With the wind hovering in the north-west, it was difficult to know when to set out for France. As it turned out, I had to keep the engine on nearly all the way, having set out from Ajaccio on the basis of weather forecasts whereas I originally intended to continue up to Cargese.
Back to Poquerolles which I love, I realised I would arrive at Port St Louis just before the weekend, which wouldn't be very useful as I needed facilities to take the mast down. So I sailed slowly along the French coast and enjoyed a number of anchorages such as Port Mignon. In fact I din't use any moorings between Bonifacio and Port St. Louis.
Once there I explored the idea of sending my mast on ahead to Le Havre, but the cheapest quote was well over €400 so I decided to make a cradle for the mast as I had before. I used the boatyard outside the lock into the river, though I had to wait half a day for the swell in the river to die down sufficiently. Then I was set up for the canals.