Isles de Glenan
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Friday 22nd June
Cast of at 6am and headed south. We needed to be at a channel called Raz du Sein by slack water - 10.30am. Reading the description in the almanac, we were not looking forward to it but it turned out not to be a problem. It was after the Raz that our problems started! Crossing the Baie d’Audierne the autopilot couldn’t cope with the huge swell and decided to take us round in circles. The wind was gusting to 30 knots and the sea was rough. By the time we had sorted ourselves out, we were heading for America with a reef line jammed. Eventually got back on course and sent JC up to the foredeck to take the main sail down. The boat was pitching around and the old guy did very well to stay on his feet. We were then carried along by a big swell for 6 hours, helming manually just in case. When we picked up a mooring in a very secluded bay on the Isles de Glenan we discovered that the anchor had come adrift during the rough bit, had been swinging about and had gouged lumps out of the side of the hull. Spoils the appearance of the boat but nothing too serious; does illustrate how important it is to be prepared for anything when sailing though. I’m learning something every day - might even make a half competent sailor some day. Had some beers, cooked a meal and collapsed into bed.