France Atlantique News-Letter (June 2019)
By now most of you will have been out on the water enjoying the weather during May. However, the current winds and rain may be dampening your ardour for our sport, so, here is a suggested ‘pick-me-up’ – a ‘cruise to Rochefort’ in company. You may have read about this in the MOA Compass Magazine and plans are now afoot to sail from Quiberon Bay to Rochefort and return mid-August. If you haven’t been to La Rochelle and the Islands then this cruise may be right for you. Hopefully, this event will attract you, so don’t delay phone today – see below! To find out what is at Rochefort then visit the MOA website as this has links to Rochefort’s marina and tourist information.
I have a which spreadsheet illustrates our cruise plan which commences at La Turballe, mustering on the 5thJuly, (why so late in the year?, simply my boat Tangaroa (Moody 40) has been undergoing some improvements and we get launched on the 2ndJuly at Arzal, on the Vilaine River).. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
Obviously, the weather plays an important role in this and there may be changes as we make our way towards St Denis on Ile d’Oleron, arriving there to experience their celebration of the Fete Nationale on the 14thJuly. If the weather closes in and we get stuck at say Les Sables then our contingency is to sail from Les Sables to St Denis direct. Ultimately, our cruise is to visit Rochefort and return via La Rochelle, St Martin, Bourgenay, St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, L’Herbaudiere, Pornichet and Piriac.
As with any event, communication is key and as Wifi is tricky in some places I shall be using Whats App (a text messaging application. If you have an I-phone, or android, then you can get this app free from the App Stores). Our messages will provide a short briefing on our progress, where we are going, when and possibly with whom!). If you fancy joining this cruise, for any leg, or just popping in for a chat, then text me with your mobile phone number and I’ll add you to our WhatsApp Group of ‘MOA France Atlantique’. The App will give you the information you will need to liaise with the group. Haven’t got Whats App?, then still text me and we will try and keep you in the ‘loop’. Meanwhile, here is the mobile number to text and register your interest, please provide both contact and boat names:
(UK phone) – 07971 206 864
At each location Tangaroa will fly the MOA ‘Battle Flag’ and/or burgee and a large Red Pepper (probably the hottest thing on the pontoon). To help us find you then please fly your MOA burgee. Hope to see you on the water.
Captain, France Atlantique Chapter