Fleet departs l’Aber-W’rach: 12 July 2016

l'Aber-W'rach Photo: Ben Collins
l’Aber-W’rach Photo: Ben Collins

The OGA fleet were stormbound in l’Aber-W’rach after the Abers2016 festival as the weather set against them for the final leg of their passage to Brest.

With strong south westerly winds and 3 metre waves forecast in the infamous Chenal du Four, the fleet remained in port.

Late on Sunday, two more English boats arrived at l’Aber-W’rach in very strong winds. ‘Witch Hazel’ and ‘Molly Oxford’, both from the Solent, had been waiting in Roscoff for crew and now join the fleet in Abers.

'Victoria' travels to Abers on her lorry Photo: Sue Lewis
‘Victoria’ travels to Abers on her lorry Photo: Sue Lewis

Still travelling on her lorry, after crossing the channel by ferry to Calais, ‘Victoria’ called in to join the gaffer fleet at Aber 2016. Follow her story here. ‘Random’, still on passage along the Brittany coast, sat out the storm in Primel-Tregastel, and headed for Abers overnight Monday, arriving early morning today.

The 20-strong OGA fleet is part of a small Armada of 41 boats who have been gathering from the UK, Netherlands and France to enjoy the Aber2016 festival before moving on to Brest 2016. They’re reported to be motor-sailing into a Force 2 on Tuesday morning, hoping to arrive in Brest later today for the beginning of the Festival Maritime 2016.

Browse the gallery of photos from the OGA fleet skippers and crews.