A Capella of Belfast Blogs

La Corunna in the sunshine

Finally crossed Biscay! No photos of that as not really a photo moment – big seas and winds.  Philippe and Jon Luc, our French skippers certainly knows how to do Biscay and were great.  Now well rested and motoring in glorious sunshine just of La Corunna and actually we would love a bit more wind!  A bit of mending this morning on the boom brake and Julian’s tools came into their own.  There are many of them, but I am told you cannot have too many!  Should be round Cape Finisterre this evening and heading South.

Slow progress

Storm Ophelia and her mates are slowing our progress across Biscay and onto the Canaries.  We have had a successful 24 hr trip with our French crew from Cherbourg to Camaret sur Mer where we were storm bound.  Julian and I then took the boat onto Concarneau where we are again storm bound.  Moored with the fishing boats so hopefully some excellent fish tomorrow.  The weather is very changeable but we think there is an opportunity to cross Biscay early next week.  It is all a little frustrating but all is well and the boat performing.

Great walking week in Pembrokeshire 

We walked 70 miles from Dale to Strumble Head camping as we went.  This is a fabulous coastline but distinctly unfriendly to boats.  Sadly it was a very foggy day when we passed Ramsey sound, and we were unable to see the Island, and so not able to study the fierce tidal streams from the safety of land.

We had to return home to sell the electric car.  A fond fare well, but something else off the list of jobs.

Construction of A Capella of Belfast

June 2017

Construction of A Capella of Belfast is now underway and the hull arrived at the Allures factory in Cherbourg for fitting out in early June. Julian visited Cherbourg on the 14th and 15th of June to discuss a few details and to see our new boat. She looks magnificent with all her shiny aluminium hull construction clearly visible:
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Visit to Allures in Cherbourg

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On Tuesday February 14th Patricia and I traveled to Portsmouth to take the ferry to Caen.  We had booked the night sailing so we took the opportunity to visit HMS Victory in the afternoon and then a very enjoyable early supper with an old friend who lives in Portsmouth.  The night crossing was uneventful and we arrived at the Allures factory at 09:00.  We spent a busy day with Francois from Allures fine tuning our specification and inspecting 45.9 # 1 which is now complete and about to be rigged and launched.

We drove back to Caen in the late afternoon and stopped off at Omaha beach.  Imagining the troops landing on the beach and facing machine gun fire from the cliffs above was very sobering.DSCF1155

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Following an overnight stay in Caen and then the morning ferry, we arrived back in Portsmouth at 14:00 on Thursday.