(Happily!) becalmed in Trouville

Submitted by jono on 25 Sep 2017.

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Just a day or two ago I was sailing a very different Normandy coastline. Impressive chalk cliffs corresponding - in a geological sense, I can now appreciate - to the Sussex coastline of Britain. Between the occasional descents and ascents are usually small towns; or sometimes nuclear power stations - to be given a wide berth if a visit to the local gendarmerie station is to be avoided. I stopped at Dieppe, Saint-Valierie-en-Caux and Fécamp, before arriving at Le Havre where the cliffs dip for a last time before the Seine estuary.

The currents are strong on this coastline and with failing wind rounding the final headland was a struggle. I had contacts in Le Havre, but before reaching there was called in to the beach by members of Dionysien Fun Club. Barbecue and a social Stand Up Paddle session ensued. That was that for the day. Laurent and Corrine kindly provided accommodation for the night.

It's been hot! Mild sunstroke and - perhaps - mild over-indulgence at the barbecue resulted in another migraine, which resulted in a much later start on Sunday than I'd planned for. Which meant losing the wind before getting across the Seine estuary. Meaning a long paddle - with a now repaired short paddle - to get to land on the south shore.

Small waves on entry to the beach at Trouville. The sail failed to release smoothly from its tied down paddling position and became buried by swirling water whilst being pressed onto the barrel. That could easily have snapped the mast or terminally torn the sail. A careless moment. Luck got me through it with only a small hole to a panel. Easily repaired. Won't let that happen again.

A very big thank you to Stive from North Shore surf school: room for gear, food, a place to stay, some local history, and calm and relaxed company.

Today the weather is calm too. Also humid and - to my still slightly aching head - oppresive. Resting and refuelling is the best option. Crepes at Trouville for lunch. Now at chez Caroline et Emmanuel in nearby Touques. Strength returning. Hoping for a breeze tomorrow for westward progress toward Normandy's D-day beaches.

  • Note to self: pass outside the limit marker at nuclear power stations
    Note to self: pass outside the limit marker at nuclear power stations
  • White cliffs, white/orange cliffs, white/orange/green cliffs...
    White cliffs, white/orange cliffs, white/orange/green cliffs...
  • Long stretches without landing options
    Long stretches without landing options
  • Tide and light breeze carried me past
    Tide and light breeze carried me past
  • Fécamp sunset
    Fécamp sunset
  • Fécamp sculpture, begging for a caption competition...
    Fécamp sculpture, begging for a caption competition...
  • Cliffs at Étretat are something special
    Cliffs at Étretat are something special
  • Spikey cliffs, holey cliffs...
    Spikey cliffs, holey cliffs...
  • Merci a Dionysien Fun Club HQ: JR, Natalie, Robin
    Merci a Dionysien Fun Club HQ: JR, Natalie, Robin
  • Le Havre hosts - thank you to Corrine and Laurent
    Le Havre hosts - thank you to Corrine and Laurent
  • Le Havre centre
    Le Havre centre
  • Crossing the Seine
    Crossing the Seine
  • Trouville 'North Shore' surf school / club - c'est fantastique!
    Trouville 'North Shore' surf school / club - c'est fantastique!
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