Cul de Sac du Marin

Back onboard Ocean Angel as we sat in the cockpit looking at our neighbors, it was hard to believe nearly a month had passed since we’d sailed into the harbor. Days seemed to blend into one another, soon becoming weeks, and before we could blink, we realized we soon would be sailing back south. We’d had sails repaired, located bits and pieces we wanted for the boat, spent five days touring, but we still had more things we wanted to do. Better get busy.

Looking Over the Harbor at Marin
Looking Over the Harbor at Marin

One day we climbed into the dinghy to finish some shopping, have lunch ashore, take photos we meant to have, and take a spin around the harbor. Views of Cul de Sac Marin amaze us at every turn, and though we take hundreds of photos, we never seem to run out of scenes to capture. There’s no way to showcase all of them here on the web.

The New Marina at Marin
The New Marina at Marin

Marin has more shops, restaurants, cafes, chandleries, chain stores, marine services, and so on than we ever seem to be able to visit. It’s hard to believe how many new “best finds” we encounter with each new find having something the last had somehow missed. I think they plan it that way.

 The “new” marina in Marin is well protected from wind and waves and it has stable wide docks, but all boats must tie up in typical “Med-Moor” fashion. With the bow tied to a mooring and stern to the dock, there’s no way Joy could climb over the transom to get on or off the boat. We don’t have a passerelle, and even if we did, I’m not sure Joy would want to negotiate a narrow swaying gangway. So, typically we anchor out, peacefully, quietly, and undisturbed by boat neighbors climbing onto their boats in the night.

As we dinghied around the harbor we came across this bright red Trimaran, the IDEC, 97 feet long with a mast towering 105 feet off the water and skippered by Francis Joyon.

Record Breaking Trimaran - IDEC
Record Breaking Trimaran – IDEC

Later research on the net revealed that in 2008 this vessel broken the around the world sailing record for a single-handed, non-stop voyage with no assistance completing the effort in 57days 6 hours, 23minutes, with an average speed of 21.6 knots. The Trimaran completed another record breaking voyage in Spring 2013 crossing the Atlantic single handed from New York to the UK averaging 26.3 knots on the crossing. French sailors really love their fast boats!  

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