Viviers to Valence

Another day upstream in the Rhone River; eight-hours of motoring brought us through three locks for a total of 41 nautical miles.  The day was overcast, cool, with a 5-10 knot south breeze mid-day which created a bit of chop on the river against the downstream current.  It was smooth sailing.  Ecluse de Chateauneuf began…

Re-positioning

Brian and I LOVE sailing; absolutely!  Why, then, did we take down the mast of our fabulous new yacht??  We want to re-position ourselves for the summer sailing season so that we can explore an area which we find most intriguing – Northern Europe.  “But what about the Med!?!?” you exclaim in bewilderment from behind your…

Voila! A Motor Yacht

I’ve always thought the term “vessel” to describe my watery domain had sounded a bit commercial.  However, in the United States it is perfectly natural and appropriate to term your sailboat as a “sailing vessel” thus the abbreviation SV.  Now I am in Europe, and the term “yacht” gets tossed around with ease.  And so…

Extraordinarily Sailing

Port St Louis du Rhone is the land where the wind rules!  When a mistral is blowing, everyone hunkers down and holds fast to not be blown away!  When we’d returned to Port Napoleon, a mistral was blowing.  It remained for nearly two weeks and the anemometer aboard Detour read between 35-40 knots while the boat shuttered in…

Launching Into Spring

I’d say we’re a bit overdue for a new story…so here is a quick recap of the previous four months.  After exploring Barcelona, Spain we continued a southwesterly drive along the Spanish coastline.  It was Thanksgiving, and we went to Murcia, Spain to visit my cousin for the holiday.  I must thank Robert, Paco, and…

Photo Tour of Plage Napoleon

Plage Napoleon is a beautiful, 6.2 miles of sandy beachfront along the Mediterranean Sea. We frequently visit Plage Napoleon just to hear the sound of the ocean waves lapping onto the shoreline; we terribly miss the sounds and smells of the ocean!  Cars drive down the wide, hardened beachfront where there is about one mile…

Tuyau d’Arrosage

The first thing that Brian and I did once we obtained the boat keys was to go through the entire boat to determine what remained aboard from the previous owner; what “free” stuff had we gained through this sale? We opened every cupboard, closet, and hatch and took inventory of remaining spare parts, life jackets,…

Look What the Wind Blew In

Welcome to Port Napoleon! This boat yard offers only the finest French scenery and food, and exquisite working space to meet all of our European touring…I mean boat refit needs. On the day we arrived, a mistral was howling through town. A mistral is a violent, cold, north-northwest wind that blows from southern France into…