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Keith Folkes

Phoenix Yacht Club Commodore, Keith Folkes, died in the early hours of Wednesday 27th August.   He had been suffering from pancreatitis for the past four months, a condition which while rare is quite frequently fatal.  Our thoughts are with his family in their distress at this loss, especially as Keith was such a fit […]

Summer Cruise: Week 16 – Sete –Carcassonne

With the mast gone and Quartette looking more like a Christmas tree with all her fenders, we set off on the next leg on the Saturday afternoon in order to get through the Sete bridge that only opens at 4:30pm each day.  To our surprise the recommended route (by Andy) was back out to sea […]

Quartette becomes mast free again!

Saturday 16th August has seen Quartette off on her Canal-du-Midi trip from Sete (Frontignan marina) to Carcassonne, then on to Bordeaux. Once again she is de-masted and converted into a motor launch, with multitudes of fenders, two folding bikes and plenty of sun cream! The de-masting was trouble free, aided by the usual sign language […]

Summer Cruise Week 15 – Barcelona to Sete

We took over Quartette (Qvartetta in Spanish!) in Puerto Olimpico – the marina built for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona – after a couple of days touring Barcelona’s amazing architecture (see photo). Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia (see photo below) is the headline piece but he seems to have influenced all subsequent Barcelona architects such that there are […]

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