May 11, 2011
Port Tudy slipped slowly into the past as we left with the dawn fishermen intent on netting their salary. Dave was down below, not well, catching up on sleep after a restless night. We needed to sort a batten for our mainsail so we headed to the town of Concarneau and its charming walled Ville Close and just an overnight stay. We wanted to drop in at Audierne on this trip as we had missed it out on our trip south and we managed to tie up just before dark and grab a late drink in a bar.
Audierne resorted to type in late evening, nearly closed, nearly deserted but we managed to stumble on a lovely little bar nearly open! An Irish man and his wife sat on bar stools talking to the barman and our arrival gave the barman his chance to escape. The couple delighted in engaging us in conversation and somehow I got involved deeply in discussing the whys and wherefores of the Alternative Vote, wishing for an alternative bar but the place was snug and warm. The barman was very friendly and the place had free wifi, the lifeblood for anyone on a boat so we promised to return in the morning.
It was whilst using the bar wifi that we noticed a guy at the bar speaking fluent French adorned in a Welsh cap and rugby shirt. Summoning deeply, I muttered a few Welsh words, Bora Da, Sut dach chi? and of course bendigedig and a new friend was in the bag, Jean Louis Lebegue-Jones , Captain de corvette. Jean Louis was borne in Barmouth but worked in the Navy for many years settling in Audierne. We had plenty to talk about but we were leaving to time the Raz De Sein and Jean Louis kindly cast us off, but not before agreeing to meet up in Barmouth before he competes in the 3 Peaks this year.
Port Tudy – Concarneau Passage:25nm
Concarneau – Audierne Passage :28.23nm Distance run so far:1493.18