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.
We left Cherbourg in A Capella of Belfast yesterday at 17:00 in glorious sunshine. Our destination is Madeira although bad weather this coming week may mean we have to wait in port for better winds. All seems wonderful so far.
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 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: