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Monday, 23 June 2014

Ste Marine - Belon (27 May 2014)

Since our last update we have had mainly sunny weather and it has gradually warmed up.
From Ste Marine on the R Odet we had a pleasant 30nm down wind sail to another river, the Belon. Belon itself is a small quiet village up a river with a shallow bar at the entrance. Timing was important and we crossed the bar with about 1.5m under the keel about 3 hours before HW. Once across the bar there is plenty of water. The mooring that we had used before wasn't ideal with the strong tied running so went further into the village centre.  A local guy helpfully pointed us to a fore and aft mooring that was available for visitors.  On the opposite bank to the village is a famous sea food restaurant Chez Jacky. We decided to blow the budget and had probably the best ever plateau de fruits de mer. Superb Belon oysters, excellent crabs etc etc. And vg Muscadet sur Lie (Chateau) to go with it. Only snag was that by the time we left nearly 3 hours later, our dinghy was well aground so it took a bit of lifting and carrying across the silt and sand! (Photo from Belon with Chez Jacky beyond Whileaway).

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