Our trip to Lorient via Plymouth was one of two contrasts. After battling hard to put the boats together and leave in good time to settle in to life in Lorient before we started training in France, we got stuck in plymouth and had to wait for a weather window to get across the channel. The window never really came and we ended up beating into 35kts for the first 5 hours of the trip. By the time we got to the French coast, we had the opposite - so little wind we couldn't even sail! We had to motor for the last 10hrs in the sun and the cold.