Stories in this section... France
We are leaving Canet finally November4, 2000 France
We've Got Sails!October 24, France
Pacific Bliss is no Longer Mastless! October 20,France!
Cold and Mastless in Canet October 17, 2000 France
This Old House by Lois Joy, October 10, 2000 France
A Roller Coaster Day by Lois Joy October 9, 2000 France
Daysailing on a Catana 471, October 4, 2000 France
Our First Visit to the Catana Factory July 19, 2000France
It was a wonderful day for a sail. The wind was light, less than 20 knots, but steady. The sun was bright. Simone and Andreas stayed home with little Manuel—who had his fill of sightseeing. Helga and the Kriegs—Roland, Marlies, and Julia—joined Gunter and me. Catana graciously agreed to assign two sailors to take us out, since Pacific Bliss is not yet ready to sail.
Photo: The Kriegs enjoying their sail.
a great feeling to be at the helm of a Catana--at last--sailing “the
Med.” We sailed over to Collioure, about fifteen miles down the
coast. Although we didn’t anchor there, we sailed past the castle
on the shore, and, of course, took plenty of photos! On the way,
the wind was at our backs and we sailed at seven or eight knots, but
gently. The wind was blowing in a perfect direction for sailing
straight to Gibraltar. I hope this continues. It is ideal!
Photo: Collioure Shoreline.
Sailing back to Canet, with the wind on the nose, was rougher, but acceptable. We were reminded us of the typical bon voyage wish, “May you sail with the sun, and may the wind be always at your back.” That’s what we’re hoping for! Sailing today made us all the more eager to begin sailing Pacific Bliss.
In the evening, the Kriegs treated us for an excellent French dinner
at Clos de Pins. Manuel was awake and alert after his restful