A glorious adventure to La Baule for the Abersoch fleet. As a precursor to the sailing season at Abersoch, on Monday 15th May three Abersoch Dragons headed off to glorious La Baule, just slightly north of Nantes.
Crew and other halves were looking for fun on and off the water, so the journey to and from was important and taking the night ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo allowed for a nice dinner and good sleep before a short but pleasant tour through Brittany the next day.
We arrived refreshed and ready to rig and were warmly welcomed, although had a small delay while the team doing the launching had their obligatory 2-hour lunch with wine, so we duly got into the French spirit and did the same!
Yacht-Club de La Baule and its moorings are at the mouth of an incredibly tidal waterway that leads to an extensive area of marsh and salt flats so start times were all over the shop and determined entirely by when the tide had finished its initial surge in and had abated sufficiently to allow us to get out, usually by tow. Although a bit strange, this meant that with starts ranging from 2.00pm to 4.00pm there was plenty of time for exploration and a spot of lunch in and around the area.
On the water it was glorious but tricky with constantly shifting winds and the tide seeming to come from all angles, as it swirled in and out of the bay with some force. All of the Abersoch boats had their moments with some great legs and some less so, although the Knucker also suffered badly with its spinnaker halyard that kept jamming and didn’t come free until it was de-rigged the last day.
Read more www.britishdragons.org/a-glorious-adventure-to-la-baule-for-the-abersoch-fleet/
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East Coast Dragon Championship sailors enjoyed two days with six races and a strong North Easterly breeze on the River Crouch.
The close, exciting racing delivered a home win for the championship title with strong competition from the visiting Dragons
1. Avalanche, Royal Corinthian Yacht Club
2. Fit Chick, Medway Yacht Club
3. Still Crazy, RCYC
Congratulations and well sailed to all Dragons taking part in Burnham this weekend.
Full results www.royalcorinthian.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/results/2023/dragon/Dragon%2020220603%20East%20Coast...
Images: Roger Mant 📷
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