I took the boat out today at Veules les Roses, my usual haunt where I am on the board of the sailing club. Here, we launch boats from the shingle beach.
Conditions today were much calmer than the last time. I launched one and a half hours before high tide, of about medium current between the last spring tides and the neap tides in about a week’s time. The weather was overcast and the wind was blowing at about 6 to 7 knots with the occasional gust of about 10. The sea was slightly choppy.
I was able able to experiment with a new bilge pump, which seems to work quite efficiently, and makes a change from bailing. I began by heaving-to and photographing Veules.
Veules les Roses is a seaside resort in the summer on the Normandy coast to the east of Saint Valéry en Caux. There is one fishing dory that is pulled out of the water each time by a heavy tractor. Though the sea front was quite heavily damaged in 1940, many lovely houses of the early twentieth century remain. It is a very lovely village, and I recommend it to anyone spending his holidays on the Normandy coast north of the Seine. This is the east part of the beach.
This photo is taken off Saint Aubin sur Mer, and looks towards the Sotteville headland. Veules les Roses is hidden behind the headland. The most distant headland is the fishing port of Saint Valéry en Caux.
It was a peaceful outing and gave me plenty of opportunity to think about the Sarum Gathering and the spirit I want to start it off with. I was most clear this morning as I awoke, but the sea also brought counsel on this Friday after Ash Wednesday.