L’Harbaudiere to Les Sables d’Olonne

Left our mooring at 0730 not long after first light so we would get to Les Sables in good time. The tide was at low water again so we watched the depth sounder very carefully as we crept down the channel and especially as we passed down the Passage de Grise, the shortcut round the island towards Les Sables. The wind was once again against us, but we suffered from a big Atlantic swell across our course, which made the trip a bit of a roller coaster ride. We had the tide with us all the way, so the plan worked and we made quite a quick trip down the coast. Les Sables turned out to be a large holiday town with 2 marinas and we went upstream to the large newer one. After no wind all day, it picked up as we came to our berth and, as luck would have it, was blowing strongly across the pontoon making the arrival tricky, but some friendly folks came to help. We later saw other coming into the marina having difficulties, including a British couple who’s conversation went something like, “ The berth is on or left……no the next one!” “Don’t you scream at me Vanessa.” It seems that most people get tense entering strange marinas! We grabbed a quick kebab at a fast food place in the town and went back to the boat, too tired to do much else.

12 Jul 15

We decided that another day off was in order so had a lazy day, explored the town and had moules mariniere for dinner. Delicious!

Author: chrisgowers

Retired pilot now sailing around the Mediterranean accompanied by my wife Jacquie.