Agreed on staying around the area. I would head
to La Rochelle, or Ile de Re. Im not sure if you would fit in there but I heard its reasonably priced and a very nice place. You can probably stay on the Lagoon
pontoon for a few weeks for free in Les Sable D'ollone to save a few bucks. We picked up our L380 a little over a year ago there, stayed 5 nights then headed to La Rochelle to have solar
, WM and a fe other items fitted. Prices in La Rochelle were much better than Les Sables. La Rochelle offers free berthing while you are having work done as well, but they may still try hit you with a bill afterwards. Try do a deal with whoever is doing the work. I think October rates would be less and there would be more space available than when we were there in May. La Rochelle is a beautiful town as well and you can easily enjoy a couple of months there at least. The marina is huge and I wouldn't think a 6 month berth would be more than 3000 euro. The bay is well protected and theres nice day sailing
to and around the islands. I haven't been there in Winter though so I can't comment on how cold it might get, but in May we were swimming off Ile de Re on a 28 degree day although the water
was only about 16.
You could leave there around May next year, maybe earlier to head
South. You can coast hop/day sail most of the way. We aimed for La Coruna but the wind
sent us to Santander, about a 36hr sail, and coast hopped most of the way to the Med.
You should definately take it slow and enjoy this part of the world. The people are great, great food
, especially if you like octopuss! and really cheap marinas
. May in the Med for a L380 averages 50 euro/night, May in Northern Spain
and portigal averages 30 euro/night. Double both in high season. And the Spaniish Ria's are fantastic cruising grounds. Lots of safe anchorages
and no crowds.
More details of the area are on our blog and you can shoot me an email
if you need any details on contractors and suppliers around La Rochelle, which reminds me, La Rochelle also has the best chandlers found anywhere in our travels, all right at the marina, so it was simple to outfit all we needed in one place.