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.


Leaving Dieppe marina
Dieppe breakwater
Sailing into the sunset

Leaving Dieppe just after lunch and had nice code sailing until the last 6 hours when we had to motor. We managed to enter Cherbourg harbour just before the tide turned against us and moored next to our friends on sy Embla.

Three swedish boats
The marina at Cherbourg

Looks like we are gonna be here a while due to bad whether.

Sailed distance 110,6 nautical miles.


We left Boulogne sur Mer with the tide a quarter to six in the morning. No wind at all to start with but the last couple of hours we could sail and moored in Dieppe marina just after four in the afternoon.

No wind at all
Wing on wing in light winds
Entering Dieppe harbour
Dieppe harbour, low tide
Dieppe marina

We went for a walk and did som provisioning. Nice little town with a lot of small shops and restaurants.

The next morning we went for a walk along the beach.

Blues Brothers
Pebble beach
The Castle

Church of Saint Jacques

Sailed distance 55,9 nautical miles.

Boulogne sur Mer

The course was set for Dunkirk but we decided to carry on to Boulogne sur Mer.

Leaving Zeebrügge

Some sailing the first hour but motoring on a completely windless North sea the rest of the way. We arrived shortly after 11 pm. Nice to be in France.

City wall
Old town
The castle
The marina

We took a walk to the old town, really nice city.

Sailed distance 85,0 nautical miles.


Early morning start, we left Schevening at 0615 together with sy Star.

Early morning

Code sailing in perfect conditions and soon Star was far behind. The wind did not last all the way to Zebrügge we had to motor the last couple of hours.

Entering Zeebrügge marina

No problem finding a good spot to moore. We just went for short walk trying to find somewhere to eat but ended up eating on the boat.

Sailed distance 70,9 nautical miles.


The weather forecast promised westerly winds 15 to 20+ knots, perfect for continuing down the Dutch coast. We left Den Helder with the outgoing tide at twenty past seven in the morning.

Leaving Den Helder

Really great sailing, one reef in the main and just a handkerchief size jib to start with and a beam reach in 20 knots of wind. When sy Star caught up with us we rolled out some more jib and pulled away again.

Sy Star

The last couple of hours the wind turned more to the south and we were close hauled.

Scheveningen pier
Scheveningen brakewater

We arrived at Scheveningen just before 5 pm. The marina was quite full but we find a good spot next to another Swedish boat and Star moored next to us.

The marina

We had a nice meal at a restaurant next to the marina. The next morning we took the bicycles into Den Haag, a lot of shops and restaurants and some nice old buildings. We continued to the pier at Scheveningen and back to the boat again.

Downtown Den Haag
The pier

Sailed distance 59,9 nautical miles.