At 9 this morning, the wind dropped enough that we could motor on a direct course into the wind. We quickly opened hatches and portlights to try and dry the boat as best as possible and cleaned the floor and whatever we could clean. Lunch was set on the table in the main cabin, with silverware, plates and glasses for the wine. But at 3 p.m., the wind increased to 15 knots in the nose, and it was back in the washing, motor sailing as close to the wind as we can to save time.
At noon we were by 48:12 N and 5:46 W, very close to Ouessant and 194 miles from the fuel dock in Cherbourg. We thought we were there and started talking about laundry, showers, groceries and even lunch at the restaurant nearby. Now, it is back to late arrival, hurried fueling and back out to be at the mouth of the river Seine on the 9th morning and in Rouen in the 9th afternoon.
We are all three a little bit mentally tired but we have to accept that. It is called pleasure boating, remember !
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