The fleet reaches St-Valery-en-Caux, the last French port of the cruise

The MBM team was up early this morning to refuel Blue Fin as we didn’t get a chance yesterday  – space was sparce in Fecamp and some yachties were eyeing up our berths so we decided to wait until the coast was clear to leave our berth.
 
Before setting off I spotted Harry from Sea Star looking like a bonafide local, cycling along the pontoon, French baguette in tow.

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Richard from Evolution was also in a jovial mood, showing me the haircut he wished he’d received when Justin from Slip’s Dream got out his clippers the other day. I’m with Judy on this one Richard, not sure it’s a winning look for you.

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The fleet left Fecamp in two groups, with the first of the boats setting off at around 10am. It was a great crossing and we managed to photograph lots of the boats against the spectacular backdrop of the white chalky cliffs of Normandy, you could have been forgiven for thinking we were cruising past the white cliffs of Dover.

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On arrival in St-Valery-en-Caux there was a bit of a wait to get through the lifting bridge, but we were soon all in and rafted neatly or placed on finger pontoons. Another job well done Claire and Richard, despite some conflicting instructions from the harbour staff.

Tonight most of the fleet is currently supping sundowners on flybridges and in cockpits. In the background we can hear Irish folk music ringing out from a quayside band. Paddy Murphy’s Wife hail from Belgium but specialise in music from the Emerald Isle. No we can’t really work it out either.

Tomorrow is a rest day in St Valery-en-Caux, and it is actually Bastille Day, so who knows what the French have in store for us.