With our younger son Ryan aboard, we left La Ciotat, sailed to and anchored off the Porquerolles. The seas were flat and it was nice to hear the generator for the first time (and that it worked was a lovely bonus). The wind was pretty strong. Amante spent a happy night finally(!) at anchor in the Porquerolles.
Next day we walked around the island, saw the windmill, light house, Petanque court. The island has a definite island feel, everything is a little slower, slightly sways with the movement of the swell. The island is covered with trails, just dirt roads leading everywhere, some narrow enough for bikes only, and there are plenty of bikes, as there are few cars. We returned to the town center, had steak and fries for lunch with a Rose that we would miss soon as we get to Italy. Mauro picked us up on the beach. Pretty darn perfect first day off the dock.
The Frankings had a wonderful hike making them happy.
It was early and the weather was coming up, so we sailed from Les Porquerolles dead downwind to St Tropez. Started out motor sailing, as the wind picked up we killed the engine. Love to take a photo of Amante at 10.3 knots with nothing but the genny! Evidence that the rig is on tight and that Amante actually sails (!) made our new Captain Mauro happy.