Ardfern is welcoming us in a very nice Marina. It was five nice nights and days of sailing, enjoying a very fine weather. Dolphins, sun and moon shine, very little wind: we could only use the kite in the Irish Sea. But how fun! Most of the time, electric and diesel engines were running alternately. Here we are in Scotland, where we meet up with our friend Tristan and his family. A year ago, Le Manguier was stopping here as well, by the end of Loch Craignish. It is good to go to shore, first time since we left France. We are expecting a parcel with spare parts, that should allow us to understand the funny behaviour of an engine command...
Almost a week was needed to prepare Ecotroll before sailing in waves. Supported by friends captains of tug boats or pilots in Le Havre, transition from rivers to open ocean went in the best conditions: thank you Cédric, Marc, Quentin, Alice and Vincent! When leaving the harbour this morning, a good facing wind was already making some waves, perfect to check if everything was ready and correctly packed. Ecotroll is now at Ouistreham, waiting for winds pushing us... The weather station is now running, you can follow our track here.
First trip at sea Tuesday afternoon, to try the 60 m2 kite from Omega Sails, with its designer Vincent Leblond. Happy results!
Ecotroll met tides in Rouen! When leaving the town yesterday, our boat was looking pretty small along the Belem or the Jeanne d'Arc... Sometimes going at more 18 km per hour with the current, sometimes following at low speed the last curves of the river Seine, Ecotroll met again salty water last night. Few days stop at Le Havre to get ready before sailing offshore.
Ecotroll entered Paris yesterday evening, she was welcomed at Paris-Arsenal harbour, near Bastille. Coming to the capital by the river Seine is giving an unusual view on the built-up area! In the harbour until 20th May, before sailing further to Le Havre, it is time to check equipment on board after a major water entry, on 11th night. Time to get ready to sail offshore... A presentation and a press conference, by Ecotroll's team, will be organized on 18th May at 19:00.
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