Port du Frioul to La Ciotat
We left Port du Frioul in a light SE breeze which started out at 5 knots and built to 10 knots before dying out completely after lunch. We were able to sail most of the way to explore some of the calanques of Cassis, where we cooled off with a nice swim. I wanted to see how the self tacking jib would do in light winds, so I have something to compare to the Code-0 in similar conditions, so we went the whole way with just main and self tacking jib.
As the wind dropped, I did some tacking to see how Wildling handled very low wind speeds. We were able to maintain 4.5 knots boat speed in wind of 5 knots, and tacking was still no problem, even under 5 knots of true wind.
After lunch in the calanques, the wind dropped to 1.5 knots, so we motored around the point east of Cassis, and anchored at the west end of the bay at La Ciotat. Very nice town with an automatic laundromat, good restaurants along the waterfront, and a Carrefour supermarket close by. We took the dinghy over to the nearby marina and tied up there while we did our shopping and laundry.
We’re staying at anchor in La Ciotat again tonight, with light winds forecast again tomorrow for our planned 30 mile trip over to the island of Porquerolles.