|Donal flew in from Castletownbere to start the next leg as far as France. We started with a pleasant 4 hour spin along the coast to the pretty port of Salcombe, nestled in a meandering inlet.|
|The weather again blessed us as we headed off the next morning for the cross channel spin to Guernsey. Sadly, light winds did not appear, so we motored on flat calm seas as far as St Peter Port.|
|Guernsey is a beautiful island and the hills around the harbour are spoiled with breathtaking views. The continuous traffic reminds us of the wealth the islanders have and the strength of their economy. We headed off to the neighbouring island of Sark one day in gusty conditions, only to find that, though there were landing places, it was a steep hike uphill to get anywhere. So we had lunch in La Greve de la Ville Bay and returned to St Peter Port.|
|From Guernsey, we headed off in light winds to Jersey. We tried sailing twin headsails for the first time. It was hard work setting it up, but we did get it working(ish!). Then the wind changed direction and strengthened a little so we were back to a beam reach in a rolling swell as far as St Helier.|
Donal's sister lives here and her and her
husband Denis kindly took us on a driving tour of the island the
next day. It is obvious why the island's reputation for opulence
comes from. The houses are beautiful and no expense is spared in their
appearance. But then the locations and views combine to make the
island of Jersey a place you would want to live in.
We booked into the marina for a week to allow Donal to spend some time with his sister, but also to avoid a gale that was forecast to come through a few days later. As I sit and write, it is raining hard just before the gale hits. The marina was a hive of activity today as Prince Charles paid a visit to unveil a new memorial to something or other. Sadly, I was otherwise occupied and could not attend!! But the big brass band let all around know that he had arrived.