This was my first time out this year, and I have wanted for some time to try the tidal part of the Seine. I launched from the slipway next to the sailing club of Hénouville. The tide was going out, and I had little time for a sail, so it meant going out against the current to make sure I could get back in with the current. The Seine is not to be underestimated, especially the tidal part downstream from the lock of Poses, even though the present engineered banks of the great river have done away with Le Mascaret. Upstream from Poses, the Seine is controlled by locks and is slow flowing, and it meanders its way to Paris and beyond. It is still navigable to river barges. On the tidal stretch, there is the current (fluvial and tidal), so you need a good wind to beat it or an engine. Secondly, big ships sail up the Seine between Le Havre and Rouen. One needs to be careful and be ready to face the bow wave wash from the ship. Here I had just finished rigging Sarum.
Here’s my trusty Sarum, launched and ready to go.