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La Rochelle to Spain

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With the newly published schedule of firing off the french coast showing activity from the coast outwards for the entire week it becomes fairly urgent to traverse the range before the weekend is out. We wait for the wind to reduce on the Saturday afternoon and finally get away from La Rochelle at 4pm Saturday, it is 180 miles to Spain. Leaving the Marina berth is difficult and we have the invaluable help of Ian and Francis from Raptor - a royal ulster boat that is two boats up from us! (Ian and Francis also live about 2 miles from us so it is a small world!)

We attach a warp to Shadowmere's stern cleat and the other end goes to the end of a pontoon two boats up wind of us. Ian holds the bow rope, a few feet from the bow and walks down the pontoon, this allows me to reverse and guarantees that the stern ends up facing the wind as it pivots on the long stern rope. With the boat nearly aligned with the channel we cast off, Francis recovers the long rope, Ian coils it and throws it o…