At long last, after a long and nasty winter and the lockdown back-to-back, I had my first sail of this year in my little Tabur 320. I made a series of short videos and they are joined together. Veules les Roses has a special place in my sailing history.
Veules les Roses is on the Normandy coast between Dieppe and Fécamp. It is very similar to the Sussex and Kent coast the other side of the Channel. There was very little wind, but I was at last sailing, in Σοφία, on account of the ease of launching from a beach. I sailed against the tide in order to be sure of being able to get back, so I sailed east towards Sotteville sur Mer, Varengeville and Dieppe. After a time there was too little wind to sail upwind, so I returned to Veules – very slowly downwind.
I mentioned the Clos Moutiers, a beautiful house designed by Edward Lutyens in the Arts & Crafts style.
Following my comments on bits of a ship which are still visible at low tide, I referred to the events of June 1940 when Veules les Roses was called “The Other Dunkerque“.
We are living in very odd times, but nothing as compared to the Spanish Flu and the two World Wars. I felt lightness and relief in the air to find people with their families and dogs enjoying the beach, the sunshine, the sea and nature. As I have said elsewhere, if we have a sense of gratitude and wonder, then we can find happiness even in adversity. This was certainly the case for me in my little boat.