St Nazaire, France
46 17.1N 001 55.0W The Pilot boarded Da Zhong at 0515 and was joined by two tugboats. The Da Zhong slowly leaves the port of La Rochelle and makes her way to sea heading for St Nazaire to pick up more cargo. During the last two days, 12 commuter train carriages, three yachts and several crates were loaded all bound for Australia. Martin, our friendly Big Lift supervisor, informed me that the owners of the Da Zhong were emphatic that Janine canot join the ship, as 25 is the maximum allowed, so it looks as if I am on my own for the rest of the trip. I continued my task of oiling the inside planks, this time in the Constableïs cabin or tiller flat and also washed off the flaking antifoul from the lower hull with the fire hose. The Da Zhong anchored of St Nazaire at 1330 hrs to await the pilot. By 1530 we were on the move again heading for our berth. The Duyfken had to negotiate another narrow canal and brides, albeit this time on board the Da Zhong, which didnït have much clearance either, entering the harbour. There are three large cruise liners in the harbour also, undergoing refit, as well as various other craft. What stood out to me as we entered, was how fresh and clean everything appeared. They obviously take a great deal of pride in their city. The day closed fine and clear with the crew and the Big Lift operators preparing for loading more cargo tomorrow.