After two days in Gijon we continued westwards.


The winds were light and we could only sail an hour or so and had to motor the rest of the way to Luarca.

Approaching Luarca

There was no marina in Luarca but there was 4 buoys for visiting yachts inside the breakwater.

There was some bad weather coming so we took 2 buoys and a line to the breakwater. We inflated the dingy and went ashore.

In the dingy going ashore
The fishing harbour

Luarca is a very picturesque fishing village, a bit worn but nice buildings.

TLC needed

We went up to the lighthouse and the spectacular graveyard overlooking the bay of Biscay.

Jardin de la Fonte Baxia
Mist to the left

The next two nights were really rolly as the heavy seas found there way inside the breakwater at high tide.

Sailed distance 44,4 nautical miles.

Bay of Biscay and Gijon

It was time to go further south. The weather conditions for crossing the bay of Biscay was good, the winds could have been a little stronger. At 10 am it was time to leave Loctudy and say goodbye to our friends on sy Embla.

Embla crew waving goodbye
Leaving Loctudy

We started with full main and the code and we made good progress south. In the morning the wind died completely and we had to motor.

The rest of the way to Gijon was mostly motoring but now and then we could sail for a few hours. We had company of several pods of dolphins.

Approaching Spain

The last miles to Gijon we had to motor and we arrived at the marina in Gijon at 3 pm, after 2 days and 5 hours at sea.

Entering Gijon Harbour
Mist in the marina
View from the cockpit

Gijon is quite a large city with a lot of shops and restaurants. We went for walks in the old town and along the San Lorenzo beach.

San Lorenzo beach
The cider tree

Sailed distance 269,2 nautical miles.


Left our mooring just before 10 am at high tide and went strait to the fuel dock. There was no wind so after fuelling we motored south-east. No swell either and we had a comfortable day at sea.

Tevennec lighthouse

The infamous Raz de Sein presented no problem, almost no race at all.

Raz de Sein

We arrived at Loctudy a quarter to seven pm. Loctudy was a really nice place, we had expected a fishing port and not much more but found a small gem.

Ile Tudy
Embla Arriving
Street view
Manoir de Kerazan
The restaurants garden
Evening view from the marina

We went for a nice hike together with the Embla crew and finished our stay in Loctudy with a visit to a very good restaurant.

Sailed distance 56,4 nautical miles.

Camaret sur Mer

After two weeks at Cherbourg it felt good to be on our way again. We left Cherbourg at half past 10 in the morning together with our friends on sy Embla.

Leaving Cherbourg
Sailing school
Embla at the breakwater

Light winds from behind and we started out sailing wing on wing. At nightfall the wind increased and we took down the jib and continued with just the mainsail. At dusk the wind dropped and we had motor.

Wing on wing into the sunset
Sunrise motoring
Embla not far away
Morning visit
Motoring towards Chenal De Four
A lot of current
Le Four lighthouse
Pointe de Saint-Mathieu
Les vieux- Moines

We managed to get trough the Chenal de Four just before the tide turned against us and we arrived at Camaret sur Mer at four a´clock in the afternoon after 29 hours at sea.

Camaret sur Mer
Old fishing vessels

Camaret sur Mer is a nice little town and the harbour is well protected. The supermarket was probably the best we have seen so far. We went for walks, to the old fort and to the amazing beach.

View towards the marina
View towards the bay of Biscay

Together with the Embla crew we went out for a nice dinner at a restaurant close to the marina.

Sailed distance 177,3 nautical miles.

Cherbourg waiting for the right weather conditions

Cherbourg is a good place to stay a while.

On our way to Fort Roule
View from Fort Roule

Chantereyne marina is sheltered and with good facilities, toilets, showers and washing machines and tumblers. There are three chandlers and at least one sailmaker within the marina.

Sailing school

A lot of small shops, bakers, butchers, fish mongers and all you need as well as a shopping centre just outside the town centre. The city centre is a short walk from the marina.

Sailed distance 0 nautical miles.

Normandie road trip

Waiting for lighter winds and hopefully winds from the right direction to continue south along the French coast. Cherbourg is a nice place so it is not a big problem.

We rented a car together with Viveka and Erik on sy Embla and went for a trip. Our first stop was at Pierre Huet, a cider and calvados producer.

Pierre Huet mansion
Pierre Huet garden

After trying (and buying) some cider and calvados we went to a small village, Pont-l´Évêque, for an excellent lunch.


Then we continued to the very picturesque town Honfleur.


On the way back to Cherbourg we stopped at Omaha beach.

Omaha beach

Driven distance 408 kilometres.