15th – 30th July 2017 ~ Crouesty on the Rhuys Peninsula

 A two week sojourn – in Port Crouesty!

Crouesty is situated in the commune of Arzon which is said to have the longest coastal area in France.  It is at the western end of the Rhuys Peninsula and on the southern side of the beautiful Golfe du Morbihan.  

Sunday 16th July

Alan left for the UK and so I had a week to myself to discover the marina and it’s surrounding areas!

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Port Crouesty

The marina at Port Crouesty, is large with boatyard facilities and shops of all kinds including a supermarket. The marina offer a launch ‘service du rade’ which will ferry you to the supermarket to and from your boat after a radio call! That really is a great service as depending on which basin you are moored in, and we were in the the furthest basin away from anywhere,  it would be a very long walk wherever you wanted to go!!

Around and about in Crouesty!

 

IMG_8525The Bay of Crouesty between the Pointe du Raz and the Petit Mont is dominated by a chapel dedicated to Notre Dame du Crouesty, the patron saint of sailors at it’s headland. The present chapel was built in 1826 and is much revered by the community. Years ago when a boat left Port Navalo bound for far away places as it passed by the chapel the captain and crew doffed their hats , the flag was dipped three times whilst prayers were recited! The inside of the chapel is far more attractive than the outside, hence this shot!

Port Navalo

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Port Navalo

Port Navalo at the far end of the peninsula is the more traditional of the two ports. It is just a picturesque walk around the peninsula from the marina in Crouesty and is a very pretty little port but with limited access for us, i.e. not really possible!

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As we walked around the headland we came across this grave of an unknown sailor, known as Le Petit Mousse. The body of a young sailor was found in October 1859 but it had been in the water a long time and therefore was not identifiable, only in so much as he was obviously a sailor, as he was dressed in the naval uniform of the day. He was buried where he was found and this shrine was built around the site.     

The burial site of Le Petit Mousse

Port-Navalo Lighthouse marks the entrance of the Gulf of Morbihan and has done so since 1840. The current lighthouse dates from 1891 and was designed by Frécot Vauthier and engineers. As we continued our walk around the coast the lighthouse seemed to follow us round!

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The Lighthouse at Port Navalo

15th July – La Tour de France à la Voile

We arrived in Crouesty marina in the middle of July  and in time to see the Crouesty leg of the Tour de France à la Voile 2017

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40th edition of Le Tour De France à la Voile!

All the boats are the same based on the one design principle and are Diam 24 trimarans, therefore creating an equal platform for the participants with the skill of the racing sailors being paramount.

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A Diam 24 Trimaran – returning to port after a days racing!

This event is iconic in the french racing calendar and has become one of the biggest summer sporting events.  This year’s tour started in Dunkirk on July 7th and finished in Nice on 30th July.  The idea for the Tour and indeed the person who made it happen was Bernard Decré and it all began in 1978.  French sailing legends including Eric Tabarly and Armel le Cléac’h winner of the 2016/2017 Vendée Globe race, have all played their role in creating the history of this race! 

 

A view of the racing from the coastal path at Crouesty

Like the Vendee Globe race back in November last year and January this year, it was very interesting to discover all about another sporting fixture that is so much part of the French yachting culture!

22nd – 30th July – Port Bound!!

Alan returned after a week of business meetings to the scene below! So disappointing not to be able to set off as we had planned to do.

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Troubled skies over the marina in Crouesty!

We had a prolonged spell of very inclement weather meaning that we really couldn’t risk leaving the marina let alone setting off to the Morbihan again where the strong currents and shallow waters afford little protection to boats and so Port Crouesty was where we remained.  Fortunately we had the car and so when it was dry but still too windy to sail we set off to explore.

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The windy conditions!

Sarzeau – in the Rhuys peninsula

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Saint-Saturnin dominating the square in Sarzeau

Sarzeau was one of the pretty little towns we visited which has a small centre and  surrounds the 17th century Church of Saint-Saturnin which in turn dominates the square.  We drove on and discovered this fairytale chateau which is also within the commune of Sarzeau. It is the .

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Chateau du Suscinio

 

30th July – My Birthday!

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As the weather seemed to be settling down we planned to leave Port Crouesty on 31st July which meant that we needed to reposition the car for Alan’s next trip back to UK.  We had already decided that the most suitable place to leave it would be

This of course meant that we had to cycle the 53km back to Musetta all of which was against the wind with lots of hills?!! I have to admit that it was the craziest of ideas as we were totally exhausted by the time we arrived back at the end of the day!  Not too tired though to go for a birthday meal!

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Back to Crouesty and Musetta – What a day!!      

Tomorrow we will set off for our last visit to the Morbihan…..

À Bientôt!

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