence of three encounters with fishing gears (in service or not). The misadventures began halfway between England and the French coasts, when a fishing light caught in the propeller. So close to the rail of the freighters, and in quasi-absence of wind, there was no other choice but to dive. This is the moment when one is pleased to always have a mask in its sailor’s bag… and where we promise to add a neoprene suit in the future.

Glad to have made it. Very happy, also, to have run the engine before : there was hot water for the shower (photo Frédéric Augendre)

And twice, at night, we get stock in nets or such fishing gears, fortunately with no special troubles. Will fishermen someday equip their fishing buoys with light tracking devices?