Voici un premier
récit en Anglais (internet oblige).
Malo - La Cité Corsaire
23 June 9.00
At last the
amazing spell of hot weather that St Malo has been experiencing
for the last month has been replaced by typical bracing Breton weather:
blue skies and a pleasant breeze off the sea. Our departure from
for Scotland has been delayed by 24 hours, for several reasons.
Firstly there were several little adjustments still to be made to
the tensioning of the shrouds and the replacement of several worn
Also we have been waiting for a number of spare parts to arrive
at St Malo.
This delay gave us the opportunity yesterday (22 June) to test Imram
sail before venturing across the Channel. We left harbour just before
midday with a nice breeze (force 3-4) and sailed around the bay
hours. Even with our huge 3 tonne load of provisions, bringing Imram's
total weight up to 11 tonnes, we still made a steady 8-9 knots (around
km/hr). In spite of all the extra weight, Imram seemed to handle
despite Rob inadvertently lowering the gib on 2 occasions!
Back in harbour we made the final adjustments before an excellent
crepes and galettes in the old town of St Malo. All of us, i.e.,
Lisa, Barbara, Rob and Philip, slept well after the day's exertions
are now all eager to be off on the first stage of our long northward
ACAPELA, juin 2003