|View from our "front deck", up at the bow|
A few views from our walks about town....
Treguier is definitely off any of the global cruising routes. Unlike, say Mexico, the Caribbean, or the islands of the South Pacific, the area sees relatively few international sailing visitors, particularly in winter. And the virus shut down has made us even more of an oddity!!! We've enjoyed meeting local Breton people who have all been friendly and welcoming. We had a full page article about us in the local paper, and a French TV channel, recording a feature show on the Boreal boats and company spent quite a bit of time interviewing us for the program.
The other thing about the lockdown is that of course all non essential businesses were shut down as well. So details remaining on BRAVO had to wait until Boreal could get back to work. We also had several projects on our list to install, but these too had to wait until we could get missing parts and fabrications. Arghhhh.....all dressed up (or nearly!!), and no where to go.
Finally the lockdown in France has eased, in stages. Happily the Treguier area, Departement 22, has been spared a large number of Covid cases, so we've felt quite safe here. Most people are wearing masks, even on the streets, and they are required in most stores. The Boreal team all masks up (as do we) when they need to work aboard. Nearly all remaining projects have now been completed. Rigging, canvas, sails, done, as well as our own projects, installing the watermaker and HF radios.....all aboard and working well.
|Back from a trip to the local oyster farm|
|Local artichokes are monsters, and sold everywhere in season|
|Boreal navy! BRAVO on the left, SYL on the bow, with EGATTA, ASKELL WENN, NANOOK and TANGUERO behind|
|Anchored off of Ile de Brehat|
We've seen some interesting boats around town. This little guy, around 6 or 7 meters was apparently used in the single handed Mini Trans-At Race from France to Brazil quite a few years ago. We loved the paint job!!! (all of the rust, wrinkles, rivets, and holes are painted!!!)
But here was our favorite:
Most days our walk took us over a bridge crossing the Guindy river. We always admired this beautiful old wooden gaffer, tied up on shore.
Wikipedia had this to say about her:
"This horn cutter was built in 1855. It served, until 1934, as a pilot cutter at the port of Saint-Hélier in Jersey. She is one of the oldest sailing ships that still sails. She was found on the banks of the Rance and bought by the navigator, writer and painter Yvon Le Corre. It was restored at the Conrad shipyard in Paimpol and is now used as a cruising sailboat for its owner."
One day we saw a crowd aboard, and watched them shove off for a sail. When we returned to our dock, we found GIRL JOYCE tied up to the dock, just behind us. It turned out that famed Le Corre, now in his 80's, had just sold her to a new owner, and they had come to the dock to finalize the transfer. We had a great chat with Yvon about his history with GIRL JOYCE (several solo expeditions to Antartica, the arctic, and points in between, as well as his exploits on his previous gaffer, a British "smack" named IRIS, before being ship wrecked off the Scottish coast.
So that's the story from Brittany. It's great to see new BRAVO finished, and we're eager to continue to explore the local region as we wait to see what the future holds for voyaging.....Stay healthy, everyone, and WEAR YOUR MASKS!!! Hopefully we'll all roll 7's and 11's in the weeks and months ahead.....