Spring Fit Out for the new sailing season – 16th April – 5th May
After the winter spent in Normandy, at La Grange it was now time to turn our attention to sailing again.
We had booked an apartment for a week in Port La Forêt, in a complex adjacent to the boat yard where Musetta has spent the winter and therefore very convenient. We arrived on Easter Sunday to start our preparations for Musetta’s launch.
We had a beautiful week, the weather was fabulous and just perfect for doing all our jobs and so by the end of our stay we had completed everything we set out to achieve which was very satisfying. Here are some photos of the results of my labours. Sadly for Alan his efforts are nowhere near as visible as mine but all he did was essential none the less and took just as much time as mine did!
Above, the results of my cleaning and polishing! Note the beautiful weather!
We were both very tired at the end of the week but very thankful too that we were able to do everything we needed to do before Musetta’s launch on the 5th May.
Soaking up the scenery before our long drive home!
Alan needed to go back to UK and so we left the apartment but only for just over one week when we then headed back to Port la Forêt, this time with my brother, Alistair for launch day.
4th May – Le Vieux Port!
As we only had three days to be in La Forêt Fouesnant this time, we stayed in the Hotel du Port in Le Vieux Port where we were very comfortable indeed and where we enjoyed excellent cuisine! We can thoroughly recommend the hotel to anyone!
This is the view of the estuary from the hotel. In the background is the clubhouse of the Cornouaille Golf Course which runs along the estuary at the end of the marina. I might possibly swing a club or two there when Alan has to return to UK for business meetings!
Friday 5th May – Launch Day
Well the weather forecast did say sunshine but it also said strong winds, gusts from force 6 – 9!! The hoist came to the yard to lift Musetta and take her the 250 metres or so to the work dock where she will be launched. I can tell you that I could hardly bear to look as the hoist trundled along the road with our beautiful boat swinging alarming in the slings with each gust of wind, a fact that is hard to appreciate in the photos.
All was fine though, the launch went without a hitch and so, at last and after 6 months ashore Musetta is afloat again.
We spent the three days we had working hard to get her ready, this time to sail! Alistair’s help was invaluable and we were able to make the most of the time we had. We fitted a new, multi-purpose teak platform on the transom from where we will be able to adjust the Hydrovane self-steering gear, fish, admire the view and from which we will be able to dive!!
All is well, we are almost ready to set off exploring the area again, the Gulf of Morbihan, La Roche Bernard among other delights! We have yet to put on her sails but we will be back to Port La Forêt soon when all the fitting out jobs will be completed and then we’ll be away!