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On A High After My Summer Cruise

I’ve just had a wonderful week on the Summer Cruise, Pornichet to La Rochelle. Lovely sailing in very good company, we visited locations I’d long fancied seeing like Ile d’Yeu. We had good winds, kind seas and glorious sunshine. We had a grandstand view of a black thunderstorm 2-3 miles away.

Inevitably in such conditions my mind went beck over the places I’d sailed in on past PYC Summer Cruises: Southern Ireland and my first experience of the craic, in a pub in Castletownshend, southern Ireland, the picturesque Hans Christian Andersen-like island of Ærøskøbing, Denmark (see here), surfing up the Irish Sea on the delivery to Troon,  the swim and lunch at anchor at a tiny uninhabited island off Galicia to name just four..

There are lots of charter or flotilla holidays in the Croatian, Greek and Turkish coasts. It is though harder to sail in these other waters by charter if one is not part of a pre-formed group of family or friends. The PYC summer cruises provide us with special opportunities for sailing in places we might never otherwise see.

There are still one or two places available for the Summer Cruise. There are more places on the mini-cruise to the West Country and Channel Islands, and to Normandy. Not to mention lots of mid-week opportunity! Contact Tony King on bookings@phoenixyachtclub.co.uk if you want help to find a mid-week skipper.

If you think you could do with the break, have a look at the calendar!

Put the date in your diary for the 25th Anniversary Celebration on 14 September. It also offers the chance to make a weekend of it by going on Sunday to the Southampton Boat Show!.

It is a much better class of lollipop this time. It’s a riddle from Jon Lees. He heard it on a sail and passed it on during the cruise!

A Frenchman and a Brit decided to race their catamarans across the Channel. The British boat was called One Two Three and the French rival was called Un Deux Trois. Which one won?

The answer is:

Un Deux Trois quatre cinq 

(Sound it out! Un  Deux Trois cat sank!) Any complaint to Jon please!

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