|Leaving Port de Paluden (photo: Robin Culverhouse)|
It was an excellent sail to Guernsey from Aber Wrac'h, beam reaching all the way. Departure time was a bit of a compromise. The east-going current went with the flood, but that started very early in the morning, and we didn't want to leave too early, with it only being a hundred mile run, so we cast off the mooring at 0900, getting clear of the estuary and turning east at 1000.
We still had to drop the genoa when 20 miles short of Guernsey, at around 0030, to postpone our arrival until dawn. We anchored in a bay on the south coast, at Petit Port, just after sun-up, slept for a couple of hours and then had breakfast before beating up to the rather astonishing harbour of Beaucette.
|Petit Port, Guernsey: our first anchorage on arrival|
|Beaucette marina, blasted out of an old quarry|
I wouldn't have minded so much if not for the fact that I was worried about one of the shroud attachment points on deck, where an ominous bulge had appeared and which had started to let in water on this passage. Thrashing to windward through heavy seas was not what the doctor ordered at that point, but no harm done thankfully.
The harbour at Beaucette was once a granite quarry. The army blasted out the connection to the sea sometime in the 60s or 70s to make it into a rather fab harbour. The entrance is not unlike Dunbar, but even tighter. The sill dries to 2.37m and it's very narrow. Seemingly some of the large powerboats in here can only leave or enter the harbour at HW springs. Very good shelter once inside.
|The exciting entrance at Beaucette. As small as it looks|
Much to our delight, the folks that we met down in Bayona (Keith and Colette) are here and we've got a berth next to them. It was a happy reunion and our good fortune extended to being invited along to the first BBQ of the season up on the old quarry rim overlooking the sea and the islands of Alderney, Herm, Sark and even Jersey in the distance.
|Oystercatcher on the rocks|
|The castle in St Peter Port, viewed from the yacht club terrace|
|View across to Herm|
|Where the constables are still concerned for your welfare|
|Nice pound notes they have in the Bailiwick of Guernsey|
|Peaceful back lanes|
|North coast of Guernsey, at L'Ancresse|
|The leaky area - now reinforced and at least as good as new|