Having found La Grande Motte a ghost town when we arrived last December with deserted shopping streets and empty beaches the contrast when we left last week was marked. Suddenly there were queues in the boulangerie, all sorts of new restaurants reopened and plenty on bodies on the beaches. It was good to be back there for one last week although I think it’s a town that’s best avoided during the summer months.
The purpose of my last visit was to help pack the boats away ready for the drive up to Brittany as well as getting in a few days sailing but an inspired suggestion from Sam saw the two of us adding in a short excursion to Barcelona. Watching Dee Caffari come in after 102 days at sea was cool and walking around her boat after the press got off we were amazed to see what good shape it was in. The girls did really well managing the course and not needing any stops. After the dock party at 0900 we headed off to ‘do’ Barcelona in a day and although covering more ground than was necessary in flip flops we saw the main tourists sites and enjoyed our 24 hour min break.
Although the main event, the solitaire du figaro isn’t on the cards this season there is still a chance to get some good racing in. My first race will be the Solo Basse Normandie, a 300 mile race against a lot of the top guys from the north of France. After this there are a couple of double handed races, the Fastnet and our season Finale, the Tour de Bretange with is double handed, week long race around the Brittany coast combining some long legs and some inshore racing. During most of the summer the boats will be back home in Cowes where they will be used for taking guests out in the Solent and hopefully allowing some productive training time too.