To the Med via the French canals http://feeds.tripsailor.com/rss/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals After years of dreaming and preparation we have at last started our adventure. Our plan is to sail our across the Channel, down the French canals to the Med and then turn east for Italy, Greece, Turkey and the Middle East. en-US Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:05:00 +0200 Autumn sunshine along the sleepy Saone http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/23089-autumn_sunshine_along_the_sleepy http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/23089-autumn_sunshine_along_the_sleepy Popeye and Olive Oyl 47.5482 5.74698 geo:lat=47.5482 geo:long=5.74698 47.5482 5.74698 <div class="maincontent"><p></p><p>After leaving Gwennol safely moored at St Jean de Losne during the months of July and August (a time marked memorably by Owain&a...<img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/4591/956befa29efcd_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/4593/aa6256757d835_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/4595/94a126cfabe14_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/4597/ccf8849d438e4_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/4599/635d7f02d9475_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Sun, 01 Jul 2012 17:55:00 +0200 Pardon me, but we've just arrived! http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/22137-pardon_me_but_weve_just http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/22137-pardon_me_but_weve_just Popeye and Olive Oyl 47.1023 5.26281 geo:lat=47.1023 geo:long=5.26281 47.1023 5.26281 <div class="maincontent"><p>&nbsp;</p><p>After the trauma of our argument with the canal bank, it was a relief to pull into the lovely surroundings of the Port...<img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0965/52ce5ec17f9cd_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0967/48409480954c1_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0969/9ce9ec2cbbe4d_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0971/ae35643ff7fe7_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0973/80ad8d24da657_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Sat, 16 Jun 2012 18:10:00 +0200 Up where the air is thin http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/22135-up_where_the_air_is http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/22135-up_where_the_air_is Popeye and Olive Oyl 46.7808 4.85395 geo:lat=46.7808 geo:long=4.85395 46.7808 4.85395 <div class="maincontent"><p>It was interesting to reflect that, except for a short length of the Oise down to meet the Seine at Conflans St Hororine, we had been steadily risi...<img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0957/434929a60de2c_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0959/0354ba0ac5406_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0961/e2d910b1e4959_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0963/83da9fba4d87c_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 18:00:00 +0200 Gwennol (swallow/hirondelle) flies south! http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/22035-gwennol_swallowhirondelle_flies_south http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/22035-gwennol_swallowhirondelle_flies_south Popeye and Olive Oyl 46.4808 3.97938 geo:lat=46.4808 geo:long=3.97938 46.4808 3.97938 <div class="maincontent"><p></p><p>Many days have passed since we left the Seine at St Mamm&egrave;s and entered the Canal du Loing. This is the first of four ...<img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0727/7aa03e5ddd74e_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0729/ca559af8dfbda_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0731/b860b52e15ba5_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0733/a948e142e0226_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0735/93ce096a90245_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://www.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0737/0513c64c59cbb_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Fri, 25 May 2012 11:32:00 +0200 Halfway up the Haut Seine http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21803-halfway_up_the_haut_seine http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21803-halfway_up_the_haut_seine Popeye and Olive Oyl 48.3824 2.81592 geo:lat=48.3824 geo:long=2.81592 48.3824 2.81592 <div class="maincontent"><p></p><p>The sun came out at last, and the rain clouds receded, as we departed the Paris Arsenal for the next stage of our journey up the...<img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0067/6f73a2f3b6f3b_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0071/013c3507d09ed_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0073/d39d923093834_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0075/eea99f4472904_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Mon, 21 May 2012 11:22:00 +0200 A dog's life in Paris http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21795-a_dogs_life_in_paris http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21795-a_dogs_life_in_paris Popeye and Olive Oyl 48.8522 2.36583 geo:lat=48.8522 geo:long=2.36583 48.8522 2.36583 <div class="maincontent"><p></p><p>Having heard so much talk about this place called &lsquo;Paris&rsquo;, I was keen to cock my leg against some notable Pa...<img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0057/78ab1c62137dc_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0059/7d06ee5e7caee_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0061/ccb94e273a1db_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0006/0063/dc3f07c9c5cff_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Sat, 19 May 2012 11:12:00 +0200 Taking on the bateaux mouches http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21727-taking_on_the_bateaux_mouches http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21727-taking_on_the_bateaux_mouches Popeye and Olive Oyl 48.8522 2.36583 geo:lat=48.8522 geo:long=2.36583 48.8522 2.36583 <div class="maincontent"><p></p><p>A sunny Saturday morning greeted us as we set off for our triumphant entry into the French capital. There were a handful of work...<img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9925/2ae2d814d44cf_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9927/e9c073c4e266c_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9931/63149cd428fbd_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Fri, 18 May 2012 20:32:00 +0200 From the Oise to the Seine http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21725-from_the_oise_to_the http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21725-from_the_oise_to_the Popeye and Olive Oyl 49.0003 2.09178 geo:lat=49.0003 geo:long=2.09178 49.0003 2.09178 <div class="maincontent"><p></p><p>The two days spent at L&rsquo;Isle Adam were warm and sunny, and we made friends with a French couple in the boat next to us...<img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9919/a3406a952cc7c_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9921/4d9104a6fa73b_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9923/a3486c81d0604_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Thu, 10 May 2012 20:22:00 +0200 That was the week that l'Oise http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21655-that_was_the_week_that http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21655-that_was_the_week_that Popeye and Olive Oyl 49.1123 2.21787 geo:lat=49.1123 geo:long=2.21787 49.1123 2.21787 <div class="maincontent"><p></p><p>The short journey from Noyon to Pont L&rsquo;Ev&egrave;que took us into the Canal Lateral &agrave; l&rsquo;Oise,...<img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9683/4468f11a08f47_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9807/1bf108e8232b7_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9809/e7198685c41ab_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9811/c86699bc7a33a_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Wed, 09 May 2012 20:16:00 +0200 Chugging down the Canal du Nord http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21653-chugging_down_the_canal_du http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21653-chugging_down_the_canal_du Popeye and Olive Oyl 49.5802 3.00072 geo:lat=49.5802 geo:long=3.00072 49.5802 3.00072 <div class="maincontent"><p></p><p>Leaving Peronne on Wednesday morning, we began a long day on the Canal du Nord. Rather featureless, but nonetheless an engineeri...<img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9677/22cdc5c6a4b93_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9679/8ac54f6d8d554_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9681/19bd272a52d2d_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Wed, 09 May 2012 09:41:00 +0200 Pushing through the front-lines http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21555-pushing_through_the_frontlines http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21555-pushing_through_the_frontlines Popeye and Olive Oyl 49.9331 2.93335 geo:lat=49.9331 geo:long=2.93335 49.9331 2.93335 <div class="maincontent"><p></p><p>Monday May 7<sup>th</sup> dawned misty and still, but with a hint of sunshine and blue skies. This was D-Day for Gwe...<img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9535/563fb9a891306_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9537/1c4ff27838845_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9539/c270c4f586389_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Tue, 08 May 2012 19:03:00 +0200 Our days on the somulent Somme http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21549-our_days_on_the_somulent http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21549-our_days_on_the_somulent Popeye and Olive Oyl 49.9283 2.75675 geo:lat=49.9283 geo:long=2.75675 49.9283 2.75675 <div class="maincontent"><p>With the arrival of Gwennol&#8217;s crew we were ready to start the many hundreds of kilometers of weaving through the canals to Marseilles. Ou...<img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9521/62493ddfa0af1_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9523/e3b32f38f02e7_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Sun, 06 May 2012 19:47:00 +0200 Zig-zag across the Somme sands http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21535-zigzag_across_the_somme_sands http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21535-zigzag_across_the_somme_sands Popeye and Olive Oyl 49.923 1.07748 geo:lat=49.923 geo:long=1.07748 49.923 1.07748 <div class="maincontent"><p>After a very happy and successful sojourn in Dieppe (scene of a tragic WW2 trial landing in August 1942 &#8211; a disaster to equal the Omaha B...<img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9477/61b7ccf4101fd_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9479/5c2e4ced82ea5_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9481/7f53f73406a74_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Sun, 06 May 2012 18:43:00 +0200 Dieppe is a friendly, helpful port http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21533-dieppe_is_a_friendly_helpful http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21533-dieppe_is_a_friendly_helpful Popeye and Olive Oyl 49.923 1.07748 geo:lat=49.923 geo:long=1.07748 49.923 1.07748 <div class="maincontent"><p>I received a very friendly welcome from the Dieppe Capitiniere and they proved very helpful throughout my fortnight&#8217;s stay. Fortunately o...<img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9473/28a969ff78f4a_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9475/8fce60123ac8f_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Sun, 06 May 2012 13:20:00 +0200 Taking on the big ships! http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21527-taking_on_the_big_ships http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/21527-taking_on_the_big_ships Popeye and Olive Oyl 49.923 1.07748 geo:lat=49.923 geo:long=1.07748 49.923 1.07748 <div class="maincontent"><p>After a long winter of planning it was a relief at last to be ready to set sail for France! Betsan, Jac and I went down to Chichester to make the f...<img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9463/e83208248e779_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/9465/da764cbe69df1_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 13:10:00 +0200 Chasing Cap'n Jack Sparrow into Chichester Harbour http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/19617-chasing_capn_jack_sparrow_into http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/19617-chasing_capn_jack_sparrow_into Popeye and Olive Oyl 50.8366 -0.780178 geo:lat=50.8366 geo:long=-0.780178 50.8366 -0.780178 <div class="maincontent"><p>On Monday the 26th, with Torquil and his friends back at work in the City, we took our leave of Lymington, sailing quietly off our pontoon and out ...<img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/4091/6c5b9110b5e6b_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/4093/ab3714c1aa01f_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/4095/24709b3c8275f_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/4097/54d160977e23d_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 13:00:00 +0200 Encountering Jasper and Torquil in the sunny Solent http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/19537-weymouth_to_the_sunny_solent http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/19537-weymouth_to_the_sunny_solent Popeye and Olive Oyl 50.7576 -1.54169 geo:lat=50.7576 geo:long=-1.54169 50.7576 -1.54169 <div class="maincontent"><p>Not only did we like Weymouth (particularly the town quay at Cove right alongside the &#8216;old town&#8217;), but the lovely September wea...<img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/3747/d46efbb021fba_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/3749/c79e75a73ac75_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/3751/8668144a371b4_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/3753/d0e8c267bd463_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 12:50:00 +0200 Salcombe and 'tearing' across Lyme Bay http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/19535-salcombe_and_crossing_lyme_bay http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/19535-salcombe_and_crossing_lyme_bay Popeye and Olive Oyl 50.6088 -2.45415 geo:lat=50.6088 geo:long=-2.45415 50.6088 -2.45415 <div class="maincontent"><p>Having chosen just the right moment to get Gwennol around Land&#8217;s End and into the shelter of the River Yealm, there followed a fortnight ...<img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/3735/f5588005119ba_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/3739/4e879b24e6de6_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/3743/c5f6eb74646b7_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/4087/63b7bcd3fafbc_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/4089/98596edad62a5_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 12:40:00 +0200 Beating the gales and enjoying the sunshine http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/19127-beating_the_gales_and_enjoying http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/19127-beating_the_gales_and_enjoying Popeye and Olive Oyl 50.3147 -4.03845 geo:lat=50.3147 geo:long=-4.03845 50.3147 -4.03845 <div class="maincontent"><p>I resumed my passage east on Friday by &#8216;sailing&#8217; around Lizard Point. It was a gorgeous day, and although I was a little frustr...<img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/3011/687cbb168030b_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/3015/6682c96ae75f9_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/3031/dc45252faf184_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/4085/a16d2ec2fd041_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 09:30:00 +0200 Around Land's End! http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/19085-around_lands_end http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/19085-around_lands_end Popeye and Olive Oyl 50.1017 -5.55017 geo:lat=50.1017 geo:long=-5.55017 50.1017 -5.55017 <div class="maincontent"><p>Following a brief overnight stay in Padstow, I set off again at 0800 on Thursday to reach St Ives. There was little wind, so the engine plodded awa...<img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/3017/6d589463f77d6_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/3021/c681cf3bd4854_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/3023/8ea0d1bc35184_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/3035/a44e8292d1fea_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/4083/4610c9741634c_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:13:00 +0200 Getting off to a bad start! http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/18989-padstow_in_the_sunshine http://www.tripsailor.com/sailing-blogs/3633-blog-to-the-med-via-the-french-canals/posts/18989-padstow_in_the_sunshine Popeye and Olive Oyl 51.1518 -4.68018 geo:lat=51.1518 geo:long=-4.68018 51.1518 -4.68018 <div class="maincontent"><p>Well, at last our long awaited adventure has started. I promised to keep a blog of the journey so that we can keep in touch with friends, and since...<img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/3025/94dc90234c691_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/3027/32fe9abf24063_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" /><img src="http://cdn.tripsailor.com/thumbnails/0001/8288/0005/3029/991e3d3d99ca1_thumb.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 1px; margin: 5px;" />