|Midnight Sun III|
We have a nice "side tie" spot outside the Capitainerie here in La Rochelle, which so far nobody has asked us to pay for (even better!).
I am sure DYC will ask us to vacate as soon as we work through our punchlist. But until then - here we are with a couple of other delivery crews headed to the Virgin Islands and Croatia.
This morning, as forecast we had rain and gusty winds, but just before noon we were able to get out for our first sail on the new boat. Immediately before that, we gave our friends Annie Dike and Phillip Warren a hand letting off dock lines as they set out on almost the same journey as we have
|Farewell and Fair Winds - Annie, Phillip, Syrus and Kate!|
But finally, we got a break in the weather this afternoon and took the boat out for its first sail. Conditions were near perfect. We left the harbor and went out into the bay with about 12 kts of breeze and 2-3 ft seas. We traveled south along the coast approximately 7-8 miles on a beam reach making 7.5 kts.
So Midnight Sun III had a very successful maiden sea trial. So far our punch-list is relatively short and most items are minor. Certainly nothing that would delay departure. What is delaying our departure however, is the pallet of equipment we shipped from the US - which is still stuck in customs in Le Havre. Hopefully we can resolve this early next week and get our stuff delivered to us.
Unfortunately weather conditions next week are forecast to deteriorate even more.....so although we are anxious to get moving, we don't have a good sense of when that will be. With predicted seas of 5-7 m (yes metres not feet!), next week is not looking good. Especially since local sailors tell us it typically takes at least 2-3 days for seas to subside once weather like that has gone through
But still, there are far worse places to be holed up! Of course, we may not be saying that next week.
Now if we could just have a little more luck dealing with French Customs - life would be really good.
Tonight we headed to a small French Bistro for dinner adjacent to the marina which turned out to be good and reasonably priced. We had hoped to stop in at the local Yacht Club for a drink - but at 7pm on a Friday night it was closed.....now what type of a yacht club is that!