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FOWEY GOES FOREIGN (FOGOF) CRUISING REPORT from this year's cruise. Click here to read all about it

Fowey Goes Foreign. L’Aber Wrac’h. June 2018.

Nine Fowey based sailing yachts and a motorhome participated in this year’s ‘Fowey Goes Foreign’ sailing rally. The boats crossed the Channel in generally fair but occasionally challenging conditions to rendezvous safely at the port of L’Aber Wrac’h on the northwest coast of Brittany on Friday the 22nd June. The motorhome, being somewhat less seaworthy, made a shorter and possibly more comfortable crossing via the ferry to Roscoff! This part of the Brittany coast with its strong tidal streams and fringing rocky outcrops is an interesting and beautiful cruising ground and, although some of the crews were cross-Channel veterans, for at least one crew it was a first time adventure.  After some recharging of the sleep batteries the party of 35 assorted skippers and crew celebrated the crossing with a very pleasant dinner at a local restaurant on Friday evening. On the Saturday morning, in glorious sunshine, a majority of the group took a local ‘vedette’ boat from L’Aber Wrac’h to the nearby island of Ile Vierge. Originally home to an early Franciscan abbey the island is now dominated by Ile Vierge lighthouse which, with a height of 82.5 metres, is the largest stone built lighthouse in Europe. For a modest fee the excess calories from the night before could be partially mitigated by some robust cardiovascular exercise climbing the 365 steps to the external viewing gallery, just below the lantern, where the view of the surrounding coast is spectacular. Some of the younger, fitter, crews hired hobby cats in the afternoon to boost their adrenalin levels. The party reconvened in the early evening aboard a couple of the rafted boats for libations and a convivial, if occasionally discordant, rendition of traditional sea shanties. The Sunday saw the rally disperse with some boats headed back to Fowey and others continuing on an extended cruise. Blessed with generally good weather, a great time was had by all. The ‘Fowey Goes Foreign’ rally is open to all local sail and power boats (and the occasional motorhome) and details of the 2019 ‘Fowey Goes Foreign’ trip will be made available in late December or early January.