We left Batz and made our way up the Trieux estuary, passing by Bréhat on our way to Lézardrieux, one of Peter’s favorite spots to hang and relax. This is a really beautiful part of the world, though unfortunately, the complete lack of wind had us on motor most of the day.
Our arrival in the small marina at Lézardrieux was a big leap on our learning curve.
We chose a spot on the first set of berths reserved for visitors, which happened to have an incredibly short catwalk. We headed in bow first, too quickly and underestimating the strength of the cross breeze . I threw the front line, but we didn’t realize that we could not throw the stern line at all – the stern was too far from the pontoon. And had we succeeded, they’d have been pulling us forward, harder against the dock. We had not prepared a middle line, still not entirely convinced that this was often the most important of all, and we should always have one read
We struck the dock soundly with the bow, as a few brave men tried to help us wrestle her in. Peter used the bow thrusters in vain as the stern started to turn in the slip. It collided (gently) with the boat in the next berth, and feet were used to separate them. Meanwhile, I was trying to get a middle line out. That finally worked, and they pulled us into the slip. It was a real rodeo ride.! Later, talking with one of the other skippers, Peter got some good advice.
Tips: 1. When it’s really tight, go in stern first. 2, don’t try to “fix” a missed approach to dock; it will never work. Abort the approach, go back, and start all over again. 3. USE THE MIDDLE LINE; it lets you block the boat on a cleat, and because it is at the widest part of the vessel, neither bow nor stern can pivot.
Lezardrieux is a cute little port that is clearly a favorite of many. It has about 75 deep water slips, and a lot of berths for smaller craft (we also noticed boats at anchor on the other side of the river). There are a couple of longer pontoons on the exterior, which would be a good bet for longer yachts.
They have electricity and water (but you’ll need your own hoses and adapters), and a suitable shower block with dish washing facilities. Right above the marina is the Bar du Yacht which has pretty good food (nice grilled lobster, fish, steaks and burgers..), a fun atmosphere, sporting events on their wide screen. It seems to always be open, from breakfast to dinner, coffee to beer…
There’s also a small ship chandler very close by, a branch of Accastillage Diffusion , but for anything else, including cooking gas, you’ll need to head up the hill and into town.
The town is very pretty, and has everything you need: Bakery, supermarket, full hardware store (cooking gas, water hose and adapters), and a very good open-air market on Friday mornings with local produce, fish, meats and cheese.
This year, a small wine shop opened, an extension of the Carlocca Café. They really had some very good little wines and wine boxes. We didn’t know if the wines would be so good and only got a couple of bottles which were recommended by the shop keeper. We were pleasantly surprised! Second time around, we got a photo of the owner and plenty of red to finish the season!
We love to buy lamb from the truck parked near the church on market days “L’Agneau du presqu’ile”, while the local butcher has great meats and also a lot of tasty ready-made salads.
This year when I drove down to join Peter in neighboring Tréguier, I realized just how close the two towns are, and how many other things are close enough to walk or take a local cab to, including large grocery and hardware stores. It’s funny how different an approach by land is from an approach by sea…