After almost a month of pottering around Baltimore, provisioning and making the boat ready for cruising we finally picked a gap in the weather and hit the high seas.
On June 12th we topped up our water and fuel tanks, tied our dingy to the deck and set course for France.
We sailed out the mouth of the harbour passed the beacon at about 2215h. Initially we tried to do 2 hour shifts on watch throughout the night, with one person in the wheel house and one person sleeping in the saloon where they could get up quickly if they were needed.
The first night we kept having trouble with our Aries, self steering (we later modified where the Aries was attached to the tiller to give it a bigger swing and better control the boat even when it went off course) As a result we had a very sporadic sleep pattern for the few nights during crossing from Ireland to France.
We had good wind leaving Ireland that lasted through the first night, first day and into the second day. However on the second day it ended up been flat calm. We dropped our sails and motored through to the 3rd night. As our final day came around we picked up a bit more wind and were able to start sailing again but we still had to keep the motor going to keep us moving at a reasonable 4 knots.
It then took us the most of your 3rd day to get from the shipping lanes off Ouessant to our anchorage in Camaret. Apart from running into a calm patch half way over we were pleased with our first crossing together, no choppy seas and nobody’s lunch was emptied over the side.
Looking forward to a few days of rest we hit our bunks for a full nights sleep.