The lovely city of Douarnenez France has become A home away from home for us. This magical waterside city is where we are keeping our wooden boat for the winter. I highly recommend it as a winter storage for any sailing boat on the Brittany coast. It is an exceptional place for wooden boats as there are so many around. Port Rhu has a lock and maintains a 4 meter depth. There are many chandleries, wood workers and repair specialists. 9 month storage coasts less then $1000 euros!

We love anchoring. That has been hard here in Brittany France. Sometimes the water is to deep and often rocky. More of the time the harbor dries completely out. Most often the places we are able to anchor are packed.

We loved Hoedic island. Here there are no cars, just a ferry to transport people from the main land. The houses are built well and strong from local rock. I like the tight compactness of the streets, which probably helps in the winter when the island must be wind strewn. There are restaurants and two food shops and a lovely camp ground with canvas bell tents. The camp grounds sit perched above two of the loveliest beaches we have been on so far.

The Anchorage is packed but there is plenty of room. We loved this stress free island that reminded us of the West Indies.

There is a lot more sand and less rocks here in the south part of Brittany. Many islands dot the coast and the land gently rolls into the ocean. There is also a lot of low water that drys out and becomes sandy beach. These beach’s fill up with sunbathers at low water. At high water there is no beach.

We are here in August. August in France is the holiday month. It is crowded in the marinas and at anchor. British sailors say the only way to get a spot is to move in the morning and arrive by 12- 1 so you get a mooring, dock or anchor space. Most French start there sail day at that time. The problem is the wind fills in at 1- 2 – 3 so you miss the best sailing. For me that has been horrible. There are a lack of good anchoring spots and the tide has to be contended with so finding a suitable spot for the night has been troublesom.

We have been sailing here for over a month but realistically two weeks will do you.

We arrived early to the festival in dourdenez France. We spent most of that week at the Trombel and port ru part of the waterfront. It wasn’t until about a week in we happened to explore the sardine processing plant and found the other harbor. This is where the 600 wooden boats packed in for the Temps Fete Festival. Here on this side was a massive harbor with a wonderful stone quey. Many restaurants and cafes line the quey overlooking the water.

The amount of local people volunteering to make the festival work was staggering. The amount of wooden boats that sailed from all parts of Europe was amazing. Each day a determined type of sail boat would go out and sail around in front of the festival. We couldn’t figure out where we were to go so we just sailed around feeling a bit goofy.

Along shore there were classes in different nautical traditions. The sculling station was always full and the evening races were my favorite to watch. I also enjoyed watching many large boats sculling onto there moorings after taking all sails in. Here in France sculling is a tradition that are keeping alive. It works, why not.

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