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We got to Cannes but then found that we couldn’t get a berth in Nice or Monaco, in fact there wasn’t a berth for us in any marina on the French Riviera to the east of Cannes.  In fact the only place we could find was San Remo, Italy, luckily also on our list of places to visit.     So we had to re assess our plans to visit Nice and Monaco.    Nice we did by train from Cannes and Monaco we plan to visit by train from San Remo.

20161004_124106So instead of going from Cannes to Nice, we went from Cannes to the Rade de Villefranche, just round the corner.   In leaving Cannes we sailed passed the Ile de Marguerite, most famous for its fortress prison, the Fort Royal, in which the so-called Man in the Iron Mask was held in the 17th century, not the Chateau D’If in Marseille.

20161004_17521820161004_180849Arriving in the Rade de Villefranche we anchored opposite the marina we couldn’t get into.    This was a very pleasant anchorage, sheltered and quiet 20161004_191704and very picturesque.   We were anchored in 6 metres of water and it was so clear you could see the sea bed with worrying clarity …. It looked far shallower!   If we hadn’t been wanting to move along we’d have stayed another day just to chill!

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Seriously, this water is 6 metres deep …..

Another worryingly clear sight was naked Germans.  This isn’t an isolated sighting either, in almost every anchorage we have been to, we have observed that the crew of any yacht wearing a German ensign has a remarkably consistent lack of clothing; ‘naked German yachtsman’ is a phrase you could classify as a ‘tortology’, like saying ‘fatally dead’.   But they do seem to have towels, but no deck chairs …

Mind you even in marinas we have seen some disturbing sights.   In Toulon there was the guy on the boat across the jetty from us who didn’t appear to own any clothes other than his underpants …… and then, on Sunday, his underpants and a t shirt – he did have guests after all.   It was only on the Sunday evening when he left his boat we realised he actually owned trousers.   Or the guy in Cannes on the next yacht who I christened ‘Captain Underpants’ ….. always seemed to be wandering around his boat in the morning in the same pair of baggy grey ‘Y’ fronts.   Honestly, it wouldn’t be so bad if they were ‘the beautiful people’, surely there are standards, this is the Cote d’Azur for goodness sake!   But no, unfortunately these people are not Boat Bunnies, and obviously their boats don’t have the luxury of mirrors.

They say that if you have it flaunt it, well surely the unspoken flipside is if you haven’t, don’t.

Seriously, please, don’t.

Cannes

There isn’t really much to say about Cannes.  Another town famous for being famous, although much bigger than St Tropez and much busier, with a large number of big hotels, exhibition centres and plenty of very big super yachts.   In St Tropez the original character remained, here it has been well and truly absorbed.

Can you spot Windependent?
Can you spot Windependent?

dsc_0279The old town is very small and compact and is set on a hill over looking the marina, the top of the hill being occupied by the church and the remains of the castle.  The steep streets lead down to the port and are full of souvenir and craft shops and numerous restaurants.

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Cannes proper then stretches out to the east of the old town along the sea front behind the Boulevard de la Croisette; here there are all the big name boutiques crammed between the hotels.   One street back and the shops are far more down market and realistic in price, further into town and it is a busy, lively place.

Boulevard de les Croisettes
Boulevard de les Croisettes

Cannes lives up to the image I had of it and I am glad we visited, although I think 2 days is more than enough to see the place.

Tomorrow we are off again but as yet we don’t know where to. Nice is fully booked and can’t give us a mooring, Villefranche sur Mer has yet to answer and Beaulieu is closed till Monday morning, and we still don’t know if we can get into Monaco dharlings.

 

Frejus to Cannes

Still in no rush I decided to take two days to cover the 20 odd miles between Frejus and Cannes, 10 miles each day with an over night stop in the Rade d’Agay.

The weather was ideal for sailing on both days, lots of up wind work from Frejus to Agay and a following wind from Agay to Cannes – 20 knots of wind is great for running down wind but make mooring in a crowded marina fraught!

Pte de l'Esquine de L'ay
Pte de l’Esquine de L’ay
Ile d'Or
Ile d’Or

The coast here is all red rock, very Martian, apart from all the water and the breathable atmosphere!   We passed the Ile d’Or approaching Agay, it is so called because apparently in certain light conditions the red rocks look golden.

Sunset in Rade d'Agay
Sunset in Rade d’Agay

Rade d’Agay has a very small fishing harbour in it but buoys have been laid in three areas of the bay and we decided to hook up to one of these for the night; unfortunately the southerly winds from earlier had set up a decent swell which was quite uncomfortable over night when the wind moved round and held us ‘beam on’ across it.  Still we only had 10 miles to do the following day so we could sleep in!

Le Cap Roux, south west of Cannes
Le Cap Roux, south west of Cannes

By the following morning the swell had almost died away and we had a relatively restful morning.  We left the buoy just before 1, and actually sailed off the buoy without needing the engines, although they were on, jut in case.  As we left Agay and there was stiffening breeze behind us, reaching 20 knots as we got towards Cannes and we made the trip in just over 2 hours, making 6 knots at times.