Easy, fast security in Paris as we arrived early. Great flight arriving in Chicago at noon. We rented a car at the airport and spent the night at our son Justin's house in Chicago. Unfortunately they were gone on vacation but we got a good nights sleep. We went out for an early supper nice hot Mexican food and to bed by 1730.
USA | New York | Montezuma | Home I grow up in and Daddy was born in
We woke refreshed at 0200, took showers, had breakfast and was on the road to Montezuma New York by 0300. No rush hour traffic at that time of day but quite a bit of road construction. It took us about 11 hours to get to Dad's house.
USA | New York | Montezuma | Daddy and Al enjoying summer breeze
We've been having a nice visit. Just happy to visit and listen to Dad's stories. Yesterday we drove along Cayuga Lake (one of the Finger Lakes) and had a nice lunch at Wolfies on the lake. Today we visited my brother Tom and Margaret for the afternoon. We plan to be with dad until Aug. 6 and then drive back to Chicago to spend the week with Justin's girls while mom and dad fly to London for the week.
Channel Islands | Alderney Race | Artemis going 13.7 kts with Spring Tides
France | Cherbourg | Artemis alongside in Chantiereyne Harbor
July 25, 2016
We left Guernsey as dawn broke at 0430 on Wednesday for Cherbourg France about a 41nm via the Alderney Race. Alderney is another one of the Channel islands close to the Cherbourg penninsula. Timing for the Alderney race is very important especially during Spring Tides when you can get over 4kts of tide. We had a variety of winds ranging from a mere 8kts to 38kts off Cap de la Hague on the Cherbourg penninsula. Our top speed through the Alderney Race reached 14 kts but we only caught a picture of 13.7!! The French Coast Guard pulled up behind us as we approached Cherbourg. Fortunately we didn't have to reduce sail and wait to be boarded this time. They were satisfied with doing a radio check-in. One year because of a customs check the tide changed on our approach and it took us an extra hour to arrive in the harbor. We tied alongside on E dock.
France | Honfleur | Artemis in the locks at Honfleur
We left Cherbourg 0500 now on French time as dawn broke. We sailed and motor sailed 78nm to Honfleur on the River Seine. This time we passed through the Barfleur Race which was not as dramatic as the Alderney Race but we did pick up a couple of kts. We arrived in Honfleur at 1630 but had to wait until 1700 to enter the locks. We had 4kts of tide rushing past the Honfleur harbor entrance so Al had to keep our boat speed up to 4kts heading into the tide to hold our place outside the harbor as we waited to enter. We moored on the Avant pontoons for the night.
France | River Seine
France | River Seine
Friday we had a beautiful day to motor up the Seine River to Rouen. We left a bit early for the tide at 0900 so our first hour we had 3kts of tide against us. But the rest of the 63nm we had 2-3 kts of tidal current with us. We arrived in just 8 hours in Rouen. It was a much faster run with Spring tides. We arrived at 1700. Glad to be settled in Rouen.
Saturday we took the four sails off Artemis for the winter as for the rest of the season we will become a motor boat! We gave her a bath and scrubbed the canvas that will be stored with the sails. I also washed all of our bedding (blankets included) and our laundry taking advantage of FREE laundry.