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July 2014

Day 45 of Summer Trip 2014 – Caen to Honfleur

We didn’t stay very long in Caen, I can’t remember why but we left the next morning. For our 8:45am departure Ben ceremonially put on what is now Excalibur’s theme tune, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Commando theme tune. Another lovely sunny day, we departed along with 4 other boats and took up the rear. We once again... Author: Tim Butler

Day 44 of Summer Trip 2014 – Ouistreham to Caen

From Ouistreham you can take a trip up the canal to Caen. The canal takes you through 3 bridges from memory. The trick is to arrive at the first one at the designated time, and then the subsequent bridges open up one at a time thereafter. I really enjoyed the trip up the canal. It... Author: Tim Butler

Day 43 of Summer Trip 2014 – Ouistreham

If you like having a true British experience abroad, Ouistreham is the place. There’s a direct ferry from Portsmouth, so it feels like being back in blighty.. Ben went for a haircut whilst I took a trek to a Carrefour, a 30 minute walk out of town to try and find a gas regulator. I... Author: Tim Butler

Day 40 – 41 of Summer Trip 2014 – Fecamp

What can I say about Fecamp, hmm. It’s alright… I bought a replacement gas bottle, as the other one ran out. With Ben’s help we installed some cockpit speakers, which are cleverly hidden behind two access panels in the cockpit. Ben the bilge rat got straight to work as you can see! living up to... Author: Tim Butler

Day 38 of Summer Trip 2014 – Dieppe

Well what can I say about Dieppe? We really liked Dieppe, probably more so that Boulogne as you don’t have walk anywhere to get to the ‘nice bit’. The shower block is probably the best one I’ve seen on my trip. Anyone who’s sailed somewhere appreciates a good shower. They even thank you for flushing... Author: Tim Butler

Day 31 of Summer Trip 2014 – Dover to Boulogne

The weather forecast for our crossing was foggy, with poor visibility at first, freshening up later. Truth be told I can’t stand fog, especially when we’re about to cross the busiest shipping channel in the world. I tried to gleam some information/opinions from the marina staff, but it was pointless. High water was at 03:08,... Author: Tim Butler