Day 3 Paris

A day of rest for the fleet in Honfleur


Rest and Refuel

Honfleur – Position N 49° 25.282 000° 14.178 E

With a rest day ahead of us, there were lie-ins all round. The fleet woke to a sunny morning in Honfleur and although it was to be a day of rest and exploration, finding a supermarket was high on the agenda for most.

For the MBM team refuelling was also on the job list. Petrol is not available in the port of Honfleur so unfortunately is was trip to the local garage for us, armed with a trolley and jerry cans to refuel control RIB Time Flies. At 1400 FST a fuel tanker arrived with 12,000 litres of diesel to dispense among the fleet, which was a slow process.

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And there were birthday celebrations among the fleet today as Ellie from Atlantic 42 Amethyst celebrated her 14th birthday. Happy Birthday Ellie.

Later on at 1830 a skippers’ briefing was held on the quayside, during which Neale laid out plans for tomorrow’s passage upriver to Rouen. The entrance lock to Honfleur operates every hour on the half hour but as the lock is not very big the fleet will depart so that we are spread across three locks. The first boats are aiming for the 0830 lock.

The view from the beach at Honfleur – ship proceeding up the River Seine (photo by John Frew)
The tanker refuelling the fleet on Quai Gallien
The Vieux Bassin at night

Day 4