Day 9 – Normandy

Rain all day for the fleet but it didn't stop the enjoyment

Rain, Rain go away

Position 49° 17.644 N 000° 05.853 W
Port Guillaume Marina, Dives sur Mer

The fleet awoke to a very grey and overcast sky with heavy rain pitter-pattering on the fiberglass. It would have been a day to stay undercover, but despite the rain, most crews ventured out into town and beyond.

Some participants relaxed in the bars and cafes overlooking the marina sipping cappuccinos and beer. The MBM team wandered towards civilization in search of a supermarket for food supplies, and in the heavy afternoon rain they walked to neighboring seaside town of Cabourg.

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Cabourg is charming, even in the wet. The sandy beach and colourful promenade were deserted, but the high street was busy with cars and people wandering in and out of the many posh boutiques, and plentiful restaurants. It was market day in town and the streets were lined with damp, but determined market traders. The sheltered market hall was bursting with fresh produce. On the quiet backstreets there are beautifully elegant chateaus, thought to be rich French dignatries’ holiday homes, all shuttered up till august.

Despite the rain, the barbecue and pontoon party still went ahead, with brollies keeping everyone dry, and a plentiful supply of hot food and liquid refreshments to keep spirits high.

The plan tomorrow is still to make for Deauville on the early evening tide, although the forecasts are not looking too favourable. The Rib will go out first again to have a look at the conditions.

Photo Captions:
Never mind the rain, how are the sausages doing?


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