synopses of cetaceans mission 2017

 

Grand Tour Mediterranean 

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Shipment of the 01 10 2017 April from Hyeres

Shipment of the 12 21 2017 April from Calvi

Expedition of 27 May to 10 June 2017 from Valletta

12 Expedition to 21 June 2017 from Lefkada

Expedition of 23 June to 2 July 2017 from Corfu

4 expedition to 13 July 2017 from Corfu

Shipping from 26 July to 4 August 2017 from Kalamata

07 expedition to 21 August 2017 from Catania

Shipping from 24 August to 01 September 2017 from Milazzo

04 Expedition to 13 September 2017 from Cagliari

15 expedition to 24 September 2017 from Porto-Vecchio

Shipping from 26 September to 05 October 2017 from Calvi

 

Shipping Pelagos 

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Shipping of the 15 21 2017 July from Hyères

Shipping of the 22 28 2017 July from Hyères

Shipping of 29 04 July to August 2017 from Hyères

Shipping of the 05 11 2017 August from Hyères

Shipping of the 12 18 2017 August from Hyères

Shipping of the 19 25 2017 August from Hyères 

 

 

Grand Tour Mediterranean

Shipment of the 01 10 2017 April from Hyeres    

1er Day - April 1er 2017- ECO and its new fish

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 201710 a.m. - EcÔ the mascot Caretta Caretta welcomes her new friends: Béa, Evelyne, Aurélien, Sylvie, Marie, Géraldine, guided by Andy the skipper and Céline the Ecoguide and Director of Cybelle Planète. All on the cleat, ready to embark and sail, we were unsettled by the bad weather. The bubbles (of Champagne) sparked the imagination of the sailors who laid pretty April fish. We started with 8 fish moussaillons and we arrived at 16 ... After putting away our supplies, we took our first meal together (tomato basil pasta) and went around the table to get to know each other. This first appetizer swallowed, we listen attentively to the instructions of our super skipper. Then our eco-guide gives us a presentation of marine mammals: odontocetes and mysticetes. After this busy day and a small dinner, we go to our cabins for the evening rest, hoping to leave the next day. The night was humid at the port of Hyères, the weather is still good in the south! O Rage, O Despair, O darling Avocet, will you flap your wings (wou wou wou Youuuu) towards the infinite horizon?

Day 2 - April 2 - Onward!

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 20178h. Hop hop hop, frenzy of combat! Breakfast for sailors before training on marine biodiversity, punctuated by a quiz to see if we have listened. With a few pitfalls, we listened well! We follow up with a training session on the new OBSenMER application.

14pm already! Quick lunch before the expected departure! We are preparing warmly because it is windy and (almost) raining. EcÔ follows us on the bridge and we try to get gas. April Fool's Day is over, but the credit card machine is not working !! We leave for Port-Cros where we will refuel later. The rain is coming, no matter what, a young sailor at the helm leads us to safe harbor: Aurélien, nicknamed James West. We moor at buoy 20, it is already 18 p.m. Culinary preparation: apple pie on a bed of caramelized rum compote ... Nighttime digestion will take place in the sandstone of the waves.

3ème day - 3 April - First obs

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Eye opening: blue sky! Hooray! Everyone on the move, copious breakfast dispatched. Let's go for our first observations! Application of the various directives received the day before: use of the OBSenMER application, adjusted binoculars, sharp criterion. It is in a collective excitement that our 14 eyes search for any trace of life, under the supervision of EcÔ. The morning test was fruitful: pelagies, mola mola, velelles were there. These first observations gave us balm in the heart and the momentum to start the observations in real conditions. After a little snack in the sun on the deck, we took our first observations seriously. The weather is fine and we cross a canyon with potential cetaceans. Without success, we will try our luck again tomorrow! EcÔ, meanwhile, has been walking on the bridge all day ...

4ème day - April 4 - Crossing

Departure 5h Lavandou Calvi. Some brave ecovolunteers were treated to a beautiful sunrise under a sky devoid of clouds and even starry. These are discharged as and when the progress of the day. The first quarters are set up, and all concentration, scan the sea ... the morning passed without special event and Celine is preparing a banana cake to give us the go.

Two blue and white dolphins are waiting for the end of the stopwatch to show up, the tricksters! At the very last quarter of the day, a little joker comes to wink at the bow of the Avocet. This gives us a boost to end this day which was especially rich in velelles and other pelagies. We arrive around midnight in the bay of Calvi, guided by the illuminated citadel ...

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5ème day - April 5 - The tail of the snout (if the cetacean)

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017We wake up with a superb view of the citadel of Calvi. Aurélien takes advantage of this setting to do a refreshing splash with EcÔ; he was quickly followed by Evelyne and Marie in "little sirens".

We leave the bay of Calvi and start the first observations. The weather conditions are not required (strong swell, wind and some sick), we decide to follow the coast towards Girolata. A good part of the crew devotes the afternoon to a restorative rest! We arrive at Girolata and inflate the annex to set foot on land, hoping to be able to take a good shower. They open the showers to us, telling us that there is no hot water (ah aha laugh ...). Never mind a brave few cool off! After a short stroll, we return to the boat for the meal and start a fiery game of little pigs to throw like dice, arguing in good humor on the points to be awarded.

6ème day - April 6

We leave Girolata and start our observations. We can still see that there is still progress to be made in raising awareness of waste because the sea is still the receptacle for too much waste: plastics from water packs, food trays, remains of buoys, polystyrene, caps ... However, still no cetaceans!

In the evening we moor at the port of Cargèse where we can to shower with hot water, do some shopping and walking in the hills of the village. 

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7th day - April 7 - We are mocked!

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Awakening in Cargèse under a magnificent blue sky and a sea of ​​oil. The conditions are ideal for another day of observation. After a few races and various repairs, we head back north. The morning goes by, observing nothing more than velelles, some pelagies and sea birds (ash and Mediterranean shearwaters). Céline suggests that we listen to the seabed with the hydrophone. We listen attentively: nothing on the horizon! Where are they ? What is going on ? A sunfish (mola-mola) will still give us a little interlude.

We decide to extend our shift (347 !!!) to maximize our chances of seeing a cetacean: nothing helps!

The weather is superb, as are the creeks of Piana at the edge of which we want to anchor. We try to stop in the first cove with a rope: without success, too many rocks! We therefore spend the night in the Castagna bay not far from there. We are enjoying a superb sunset when a bottlenose dolphin makes its appearance not far from us: the dolphins are decidedly teasing! Two bottlenose dolphins will then come and circle the sailboat in the collective excitement, we take advantage of this moment while admiring the sunset. Oh surprise !!! The watchtower is adorned with all its lights! Orange, blue, red, purple ...

Day 8 - April 8 - Sharks!

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017We leave the Calanques de Piana at 7:30 am, the weather is perfect; calm sea, "light breeze" wind, clear horizon ... all the clues are there for a perfect day ...

We are lucky to see two blue sharks hunting on the surface, a squid. After a long wait, we decide to listen to the background again and put the hydrophone in the water. No echo! EcÔ goes to bed and we end the day with an excellent Maison couscous.

We spend the night in the bay of Calvi lulled by the music of "Saturday evening" ...

 

9ème day - April 9 - Plenty for the end

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Departure 7:30 am from Calvi. Another day calm sea and sun. Hooray !! We still believe in it. A day full of emotion, the festivities are finally open: around 50 blue and white dolphins, mola-mola which feed on velelles that line the sea, and even the Haudouin's gull which is endangered. We also take the opportunity to have a quiet meal on the drifting boat.

Arrival in Calvi full sail with the Corsican pavilion which sits above the Cybelle Planète pavilion. EcÔ passes the baton to the next team, to whom we wish rich observations. This week is ending in style with excellent homemade pizzas .... good luck to you !!!

 

 

Shipment of the 12 21 2017 April from Calvi 

1er day - 12 April - Arrival and Bottlenose dolphins

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Arrival of the new expedition crew at the Port of Calvi around 10 am on a beautiful sunny day. A group of 4 go to the local supermarket to get their supplies in order to be independent for the next 10 days. Once done and the food shopping put away, the crew sets out to prepare the first collegiate meal that allows them to get to know each other. The geographical origins are diverse (Auvergne, Center Val de Loire, Rhône Alpes, PACA, Occitanie and even Corsica!). Our stomachs well settled and the presentations made, we cast off to go to Ile Rousse, about 10 nautical miles along the coast. Everyone recounts their past observations in order to motivate themselves for the days to come. And oh! Surprise! Several bottlenose dolphins come to the bow of the boat for the greatest pleasure of all.

Then slowly we arrive at the port of Ile Rousse using the engine after having tried the sails which, due to lack of wind, were not enough to make the Avocet of Ryme take off on the waves. Once moored, everyone sets to work to prepare the evening meal, which ends with the sound of the guitar.

2ème day - April 13 - Ile Rousse, the adventurer docking

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Although not everyone has slept very well, the crew wakes up with a smile under a beautiful sun and a blue sky. The skipper Andy checks the weather report, and tells us that the relatively rough wind and sea conditions will not allow us to go out to sea today. Indeed, the swell and the waves of 1 to 2 meters will both prevent us from observing cetaceans and probably cause seasickness ... Especially since we have to pass Cap Corse in one go, which represents a navigation of approximately 8 hours in a row. Therefore, we start the morning with the "safety" report made by the skipper Andy. We assess all possible dangers to navigation, whether human, material or environmental. Then Andy explains how the boat works and who is responsible for what in the event of an urgent evacuation. Once done, it's time to have an aperitif and prepare lunch: pasta and mixed salad. Some, whose name I will not mention, go on with a nap, in order to recover from the trip to Corsica, others read books. Shortly after, the wind strengthens quite strongly. He forces Andy to reconsider the mooring to prevent the sailboat from hitting the dock (dock 1,5 meters above the boat). The great maneuvers then begin:

- Attempts to tame the crazy bridge,

- Jumps small monkeys ecovolunteers to multiply the hawsers,

- Inflation of Annex ICU mode

- First swim of the year for Andy propeller explorer mode to verify that the dangling there is not stuck,

- And finally rescue the ecovolunteer Geraldine, remained alone on the quay during all these adventures, not being able to risk crossing the crazy footbridge. All in a majestic leap into the inflated annex!

3rd day - April 14 - BREATH!

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017We wake up in Ile Rousse under good weather: we will be able to reach Cap Corse during the day! After a few final adjustments (fill the tanks with water, deflate the annex which ended up serving as a bridge, an underwater escapade by Franscescu who had dropped the lime ...), we go out and start the observations. The sea is calm and the skylights are still in place. When suddenly, during the second quarter of observations ... Breath! A small sperm whale came to take the air very close to us. We cut the engine and follow his breath while holding ours, waiting for his dive into final bouquet. We were able to observe its tail and even take a picture of it. During the next sighting, blue and white dolphins came to bow to play. We arrive at the port of Macinaggio after having bypassed Cap Corse in about 8 hours of navigation. We celebrate our observations and the birthday of Andy and Pascale around a good meal (flamekueche and chestnut cake) and end the evening with a game of flaming mikado, rocked by the bluffing imitation of a mosquito made in Francescu ...

Day 4 - April 15 - Sterne

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017We begin the day with a topo on cetaceans and boats that can be found at sea. Mysticetes, odontocetes, jellyfish, various boats ... everything goes! We end this presentation with a recognition quiz on photos. We're pretty good!

We take off around noon in rather good weather. Head south! We attack the observations but only a few shearwaters disturb our peace of mind. Notable fact: there are no more velelles! We saw a few stealthy fins without being able to identify them. At the end of the day, we passed a caugek tern (and not kojak dixit Guillaume) which had found rest on a block of polystyrene ...

 

5ème day - April 16 - Turtle

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017After a night punctuated by waves of wetting in which we slept, near the beautiful beach of Pinia, we start from 7h and begin our observations 8h, the time to have enough depth. Puffins are early morning, but not much else appears on the surface. A turtle makes us joy to surface, unfortunately, we have not had time to count the scales to determine if it was a green turtle or Loggerhead. This is the first turtle that we observe and the excitement is palpable.

In the evening, we reach the Port de Taverna marina to sleep in the port, sheltered from the swell!

 

6ème day - 17 April - sunfish

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017We leave the port of Taverna for a long day of observation offshore. Except for a moon fish that we have long observed while doubting that it is alive, we have not made any noticeable observation. We arrive at the port of Salenzara at the end of the afternoon to spend the night.

 

 

 

7ème day - 18 April - Arrival in Porto Vecchio

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017We made observations in the morning without noting anything of note despite the rather mild weather. Mirages accumulate until a dolphin emerges from a jump near the boat. We won't see him again. Jean-Marie and Géraldine saw it, which allows them to mutually confirm that they did not dream! We arrive in Porto-Vecchio at the start of the afternoon, the wind hardens and we will no longer be able to observe. We moor with great finesse in particularly delicate wind conditions: Andy hat! We eat on the boat and go to visit Porto Vecchio after a good shower. Franscescu, the local of the stage, plays guide and is known as the white wolf in the various alleys of the city.

We return to the boat in the evening and celebrate Llanara's birthday as it should be!

8ème day - April 19 - Horse riding and eco-friendly

Stormy night in Porto Vecchio! The morning remains delicate in terms of weather (gusts of wind, rain), then becomes milder in the afternoon, without however allowing observations. We stay ashore and Franscescu plays guide again, taking us to a paradisiacal beach on which we walk for several hours, equipped with trash bags to collect all types of waste that soil this superb preserved area of ​​Palombaggia facing the Cerbical Islands. During this time, Guillaume was on an expedition to the Lavezzi Islands from which he returned just as enchanted.Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017

9ème day - April 20 - Bonifacio

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017We decide to go sailing towards Bonifacio. We are finally not so far and it seems that the beauty of the place is breathtaking. It would be a shame to deprive yourself! ...

After a nice browsing session, we reach the famous Straits of Bonifacio.

The end of day looks quiet, we are preparing to leave tomorrow already, the Cybelle adventure ...

 

Expedition of 27 May to 10 June 2017 from Valletta

1er Day - 27 May - Preparations for the Great Crossing

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017At 10h, we are all gathered at the Grand Harbor of Valletta. Solène l'écoguide and Anaïs, trainee for 7 weeks, leave to refuel. The other two eco-volunteers, Caroline, the dean, and Maelle, the benevolent, do not resist the temptation of a good little restaurant. In the afternoon, debriefing of Antoine, the skipper, safety and presentation of the program. Collective visit of the luxurious showers, class palace, of the captaincy, before a good night!

 

2th day - 28 May - The welcome of turtles Caouanne

2017 cymbal notebook 20After a few last formalities, we sail to 14h. Barely 2h later, we happily meet our first loggerhead turtle, then two others. We start a quarter watching. We see some Loggerheads, Mediterranean shearwaters. We see a group of dolphins too stealthy to identify them. At midnight we start the night shifts. The first hour arouses some anguish, the Avocet of Ryme neighboring with very large ships and the skipper reassures and sets sails to enjoy a little wind, he will not sleep ...

 

3th day - 29 May - Shaken like plum trees

2017 cymbal notebook 21The wind has strengthened and the waves are forming, awakening pitching and rolling! Some defections in the crew who amarine. Antoine manages the sail, before the gradual return of the crew. We watch for the whale which, unfortunately, will not point the tip of its backbone. We comfort each other with a good hot ratatouille, SURPRISE, a group of blue and white dolphins, gone hunting in these shallows, makes a detour to play with the Avocet. The full crew watch them play in the bow of the boat. Then we resume the night shifts.

 

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017

4th day - 30 May - The cousins ​​of Ecô

2017 cymbal notebook 23Night of nav 'very calm off Sicily, then suitable morning for a quarter of observation.

We come across a lot of loggerhead turtles (EcÔ's cousins) and follow with our eyes the virtuoso flight of shearwaters and a few hunting gulls. In the middle of the afternoon, we moor at the port of Crotona, Italy. We go to visit the old town and its fort, in which we almost spent the night locked! After a little mojito to recover from the excitement and baked potatoes, we enjoy our first good night in Italy.

5th day - 31 May - Small works of all kinds

2017 cymbal notebook 24After a sleepless night, a 'vertically' breakfast and a well-deserved shower, the crew tackles the small repairs and clean-ups needed before they can catch up.

Search for leaks in the Avocet's water reserves, update on the water and food reserves, verification of the annex, cleaning of the deck, ... and we will be ready to head a little further in the East, direction Greece!

 

6th day - 01 June - Departure from Crotone

2017 cymbal notebook 25A few fresh runs at the market, and we leave Crotone in the morning. Loggerhead turtles, small but also very large, always accompany us. We cross the road of a few groups of blue and white dolphins. Tonight, we sleep in the cloak (we cut the engines and lower the sails): ideal for listening. The microphone barely submerged we treat ourselves to a concert of sperm whales. A few locating clicks and a few communication codas, we are sure to have heard at least two. Resumption of night shifts. Two blue and white dolphins have a feast, formidable hunters, for two hours, then digest while playing around the boat.

7th day - 02 Jun - A whale?

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017This morning, everyone was thrown out of bed by Maëlle, Antoine and she saw a minke whale. Still in pajamas, we gunned with photos a huge tree trunk of which a big branch made the caudal ... far. As a result, an observation session is started. Nothing, only one puffin and again, during the afternoon session.

 

 

 

8th day - 03 June - Welcome to Greece!

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017After a second night of shifts, we see Greek land and choose a port offering the possibility of refueling. The choice is limited and we are heading towards Gouvia Marina, a large port with 1200 berths on the east coast of the island of Corfu. To travel in the Greek seas we must first of all declare our presence to the authorities, but we are in the middle of the weekend and Monday is a public holiday. We therefore set out to find a small cove for a relaxing afternoon. Five miles further north, Kalami Bay offers ideal conditions. In the program ; sunbathe and dive to discover the finned inhabitants of the region. The hunger is felt and we decide to inflate the annex to reach one of the small “tavernas” by the water, typical of the Greek coasts. We are a little disappointed with the lack of authenticity of the dishes in this far too touristy place. Morality; nothing beats Avocet's five-star cuisine, especially Antoine's masterful pesto!

9th day - 04 June - Stop surprise

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Large canyons More than a thousand meters deep run along the west coast of Corfu. Knowing that cetaceans love the various planktons that are concentrated in them, we decide to put the sails at dawn in order to be at the top of the canyons At the moment when the current will be conducive to the rising of the plankton.

However, a difficult startup of the engine alters this program. So we decided to go back to Gouvia Marina to make the necessary repairs and checks before we could safely re-open the water.

A great opportunity to practice once again our docking maneuver with a pendulum!

Despite this bank holiday weekend, we managed to find the mechanics and make us a very useful little address book for this port. The repairs taking a little time, we take the opportunity to make a city break and browse the alleys of the old town of Corfu and above all, find tomatoes and pine nuts for the famous 'bis' pesto for dinner!

10th day - 05 June - Extensions

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017After a good night without shifts, further repairs, some shopping, reading, relaxation and a little excursion to a nearby beach for some. We can't wait to leave, if all goes well it will be tomorrow!

 

 

11th day - 06 June - Grands Canyons

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017We are happy to leave the marina of Corfu, canyons Along the west coast.

 

 

 

 

12th day - 07 June - Meeting with a group of white and blue dolphins

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Six o'clock, sunrise off the Greek coasts, we are, as expected, prepared to begin a quarter watch along the great canyon submarine. The sea is oily, good visibility, the conditions are ideal. The results are not long in coming, here is a group of blue and white dolphins that cross our path!

Second watch shift a little later, and joy! Without a doubt, it is a couple of Ziphius that we see diving!

We arrive in Gaia late in the afternoon in a charming little anchorage to shelter the next gusts announced.

13 and 14th days - 08 and 09 June - End of holidays, arrival in Lefkas

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017The time of the end is near, and we make last this vacation air lasting until the last moments in our anchorage Gaios sheltered from gusts. Diving around the boat, cooking, relaxing and preparing for the last departure.

We will set sail at midnight in order to arrive in time to the port of Lefkada for the departures of the ecovolunteers.

 

 

 

12 Expedition to 21 June 2017 from Lefkada

12 June - Arrival on board

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017

Arrival in the morning at 10 am. Meeting with the eco-guide Margaux, the skipper Antoine and the other eco-volunteers. Margaux distributed the tasks to us: first the shopping, then lunch. Margaux then gave us the presentation of Cybelle, OBSenMER, protocols. A day full of new knowledge! In the evening we got to know EcÔ, our mascot. Then meals outside in the cockpit and first night on board.

 

13 June - The big start! Ithaca

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017

Time to finish the last races and the last administrative formalities, we left the port of Lefkada at 11am. When we left, we were able to observe pelicans! Margaux showed us how the OBSenMER application works, we are now ready to make unforgettable encounters. The sea being a little rough, the visibility did not allow an OBS watch to be made. We tried to see Mediterranean monk seals on an island where the locals told us they had seen them, but without success. Another boat moored on the island probably scared them. 

So we sailed to the anchorage at night, a very charming little cove, in which we were 3 to dive. We made small videos with the waterproof camera on which we see our observations, a large variety of fish, sea urchins and starfish.

14 June - Navigation

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017

Led to 5h in the morning, we headed for an underwater canyon hoping to see cetaceans. Still nothing. The waters are empty but the air filled with birds, like the shearwater. The sea being good, we made the topo safety with Antoine, then we were able to make our first quarter of OBS in autonomy.

To reach the anchorage we climbed a cove. We all bathed to wash (except Antoine :)) Finally, meal in the cockpit. Now we are waiting for weather forecasts to know what to do tomorrow.

 

15 June - First dolphins

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017We left around 6 am from the anchorage to start a crossing. This allowed us to meet blue and white dolphins including newborns. Another team was able to see whale breaths. We sailed all day and also at night, which allowed us to do night shifts. It was a very short night for everyone. Nevertheless we were all at the cleat to start a new day.

 

16 Jun - Birds and boats

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Early and in a good mood, the first shift of OBS began at 7am. RAS except shearwaters and rain ... We entered a road with heavy traffic (cargo, liner, etc ...) and shallow bottom. We didn't see anything except shearwaters again. We were directly at anchor in the evening, which took us all day. Beautiful place even though there were a lot of people. Swimming to end the day, followed by a good meal (the captain's pesto penne!). Tomorrow, direction Corfu, because the weather forecast announces a storm.

 

17 June - Arrival in Corfu!

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017We sailed for 2 hours to reach another anchorage not far from Corfu, as the weather forecast is very bad. Once we arrived we all got busy to clean the boat. Then some went ashore with the tender to do some shopping, all this despite the earth sickness! Margaux had the excellent idea of ​​making us pitas as a midday meal, a treat. For the afternoon, swim and relax on the boat. Margaux and Anaïs took 2 hours to talk about her internship, Cybelle, etc. Margaux took the opportunity to tell us lots of anecdote. Then the evening meal, made by Marie-Françoise, eggplant moussaka style! It seems that food, in addition to cetaceans, is one of the things we all have in common!

 

 

18 Jun- City walk

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017After an awakening to the cool, we all had breakfast on the cockpit except Antoine snoring quietly in the boat. Today we go to Corfu, after daily housekeeping.

Antoine, via the annex dropped us off at the port, then we took the bus to Corfu town. Thanks to the green guide we found a small restaurant. A feast of Greek specialties. Then walk, buy postcards, etc. We returned at the end of the afternoon. For the return via the annex, it was folkloric because it was very windy and the sea was rough, which means that we all took a shower! So back on the boat for a well-deserved aperitif. Then after the meal and the traditional evening mosquito hunt, we went to bed.

 

19 Jun - A very nice awakening

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Okay, last night, I might have snored a little too (Marine). We are still at the same anchorage, not far from the port of Gouvia in Corfu. During the preparation of breakfast, Antoine called out to us ... Bottlenose dolphins quietly came to fish in the middle of the boats. Four in all, very characteristic with their fin. Among the four, we could see a baby who was close to his mother. A magical show that delighted us all.

After breakfast, cleaning and storage on the boat. Some went ashore. Then we looked at our pictures of the dolphins. In view of the heat, we are going to bathe. At the end of the afternoon, Antoine gave us the weather update. We have the opportunity to go back to sea, leaving this evening at midnight. We therefore set up the night shifts, and prepared the meals for 2 days. Short night and got up at 6am for the first shift of OBS!

20 June - Fifth-chance quarters

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017The alarm clock stings a bit but these are the last quarter obs of the mission. We saw a sunfish, exocets, at least one jumped swordfish, colonial salps but especially dolphins! First a group of 4 with a young person, then a large group of about fifteen individuals. They let us approach them and even played bow, which allowed us to observe them well and enjoy this great spectacle. Around noon, we took the road to the anchorage. Not by engine, but by sail! Tonight we are tired but happy with this day which ended the mission as it should (with again pasta with Antoine's pesto)!  

21 Jun - All good things have an end!

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017We leave our anchorage to go to the port, where we all do the complete cleaning of the boat. We also spoke with our neighbor, also French, to whom we presented our OBSenMER application. He promised to use it, he really likes the concept! After all this was over, we went for a real, well-deserved freshwater shower! To close this mission as it should be, we went to the restaurant to have a last common meal.   

 

 

 

Expedition of 23 June to 02 July 2017 from Corfu 

23 June

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017First day, meeting at the Marina of Gouvia. It is 10:30 am, and the introductions made we all go shopping. All? No ! Still no traces of Julie who got lost in the city (perhaps to subtly dodge the chore of the supermarket?). So shopping for 2 hours (at least half of which to find the condensed milk of Antoine our captain who, it seems, turns into a wild beast if he doesn't put it in his coffee in the morning). All happy to have finally finished, we run towards the exit. Drama, in the haste we forget Anouk, cowardly abandoned in the deli department. Back to the boat followed by a tetris / business storage rewarded with a roast chicken / chips and head for the mooring! We then allow ourselves a swim before the safety briefing and that of life on board. Aperitif → sleep!

24 June

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Engine start at 5 am, direction the Adriatic Sea. Explanation of the observation method and the OBSenMER application by our eco-guide, Stéphanie. In the afternoon the observation shifts start but nothing ... except for a few shearwaters, ashy or Mediterranean?

First day without shower and First night shift. We go to the engine full north, crossing a few boats and skirting a forbidden military zone (oulala).

 

 

25 June

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017In the morning we arrive on the 1000 meter deep zone where we hope to see sperm whales. The sea is oil: First observation shift at 6 a.m. Then at the end of the morning we take a break to make a point of listening, still nothing, except the noise of a boat in the distance. We decide to bathe, to wash ourselves and to experience swimming at more than 1000m deep. After we start the 3rd quarter ... DOLPHINS !!! Blue and white dolphins come to play on the bow attracted by classical music. Everyone rushes to admire the show! Other dolphins arrive in a taut jump to participate in the entertainment. Bonito follow the boat, we put the trolling in the water to hope for a small tuna carpaccio ... In vain! Despite 3 different types of lures (including a bionic octopus) no bonito can be caught. They pass and pass again under the line as if to taunt us.

In the afternoon, we meet other dolphins attracted by the call of the aperitif launched by Christophe. We put on the cape to spend the night. The First shift begins at 22 p.m. and shortly afterwards we hear breaths very close to the boat: they are ZIPHIUS! 2 small groups pass very close to the boat to make their curious. The rest of the night goes by without worries.

26 June

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017During the first observation watch, in the early morning, a few blue and white dolphins came to greet us at the bow. There is more and more wind and the sea is agitated. We stop the observations at the end of the morning. Most of us spend the afternoon lying in the cabins, the best way to avoid seasickness. 

We arrive at the end of the afternoon at the Brindisi marina. There are no more beers, so we have to refuel! Everyone also enjoys the fresh water shower. We then go to the restaurant not far from the marina, pasta and pizzas, both for some: Molto bonissimo! Then sleep.

 

27 June

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Departure from Brindisi marina at 8 am surrounded by some cargo ships. The sea is oily, which contrasts with the swell we had had the day before. Quiet descent by motor along the Italian coast. Nothing to report in terms of observations, the animals are hiding in the water, ... At the beginning of the afternoon the wind picks up. Arrived at the tip of the Italian boot we change course towards Corfu. We hoist the sail for a speed upwind, we will spend about 24 hours leaning. We no longer count the toe / corner of furniture meetings, nor the bruises. During a maneuver, the glasses of Anaïs leave to join the seabed. The night shifts are put in place with a slightly upset organization because a freighter plays crossover from 23pm to 2am forcing Antoine and Christophe to multiply the maneuvers. The rest of the night shifts go smoothly.

28 June

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Waking up a bit hard for everyone. It's not easy to sleep between the quarters and the heeling boat. The observation shifts follow one another, but nothing. At the end of the morning, the coast of Corfu is in sight, the envisaged anchorage on the small island of Paxos will not be able to be done, because the sea is a little too rough. We set sail for Corfu and the anchorage of Gouvia. Arrived at anchor around 17 p.m. Swimming, seawater shower, Antoine takes the weather forecast, the weather does not allow going out, we will spend the next day at anchor. Meal, sleep.

 

 

29 June

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017After a good housework session, some go ashore to explore the town of Corfu Town, others stay at the boat for a day lazing (and draining the engine for Antoine). The evening Greek aperitif, Ouzo, feta, olives. Musical evening, everyone chose their favorite music (the neighbors must have been glad to see us leave the next day, the anchorage has regained its composure). Lying quite late.

Ps: During our visit to the old town, inspired by the creations of an artist living in a small street, Stéphanie found a new vocation: she will be Picasso on pebble.

30 June

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Departure from the anchorage scheduled for 5am ... Departure effective at 8am! The awakening was difficult ... Direction the south of Corfu, until reaching the island of Paxos. First observation shift not very productive: only one gull seen in 2 hours. Fortunately the rest was more interesting with a nice collection of shearwaters, three different kinds of dolphins, common, blue and white and finally bottlenose dolphins. It was then time to recover from our emotions by enjoying the transparent waters of the Paxos anchorage. The happy owners of mask and snorkel were able to see peacocks, castagnolles, sea urchins, starfish, Julie's cuttlefish and an underwater hunter with his harpoon which created some cold sweats. We end our day with delicious pesto dough, the chef's specialty.

July 1

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Last day of observation, we take off from the anchorage to 6h, beginning of the observation quarter at 6h30. During the first and second quarter we observe a new group of blue and white dolphins as well as 2 ziphius in the distance. In the direction of the Gouvia anchorage, we nearly cooked at least 40 ° in the shade, without the slightest wind to cool us. Arrived at the anchorage at 17h, we rush to the water. After a small photo shoot where Aude taught us the push backpedalage, we have fun with an empty can of beer that serves as a ball. Then aperitif dinning then dodo quite late.

July 2

Departure of the anchorage for 8h, in order to arrive at the Marina of Gouvia where we will do the complete cleaning of the boat. It must shine from floor to ceiling! Then, well-deserved shower and a good meal at the restaurant to end the mission!

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4 expedition to 13 July 2017 from Corfu

Mission from Corfu to Kalamata, July 4

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017The new group has arrived! The dream team is made up of Jeanne, Odile, Anaïs, Kin and Aurélien led by our guide Marie and the skipper Benoît. The Avocet of Ryme leaves Nausicaa's arms and veers towards Ariane. Between storage and injury with a piece of quill in the foot, we bathe in a pool filled with toddlers. After a safety briefing, Marie embarks on a presentation of the observation equipment on the deck.

 

July 5 

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017At eight in the morning we eat breakfast together. After a little splash we leave at ten o'clock. During the watch, we see many boats, shearwaters and a stealth ridge, which we did not find despite a half turn. We watched the blue sea carefully five and a half hours, to see the splendid leap of a tuna. After several hours of sailing, some have bathed to refresh themselves after a clew. Others wanted to join them but were stopped in their tracks. We turn around to rest the sick. Marie and Benoît watch the boat all night to anchor in a quiet cove of Paxos.

July 6

Departure 10 am. The sea is smooth as a mirror. A little wind, big sun, flat sea: ideal conditions for observing in the shade of the mainsail. Those on the other side, on the other hand, are hot. Observations of the day: a few shearwaters, a fishing net, a strange military building. 16 p.m .: Disaster! The iPad does as it pleases and decides to delete all the observations of the day. The shearwaters and the morning yachts were lost. We grit our teeth and start the observations again assiduously. Suddenly, a splash catches our attention. What is that ? A swordfish! He does one, then two, then three jumps so that we can observe him and he sails towards new horizons. We return to take shelter in Lefkas in one of the ten favorite spots for windsurfers in the world.

July 7

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017We wake up at dawn to go to other observations. The first shift at 6 am turns out to be pleasant because the air is cool. The objective of the day is different: it is about the seals which it seems to be found on the island of the seals. Seal Island is a cute little islet topped by a pretty white lighthouse, surrounded by jagged rocks and pierced by sea caves. We go around but no trace of the seals. We bathe, the water is beautiful and full of colorful fish. We are not the only ones enjoying the place and we soon find ourselves surrounded by five or six boats and their crew in the water. For lunch, we will anchor at Port Leone on Kalamos Island.

In the afternoon, we drive to the marina of Bathi to refuel and some races. We leave quickly to have the time to enjoy the coolness of the evening to redo the island's seals and maximize our chances of observing them. Unfortunately we remain empty-handed. We return to Port Leone for the night. The maneuvers of the anchorage are complicated.

July 8

New awakening at dawn, new tour of Seal Island, but once again no seals. We are starting to get to know all the pebbles that outcrop around the island and wonder if its reputation does not come from their resemblance to seal heads. After a quick crossing, the Avocet of Ryme anchors in Ithaca, at the charming port of Vathi, in the heart of the land of Ulysses. We take a well-deserved rest while admiring the scenery to recharge our batteries in preparation for the night navigation. We leave along the beaches of Kefalonia, one of the coastal villages launches fireworks in our honor! And we have a front row seat to admire the spectacle. By the way, a drone flies over the boat, probably also looking for cetaceans.

July 9

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017After a fairly calm night navigation where the wind is sorely lacking in Benoît, we begin a new day of observation. Today, like every day of the week, the weather is sublime, the sea is calm, ideal time for observations. The only small flaw is that the sun is beating down and it's hot. Suddenly, a bird approaches the boat. Could it still be a puffin? No ! It is a falcon, a kestrel: it flies over the Avocet, twirls, then lands on the mast. He stayed there for about twenty minutes, time to rest and have a picture taken, then left us to set off on new adventures. We continue our journey to the island of Zakynthos. When we arrive, we are impressed by the cliffs of the island, pierced with caves and decorated with arches. Benoît tells us that the island is a marine reserve known for its population of loggerhead turtles: they become our major objective for the day. Ecô wriggles with impatience at the idea of ​​finally finding his fellows. We anchor at the port: Odile reads us, in Benoît's guide, the description of the place. Apparently this one would be filled with YACKS (Odile cannot read the word "yacht"). After showing our protruding muscles when inflating the dinghy, we decide to comfort ourselves with a little walk in town. After a few cold sweats during transport, we arrive at the village. Aurélien and Kin then start looking for information on the turtles, but despite their incredible speed worthy of Usain Bolt, they come back empty-handed. However, the girls manage to learn from a local landlord that turtles sometimes come to the harbor. We end with a small restaurant not stung by cockchairs (Taverna Nicolas).

July 10

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017We start the observations at 6 am to hope to see turtles before the tourists wake up. For this, we embark on board the annex, fully inflated by Benoît, to skirt the cliffs of the protected area (prohibited at anchor). Nevertheless, the turtles, which we thought we were observing, turned out to be mere buoys. Disappointed, we returned to the boat. Marie and Jeanne decide to swim to the coast to learn about the park's fauna (considered by Kin as a “parcounnet”), when suddenly Jeanne finds herself face to face with a majestic turtle straight out of the depths. Marie unsheathes her camera and immortalizes the moment. They return to the boat and share their adventures with the others, green with jealousy. We all decided to dive in the hope of seeing her again, combing the anchorage area, but without success: the only one being to have picked up a plastic bag. Confused, we appealed to the locals to find out about the turtle spots. We took a boat to observe these remarkable animals, followed the coast and a little further, on a very touristy beach, a head came out of the water: it's a TURTLE !!! A good meter long, a very green shell, the imposing loggerhead turtle looks at us, imperturbable despite the other tourist boat that throws a slice of watermelon at it. Marie and Jeanne go to the dive center to collect more information. They learn that monk seals live in caves near "Keri Caves" and leave with the number of the local researcher (but without having the precise location). We continue our momentum and explore the caves in the annex, led by Kin. We approach the high cliffs, disturb a few bats, pass under a beautiful arch but cut our visit short because night falls. Night sailing towards the sea towards the islands of Megalo Stofadi.

July 11

Benoît brought us between these islands where we anchored at 4am. On the program: swimming, tour of the island in the annex. These islands are much wilder than the previous anchorage, but there is not a single cliff or cave where seals could find shelter. Jeanne and Odile, professional swimmers, crisscross the area in search of turtles. There are pretty colorful fish, spirographs as well as quite special stone rings. Kin and Aurélien have embarked on a mission to clean up the oceans. They find a piece of paper towel next to the Belgian boat with a dog on it. His owner, annoyed by his incessant barking, decides to throw him into the water. So we find ourselves swimming with a dog. Kin and Aurélien then decide to dive to retrieve the piece of paper towel, but only Aurélien manages to touch it. The mission is a failure. A little later, we were flown over by two threatening air fighters. After the airliners, helicopters, Zakynthos canadairs and the drone, we have completed our collection of flying devices. Definitely, we are well watched! The Avocet of Ryme sets sail in the afternoon, heading for the coast and the final destination: Kalamata (snif snif snif). We arrive around 23pm in Methoni in the Peloponnese, our first stopover on the continent.

July 12

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Odile reads the description of the place to us on Benoît's guide. There are two RE-MAR-QUABLES constructions: the tower, unforgettable, and the castle, remarkable. So we leave for a visit to the castle, decidedly remarkable. These are thick ramparts which dominate the sea and the interior is very nicely flowered with purple and yellow flowers. After a good tabbouleh we leave for Kalamata. For this last day of observation, we hoped to finally see dolphins. A few tuna hunts gave us glimmers of hope, but no fins appeared in front of our eyes. We finally anchor near Kalamata and enjoy a last meal together on the boat.

 

Shipping from 26 July to 4 August 2017 from Kalamata   

July 26, 2017 - Arrival in Kalamata

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Arrival in Kalamata, discovery of the Avocet of Ryme ship and the crew (the Friends !!!) with whom we will spend 10 days of observations and navigation. A change of program planned before our arrival on board will allow us to cross the Ionian Sea to Sicily. After a first safety briefing by the skipper Benoît around some frozen treats, everyone gets their hands dirty to prepare a hearty salad ... and our first aperitif with friends. The sun has barely set, our first night begins on the sailboat at the port of Kalamata, meaning the first baptism of the sea for some.

27 July 2017 - Released, issued ...

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017We took advantage of the morning to refuel the sailboat for a deep sea navigation of more than three days. At the beginning of the afternoon, the engine was started for the port maneuvers, and very quickly we went to sail. We leave the reliefs of Kalamata behind us, the formed sea hurts the stomachs still little amarinated. The ordeal of the few patients ends at the anchorage of Koroni. The bravest jumped into the water to enjoy a beautiful view, the pleasure of swimming and a bit of freshness. The night promises to be restorative for the little outfit, especially after our first Greek adventure.

 

 

28 July - At Sea

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017The objective of the day is to go up the coast of the Peloponnese as far north as possible to prepare the crossing to Sicily. The sea is too rough for observations. We are running simulations to prepare for our next shifts. We stop at Methoni because the sea remains too rough to continue our navigation. We anchor in a magical site in front of fortifications and a beautiful "Turkish" tower. It was the occasion for a swim and a check of the submerged part of the Avocet of Ryme. The last briefs and topo will fill the end of the afternoon until the meal, followed… by the aperitif as it should be and an unforgettable sunset. The dragonfly who accompanied us during the crossing left us on this shore, happy to find a new land.

July 29, 2017 - En route moussaillon !!

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 20175:00 am, I have chills, I chatter my teeth, and I turn up the volume ... everyone does what they want ??? The weather does not wait, heading for Sicily. The start of the crossing remains hectic, forcing some to travel lying down. A badly closed porthole brought life to life: the waves of water largely wet the beds, occupants, cameras, clothes ... When sailing, the sailboat heels and complicates daily tasks. Evening meal, setting up of night shifts where some will have the chance to see a first dolphin near the boat. This starry night will have offered us all an exceptional spectacle throughout our vigil. What a vault of heaven !!!

 

 

30 July 2017 - Adventure is adventure ....

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 20177:30 am, it's time to wake up the ecovolunteers because the sea is finally conducive to observations. After a first quarter, poor harvest: a few jellyfish, a gray shearwater and a few jumps of flying fish. Finally, the first animation of the day, the coast guard boat observes us from afar, and after a few minutes send us two “exocets” to surround our sailboat and thus proceed to verify our identity. Military teams armed to the teeth, this encourages each of us to remain wisely in our place. Some unexpected photos will mark this adventure ... The rest of the observations were rather "thin" and ... oh yes! Our first Carette turtles ... the magical moment of the day was undoubtedly the collective swimming, in the middle of this immensity and at 3510 meters deep. The sea of ​​oil let the sun's rays penetrate the blue, a poetic painting and an ode to the sea ...

31 July 2017 - Last day of July

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017This last day of July in the middle of the Ionian Sea began with a difficult survey for the first quarter of observations ... All our eyes are lost in this vastness surrounded by a circle of horizon without any other human activity. The sea is deserted this morning. 2h00 without any animal ... At the end of the morning, hurray the turtles are revealed. A total of twenty loggerheads passed us and we scrutinized them until the beginning of the afternoon. After leaving them, we lived long, monotonous hours under the blazing sun. Earth, Earth ... the coasts of Sicily loom on the horizon. While our hopes of meeting even the smallest cetacean are dwindling today, a cry pierces our silence "DOLPHINS" !!!! A group of about twenty common dolphins greet our arrival in Sicilian land. During the day, we change the Greek flag and hoist the Italian flag (not without happiness)! The first Sicilian anchorage “north of the balata” near the ponds where our last rum reserves will brighten up everyone's feelings after this 600 km crossing (or 320 nautical miles). A shy dive because of the rhizostome jellyfish and a sunset will end the day, embellished with a show of ten birds in flight (ducks, egrets, and pretty squadron formation ...). A soft starry night without a quarter awaits us and a half moon illuminates our dreams.

August 1, 2017 - Hello August !!

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Almost everyone on deck, early in the morning to admire the sun. The first quarter of obs. is ready at 6:45 am. After a good hour of observation we cross again the path of our common dolphin friends of the day before. The day starts well and so as not to disturb them we continue our journey. A few minutes later, we meet 3 blue and white dolphins. Arrived in the canyon area at 2700 meters, the oceanologist Céline puts the hydrophone in the water ... nothing, no click. So no sperm whale to hope for today. At the end of the listening, we again meet a group of white and blue dolphins who come to play on the bow. Immense joy from the whole team for this new meeting. Our arrival on land was rocked by the song of Henri Salvadore: I will go see Syracuse again ....

 

2 August 2017 - Syracuse ...

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Day off for all (off skipper) in a mythical place. Ortygia tour, sumptuous island tour, where we stroll along the streets and where we savor some local sweets, do shopping, restaurant, temple of Appolo, etc ... We think our skipper , Which under a heat of lead proceeds to the emptying of the engine and to some checks .... We meet all the evening for a cocktail aperitif at the anchorage facing Syracuse ....

 

3 August 2017 - Heading towards Catania

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017In the early morning, we leave Syracuse under a magnificent sunrise: heading towards Catania. A crossing that will be done in the hope of seeing a breath ... All on the lookout we desperately watch the horizon to see this long awaited breath. The day goes by and only a few dolphins will stealthily cross our path. We arrive at the end of the afternoon in this immense port of Catania. Our last evening on board was spent in good humor and in the sadness of a mission already completed. The whole night was lulled by the musical and friendly Sicilian festivities that took place a few meters from our dock. Party and good humor on board are essential !!

 

 

4 August 2017 - Narewayé, baléyé, astiké ....

2017 cymbal notebook 87The machine zouk starts .... Ohé of the boat, it's time to put the boat back in its best light. The crew always well organized runs with good humor, efficiency and laughter ... it's perfect. Quality control is passed and approved.

We share a last meal at the Trattoria "La Canonica" (excellent place) .... we separate to meet better at the airport a few days later ... luck sometimes does things well.

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Shipping from 07 to 21 August 2017 from Catania  

Day 1

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Gradual arrival at the port of Catania. The crew is complete: there is Benoît the skipper, Juliette the eco-guide, and four eco-volunteers, Alexa, Fred, Philippe and Sylvie. Lunch on the legendary Avocet of Ryme, the sailboat that will take us, we all hope, to meet many magical cetaceans. Once the races (finally) delivered, we leave the port. It was not planned but the first observations are starting ... We could not have dreamed of better to start this mission: Stenella, maybe Risso's dolphins ... We anchor in front of Taormina. Come on, have a meal: Juliette prepares artisanal canelloni (with the handle of a fork) with fresh spinach and mozzarella.

Day 2

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Wake up around 9 a.m. (6 a.m. according to Juliet), facing Taormina, which was prettier at night than by day. The topos, which had not taken place the day before, were performed by our shocking duo Benoît our captain and Juliette our “hostess” and guide. The departure at the end of the morning for Scilla, whose road was not rich in observations (a few exocets and a single dolphin ... and white butterflies, which do not appear, unfortunately, in the observation protocol. Juliette assures us that next year the butterflies will integrate the order of cetaceans Anchorage in the port of Scilla, a sweet and savory dinner facing the fishermen's houses and a scorching night in the steam of the oven.

Day 3

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Direction the Aeolian Islands after breakfast and ritual swimming. Our captain takes us proudly and we can already see ourselves having many beautiful and numerous encounters ... It's a flop: we still saw two turtles, a few exocets, poached egg jellyfish, calves, mirrors ... customer request. And we change our minds in the evening with swimming and maps. We stop at Vulcano, famous in particular for its mud baths, but by dint of tourist frequentation, it would rather be a question of scraping the bottom of the basin to try to collect a few small pebbles! However, the site remains very pleasant.

Day 4

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Quiet day for marine observations. And yet, we are on the bridge to observe ... the Aeolians and all the tourist boats. We specialize in observing the most common pelagic here: the fried egg jellyfish "cotylorhiza tuberculata".

 

 

Day 5

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Today, get up around 5:30 am and head immediately towards the shallows (> 1000m). Unfortunately, we do not meet the soul of a cetacean and the weather forces us to shorten our observations. Juliette begins to despair while looking at the publications of the expedition which takes place at the same time as us in the very rich Pelagos sanctuary… We try to reassure her but she hesitates to retrain in the follow-up of boats - much simpler and rich in observations ... Lunch around Lipari. The wind picks up, we look for an anchor, after a little fear of a lax windlass and near a cargo ship, we opt for the most expensive port that we know. In fact, the only one available ... Tonight is fiesta. Aperitif, cocktail, pizza with Sicilian wine and granita! Long live the president !!!

Day 6

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017The weather is not with us. Strong wind and strong swell in the northern sector. Follow-up of granita in perspective ... Large sequence of cleaning the bottom of the boat: perhaps our hygiene plays a role in the presence of cetaceans around the Avocet ??? Shower, laundry, brushing with the excellent clay toothpaste ... the latter has been emulated a lot, the clay toothpaste departments of our dear supermarkets risk being quickly out of stock at our back !!! Free afternoon: nap, swimming, ascent of Vulcano for the bravest. We take advantage of being on land to eat at the restaurant and enjoy one last ice cream ... (It's not that the kitchen team is not popular!).

Day 7

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Let's go !!! Farewell Vulcano ... A crossing upwind ... and as close as possible to the waves, to the calm of the black beaches of the fascinating and always threatening Stromboli. The most vigorous of the crew will swim to the ashy beach and will have discovered the charming and calm little village at the foot of the smoking volcano. Meal punctuated by the music of the beach bar (we believe it), bed early to ensure a long crossing to the islands of Naples.

 

Day 8

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Let's go !!! Goodbye stromboli (this formula reminds me of something). Indeed, our crossing is going quietly. Radio cachalot does not provide much for us. Today, we are going to test the night shifts, we are carefully following the instructions of the skipper Benoît. Our night made of sweet dreams of cetaceans, will be interrupted every 4 hours ... This is the opportunity for us to see shooting stars, fireworks from the Italian coast, a wonderful moonrise, but also to cross boats and therefore to wake up Benoît each time ... It is at night that the real personalities are expressed and Juliette thinks she hears a lot of suspicious noises ...

Day 9

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017The last shift from 6 to 8 am allows us to see several tuna hunts, it gives balm to the heart! So we arrive in the Bay of Naples, dominated by Vesuvius. Observations under sail towards the very pretty island of Procida, where we spend the night.

 

 

Day 10

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017We go offshore following a canyon that brings us straight back to Stromboli. On the way we hear dolphins on the hydrophone and end up seeing them! Fréderic advises us to give up because the device obviously does not pick up radio nostalgia ... We take advantage of this fleeting moment but which re-motivates us, before resuming a night navigation.

 

 

Day 11

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017We arrive in Cefalu, a charming typical town with its narrow streets whose windows are overflowing with clean linen (unlike Avocet ...). Meet on the steps of the cathedral square (listed by UNESCO) to eat pasta with sardines!

 

 

Day 12

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017During the afternoon, we have the joyful surprise of making a part of the way with ten very demonstrative blue and white dolphins at the bow. The opportunity for Alexa to fall back into childhood by jumping on the bridge as the emotion is strong. Fred loses his means in front of the multiple boxes that OBSenMER asks him to fill for this first follow-up of the stay. Indeed the ecoguide abandons him cowardly to take pictures :( Benoit describes large circles with the Avocet to prolong the pleasure of this observation ...

 

Day to 13 15

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017We find the Aeolian Islands to anchor in front of an island that we had not yet seen: Alicudi, inhabited by a hundred inhabitants and a rooster in madness ... but nevertheless very wild and relaxing. Alexa is thinking of buying a shed there. We make a ship's box to unload it as quickly as possible for installation. But he will have to come back later, because we have not succeeded in reaching the sufficient sum, and the Iliens did not accept the proposed food barter, namely the 10 boxes of red beans left by the previous crew ... we will have to resolve to leave the island below the waterline with our canned food. And especially to keep Alexa… We disembark at Milazzo, a stopover which marks the end of this beautiful cruise rich in emotions.

Shipping from 24 August to 01 September 2017 from Milazzo  

23 August 2017 - Wild encounter 

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017First day, first meeting! Yes, we are not idle on the Avocet of Ryme! The observations have not started but Mother Nature is generous. Thus at anchor, during the first swim, apart from a few species of small fish, a wild and stinging encounter took place. Species listed in the list of observations, Damoiselle Pélagie, surreptitiously, while Daniel was swimming around the boat, touched it, then invited to approach her, close to it. But the effect was a repulsion and a sharp pain in the arm which earned him the attentions of the crew and the skipper (Thank you Benoît!) Who coated him with a smooth cream. If Dame Pélagie wanted to bite it, it was finally Maître Benoît who caressed it. Morality, the most stung of the three is not the one we think ...

24 August 2017 - Insolation in Capo Orlando  

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Second day, first day of observations and transit from Milazzo to Cape of Orlando. An American-style (wild) outfit which ended at anchor. Baths, evening observations, sunset, late and long aperitif ... and for good reason: the Big Mac & Hamburgers menu demanded by the intractable Admiral Guru (Khan) warmly replaced vegetables. and cook until pasta is of a tian (which as everyone knows is better than two you will have) wanted by the modest Daniel. The latter used, in the high temperature of the evening, all the elements at his disposal to "heat the evening": cooking in a pan for the onions, toaster to grill them, oven for the hamburgers, cooking in water for the onions. potatoes. Two hours later, helped by Celia, the burgers emerged from the kitchen that had become a Luciferian hell. The night which followed gave birth to a desiccated cook, subscribed to water bottles (4 liters in one morning!) In order to recover a courage essential for the next adventures. A baked ecovolunteer remains ecovolunteer, who would have believed it?

25 August 2017 - Nothing of Egg 

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Third day, second day of observations, heading for Cefalu. Sweet awakening at 8 am for the first shift of observations, fried eggs for the others. After a few tuna hunts, the kitchen team shells the eggs, and sets the tuna aside. It does not take less for the Guru (Khan) to cast the fishing line. The opportunity is perfect for Jane Doe to get rid of the broken egg (rotten ...?) Which was biding its time at the top of the fridge. Alas, the result is final: tuna: 1, Experts Milazzo: 0. The afternoon observations resume. Nothing new on the horizon, not even the morning fried egg jellyfish. Definitely, in the west, nothing new: they are the Mysteries of the West.

 

 

26 August 2017 - Bottlenose dolphins 

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Departure from Cefalu at dawn. Rising sun, beautiful sea, shearwaters after breakfast ... but above all Dolphins on the hunt, arriving from the front. The crew is on the deck, the photos and videos on the bow immortalize this moment everyone awaits. Great reward for this festival of dolphins, gathered in sub-groups. And no one when they disappeared said: “That's enough! ". We can't wait for a next meeting ... Arrival at the port of San Vito in order to be able to fill up with groceries and diesel for the big crossing. After good showers with clear water at the port (despite the stuntman earth sickness), a short night visit of the city.

27 August 2017 - The Great Crossing 

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Departure from San Vito at 13 p.m. for the open sea with a fairly mild sea that allows us to make 8 knots under sail. But despite our assiduous glances towards the horizon, no cetacean comes to say hello ... Regarding taste pleasure, the tour was concluded with a tian of various vegetables and cheese because in the end, one tian is better than two you will have! Who says night at sea, says night shift, which was lit by a magnificent starry sky. We felt like we were flying. Captain's logbook, stellar date 2.7.0.8: the second pair is the big winner of the competition for the greatest number of shooting stars observed.

28 August 2017 - It gites, and it is agitated 

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Long navigation. At dawn in the last quarter, two turtles pass to port. Too bad for those who sleep ... Group of dolphins also close to the horizon who will not visit us. We continue the road until the evening with a good wind, lodging the boat to land in a sheltered cove, Cala Piera, which will prove to be a haven of peace. A birra had to be opened: Birra which rolls does not collect moss! Don't throw the hell out of us!

 

August 29, 2017 - "Jiminy Criquette"

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Waking up under the sun, morning bath-shower at Cala Pira, which makes us meet two stingrays and a parasitic sole. Strong wind at the exit not allowing observations, return to another cove: Cala Piratzo. Exit at the end of the afternoon for all the observations.

 

 

 

 

30 August 2017 - Life sometimes done Plouf 

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Raised at dawn for the most motivated of the troupe, motor in the ears for some, last sighs for others. After some cargo ships and plastic bottles drifting, demotivation takes hold. But the musical repertoire is still growing, the voices are now singing in unison. The (delicious) chopped parmentier at the pomodora is enough to motivate the crew for the afternoon. Well-deserved arrival at the anchorage of a pretty creek in the hills chique inhabited. Aperitivo time ...

 

August 31, 2017 - Good luck! 

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Morning observation of the last hope, we thank the little fried egg jellyfish for its participation. After a short morning swimming and snorkeling in a reserve, arrival at the gray water port of Cagliari: no showers and no toilets on land! After a good meal at the restaurant, the crew goes to bed sated in anticipation of the big cleaning ...

 

 

04 Expedition to 13 September 2017 from Cagliari  

Monday September 04

2017 carnetdebord Cybelle planete 137Reception at 10 am of all eco-volunteers (Laetitia, Anaïs, Julien, Alain) by Amandine our eco-guide and Antoine our Skipper, at the port of Cagliari.
Departure to the races with Amandine, Laetitia, Anaïs and Julien while Alain and Antoine change the bilge pumps. First meal on board the very nice Avocet of Ryme.
General opinion about the city of Cagliari: No Comment '. After research it proved difficult to find engine oil, gas and mint!
Reception of the races and shower of the crew at the port. Dinner with everyone on board with lasagna made with love by Julien ;-) before the captain's brief on topo safety: discovery of our brassieres who will follow us for the whole stay.
Midnight: all equipped with our braces we take off under a moon almost full for the destination of Ponza. Night shifts with a duration of 3h were distributed to the binomials.

 

Tuesday, September 05

2017 carnetdebord Cybelle planete 138Anaïs and Alain take the first quarter backed by Captain Antoine. A 3h, change of quarter with Amandine and Julien always assisted by Antoine. A 6h Laetitia and Antoine take over until 9h with Julien. Topo observation at 9h done by Amandine, we all hate to start!
First breakfast taken on board after a short night "cradled" by the sound of the engine.
First quarter of observation between girls, despite all our good will the cetaceans are not at the rendezvous, only a few exocets appear as well as waste.
A table for the first meal taken at sea accompanied by turtles caouanes (4 in all) who came to eat with us.
Second observation of Amandine with Alain and Julien: very calm sea and not at all agitated. It is towards the end of the quarter that the dolphins arrived under the sunset on one side and the rise of the moon on the other: a magical moment! Before nightfall, we all washed in warm water and clear from deep blue to deep 2800m. Establishment of a second night with watchdogs during the meal. Under a full moon and starry night, the quarters were chained. At midnight, five dolphins illuminated by the reflection of the moon were the happiness of Antoine and Laetitia.

Wednesday, September 06

2017 carnetdebord Cybelle 139Quiet night stands always accompanied by full moon and stars.
7h30: first watch on a sea of ​​oil but only a turtle and 6 fast birds have appeared.
9h30: college breakfast followed by a small nap for the most tired.
The sky is gradually filling with clouds as our final destination is in sight: the island of Ponza. The day continued with another observation in the afternoon but no cetaceans or turtles.
We arrived at the end of the afternoon on the island of Ponza, anchorage for the night. Small bath for the whole team: palm snorkel for some, nice fish, mother-of-pearl and lots of rubbish. Meals then to 23h all to the dodo.

Thursday September 07

2017 carnetdebord Cybelle 1407h: the sky is clogged: it is raining.
8h: We leave for the Italian coast. A quarter of observation becomes more and more hectic: there is no wind but waves of 80 cm, it is already moving. In the late morning, a minke whale is finally observed by Antoine with the presence of Laetitia. We arrive at the port of Nettuno. Towards the end of the afternoon, full of diesel, cleaning the boat and shower in port for all. It does good even if on the ground it is a little strange: it pitch. In the evening: party meal: DES FRITES! The captain has studied the weather and this is not going to be arranged. It is necessary to join Porto Vecchio as soon as possible otherwise it will do very badly. Departure tomorrow at 4h.

Friday, September 08

2017 carnetdebord Cybelle 141Depart to 4h15 with a sea of ​​1 swell meter that cradles the crew. We follow Nettuno for almost an hour and then head towards Porto Vecchio. We have towards 17h a sighting of furtive dolphins. We go to the table and start the night shifts.
During the night, we cross a ghost sailboat without light: the Dutch flying! Despite the trumpeting and the torch, no one moves on board. Antoine passes his waistcoat (disturbing) and the sea is dismantled.
We arrive at Porto Vecchio at 8h on the bay and we all benefit from this moment of calm.

Saturday, September 09

2017 carnetdebord Cybelle 142A day at anchor, rest, meals and good pancakes made with love by Mother Laetitia followed by our eco-guide Amandine who prepared her famous guacamole.
19h30: hour of the aperitif in music and evening quizz: the «bolites» against the «Corsican puffins». The puffins won 27 at 22 points. A good night's sleep in perspective.

 

Sunday, September 10

2017 carnetdebord Cybelle 143Breakfast pancakes with Nutella banana bread for our eco-friendly. The wind rises, we change the mooring and we approach the port. 11h: Julien and Alain cook two cakes: olives, feta and mushrooms.
Noon: time of the aperitif. A good bath of Laetitia and Alain refreshing and sporting (scissors and abs are of the part). Evening aperitif with rest of cake, charcuterie ... Pasta courgettes tomatoes and garlic cooked by Antoine are our meal. Everyone has eaten well and is ready for the revenge of the quiz. Conclusion: there are still things to review (jellyfish and boats are not sufficient answers).

Monday September 11

2017 carnetdebord Cybelle 144Escapade in annex for Porto Vecchio to 8h: the expedition !!! A 10h return on the boat and preparation of quiche peppers, onions, tomatoes prepared by our ecoguide Amangdine: Miam !! Waiting for a lull to be docked at the port. After slippage, more or less controlled, we left for the port.
Preparation of the inventory for the next session as well as cleaning. Here we are at the port of Porto-Vecchio and on land. Small walk in the heights of the city and shopping for some and tasting of rum for others. Preparation of the wraps for the evening and first meal inside the boat, Super surprise with a birthday dessert for Anaïs in music and choreography endiablée: super evening.

Tuesday, September 12

2017 carnetdebord Cybelle 145Expedition to Bonifacio for the whole team in Kangoo. This changes the boat! Discovery of the magnificent city: its port, its cliffs and its historic center for the morning. Meal in a Corsican specialty restaurant, a treat! Long digestive hike on stony paths by the seaside to Fazzio beach recommended by our captain. This is the Glénan base (sailing school). Arrival in this relaxing and beautiful paradise! Julien bathes while others explore the surroundings. Once the fine team has rested, return to the car for Porto-Vecchio. Laetitia prepares her things for her imminent departure. We accompany him to the ferry: first goodbyes ... Express and tired meal in the boat. After writing the logbook, everyone will go to bed to rest in preparation for the last day of this great Mediterranean tour.

 

15 expedition to 24 September 2017 from Porto Vecchio 

Friday, September 15

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 20173 was there when 8 and 9 arrived. The meeting was at 10 am at the port of Porto Vecchio. At 15 p.m., 4, 5, 6, and 7 showed up. 1 and 2 were on site. At 11 and 13 minutes, 2 took us to the casino. Three caddies later, the Avocet of Ryme was loaded! First recommendation: 3 tips per squirt!

 

 

Saturday 16 September 2017 (Poem)

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017

Today, full of data

Showed us how everything worked;

Our desire to go and survey cetaceans

Is growing every day;

Looking far ahead,

We are constantly watching the behavior of the wind;

The weather leaves us no niche,

Nailing the sailboat in the bay of Porto Vecchio;

With Cybele Planet,

Nothing is planned as in his head;

But the group is united,

And we know there is more to do;

So let's live from day to day,

And we will bring back memories forever ...

Sunday, September 17

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Given the unfavorable conditions of the day, our excellent Captain Antoine allowed us to use the tender to go to the port. Small excursion to the market, the Casino and the shower in Porto Vecchio. 7 minutes of happiness for the modest sum of 2 euros: what a pleasure !!! Return without incident and now at 22 p.m., we are preparing to set sail. A first.

 

 

Monday September 18

2017 cymbal notebook 149We leave Porto Vecchio towards Elba Island: departure at midnight with organized 2 hour shifts. We were all exhausted. But the dolphins woke our attention in the middle of the course. The first contact made this moment majestic. We look forward to the next meetings. In the meantime, the island of Elba offers us its evening storm.

 

 

Tuesday, September 19

2017 cymbal notebook 150A coffee, a banana and all for swimming! A real treat. 400m swimming and we were hungry. Visit the alleys in the freezing cold, then a good Italian coffee did us good. The annex has joined us. On board the Captain to save us from the cold thanks to our brought back sweaters. N ° 9 refused for the first time to put his hand in his pocket, which created a debt of n ° 8 towards n ° 7, which generated a common debt towards n ° 7. Being a beneficiary, he spends these rounds of planning. What a great deal!

 

 

 

Wednesday September 20 (Poem)

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017No doubt about the suspicions of the day before

In view of the Captain's morning awakening

The day is scarcely rising,

Already the eco-volunteers are watching.

Looking ahead,

They cherish the hope of seeing one of these great.

These large cetaceans,

Every minute so much hoped for.

Then suddenly, not far away

There are beautiful magnificent dolphins,

Accompanied by their babies.

It remains for us to contemplate them.

These beautiful animals

We offer what is most beautiful.

As a song of music,

They send us fantastic images.

We return a little later near the land

Thinking again of what they have just done.

Good night dear cetaceans

Tomorrow in the wake of our sailboat.

Thursday 21 September (Poem)

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Today, the sailboat starts very early

Sail in the most beautiful hollows of this water.

What a beauty in the distance this line of horizon

But for now no one has seen a fish.

When suddenly a turtle and a dolphin

A drop of hope in this endless surveillance

The whole team is mobilizing with determination

In what we call this mission

Monitor the presence of cetaceans

Every minute, every moment of the day

Our hope is nourished by the love we share for our friends

These sacred animals that offer each meeting a true paradise

The tearful eyes of not having seen them

We returned to Ile Rousse a little disappointed

But hopeful to hope to see them tomorrow.

Friday, September 22

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017A ----------------------> B

Nothing in sight, so a little disappointed.

 

 

Saturday, September 23

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017A tired ending in the middle of a last great meal aboard the Avocet of Ryme, followed by a whispered cetacean quiz.

 

 

 

 

Signed 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, and 9

 

Shipping from 26 September to 05 October 2017 from Calvi  

Tuesday 26 September 2017 - Gilles

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017

This morning, very dark sky. The weather is in the rain. At 10h, appointment of the crew to the port of Calvi. Some are already at the Super U of the corner, for shopping. So we find ourselves successively there to help the former. 4 caddys super filled, fortunately the delivery man brings us near the boat. 

At noon, no more cloud, big sun with wind. Everyone is there, we will make the presentations while having a drink. Evelyne, Sandra, Françoise, and Céline the eco-guide, for girls. Gilles, Claude, Arnaud, Gérard and Antoine the skipper, for the boys. Then it's time for a quiet rest, a coffee; then security meeting by the Captain: we are studying all cases, it's serious.

Before, we had taken the time to take possession of our cabins, we will have to get used to a cramped space. Moment of discussion, then rest of the evening with Corsican songs from the neighboring bar, more sleep. Tomorrow morning, we're heading out to sea ...

Wednesday 27 September 2017 - Evelyne

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017

Departure this morning around 8 am towards the continent. After Celine's briefing on cetaceans and other sea creatures, a blue and white dolphin came to say hello. This moment gave us the opportunity to put into practice what we have just learned, namely collecting information.

A good lunch at noon put all stomachs back on course for the rest of the day. After a few hours of observations, we see a fin whale! He stays with us for a few minutes, then has gone to probe. Arnaud had the time to take a picture of it: beautiful shots in perspective! We also saw a few tunas hunting and jumping! In short, a superb first day that sets the bar high for the days to follow ,,,

Night of Wednesday and Thursday 28 September 2017 - Françoise

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017

After the succulent dinner (small salty revisited Antoine style), we continue the crossing: the night shifts were set up by pairs. Watch and recovery mandatory to ensure crew safety. The weather conditions allow us to sail a good part of the night, then it is with the engine that we approach the Var coast. Around 8 a.m., Céline sees Stenella and a sunfish, but the majority of the crew are still in Morpheus' arms, few of us will see them. After breakfast, taken as you wake up, the observation quarters are set up.

It will be dolphin day! Stenella festival throughout the observations, even if Céline and Françoise see breaths in the distance. But false hopes, the whales will not come to us. So, it was with joy that several groups of Stenella were seen, adults, young people, some coming to the bow. We count on Arnaud for the photos taken with great gear! Off the Grand Rhône Canyon, we got down to preparing the meal: zucchini tart and mixed salad made by Céline, Arnaud and Claude. Then the fateful announcement fell like a cleaver: the water cows are almost dry!

Patatras, stupor and tremors,… Leaks on board? Mystery and gumdrop. It was on this news that we enjoyed the sunset and the fish hunts around the boat.

EcÔ was immortalized for the last time in a situation on the boat, with a setting sun of the most beautiful effect, then, who knows how… She found herself overboard… Goodbye EcÔ!

What a day !!! Come on, let's get ready for the night shifts ...

Friday, September 29, 2017 -CLAUDE and GERARD

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017

After the premature disappearance of Ecô 1, we spent a night at the cape, serene until the appearance of an oil tanker that was rushing at us and seeing the determination of the crew, is diverted at the last moment into the rail leading to Fos. From daybreak, we set off in the wake of 2 dolphins. Then a whale festival began, blows on all sides, powerful and sonorous. At noon again of the Stenella, then again of the fin whales. Just before Bandol we also met a big Turtle Caouanne.

We are currently at anchor, and we count: 1 + 2 + 2 = 5 fin whales were observed during the day, ...

Saturday 30 September 2017 - Arnaud

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017

Anchorage in Bandol, we fill the bottles with water which “leaked”. A few shopping at the market, and we left for Hyères, without Françoise, who went to the emergency room, to diagnose her eye problem. But for Cybelle we know that 1 finger 1 eye is enough ... We will find her in the evening at the port of Hyères. The next day when the day begins, the conditions are optimal for the observation = sea of ​​oil. We sailed towards the canyon, the mist surrounds us but the visibility remains good. We spot dolphins in the distance. Big ones ? Globicéphales ??? ...

We only find Stenella who come to play bow, several dozen are in transit. Perfect weather. Everyone on the deck, on the lookout for possible Sperm whales and especially Globicéphales. We also crossed rafts of Gray Shearwater and Yelkouans. Groups of 20 to 30. We tell ourselves that… it's a good sign! The wind picks up a little, the sea remains favorable, but we have already arrived at Cap Sicié without having observed other marine mammals. Favorable conditions are necessary but not sufficient ... Another 4 days of discovery!

Sunday 1er October 2017 - Sandra

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017

Once upon a time there were 8 ecovolunteers accompanied by a skipper named Antoine, on a registered sailboat where ?? But where and therefore gold or because !? There, we are making good progress !!! Good next ... So I said, that we left the anchorage of Hyères early in the direction of Porquerolles. The weather conditions are not favorable for the observation of cetaceans. After a delicious lunch, we left for a hike, direction “Oustaou de Diou”, the house of God; swimming out of sight. In short, a lazy day, cocooning to recover from all our past and future observations ...

Monday 2 October 2017 - Evelyne

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017

Today, we were able to go back to sea to make observations; but unfortunately without Françoise, returned to Toulon to check her eye. A calm and gray morning with 3 Stenella conducive to songwriting:

“This sperm whale is hiding in the water; every day, every day. This sperm whale is hiding in the water and it's bad ... The Globi ...... it's wrong !! ". Or then: “The Globi is for noon, the sperm whale for an aperitif, the Rissos are coming soon !! ". In short, that "happiness" for the ears !!!! At the lunch break, a whale briefly appeared. The afternoon passed just as calmly with other Stenellas. Then, return to Porquerolles where we pick up Françoise and spend the night at the port. Tomorrow we will surely spend the day here ...

Tuesday 3 October 2017 - Gilles

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017

After a night in Porquerolles due to the wind, we wake up gently and breakfast is getting ready ... Quickly, we stop at the bakery for fresh bread, oh yeah !!!

As the weather is quite good, we decide to go to the silver beach where we find the film crew who have already made their own the day before in the village and others ... Twenty times we will hear: "give me back my briefcase ... ”with bastoning as a bonus. The sun makes its appearance and we take the opportunity to bathe. Well, not all of them: Evelyne stays dry on the sand, the water not being at the regulatory 26 ° !! Then after the solar drying, return to the boat for the preparation of the meal; but Antoine beat us all, with pasta with vegetables and garlic, Top Chef! To finish the meal, a good house fruit salad. A small café, storage of card games for some and small naps for others. After Gérard goes alone to make a big round on the island, Françoise and Antoine remain on the boat and the others go on a great adventure in search of a hidden object (geosearching). The first indications lead us to Fort d'Alycastre. We go around it, we climb to the top where we have a superb view of the sea and the few boats that have dared to brave the strong blowing wind. We will realize on the way down that this visit was forbidden, too bad, and we regret nothing but still nothing concerning our treasure. We look on the internet for clues, some photos are welcome but we still need a long time before we find the object of our desire. Very happy, we take the way back. A small shower is welcome. Then all in the saloon, some prepare the meal, others take care of transferring the photos. A team is responsible for filling the cows with water already empty. It seems that I did not use the water sparingly when I was doing the dishes, indeed it is with Claude that I carried out this mission .... A small error in the handling of the hose will make the shoe fall from Gérard to the sea, fortunately it will be recovered.

Now it's the aperitif with cocktails, beers, and fruit juices as always. We are worried, Gérard has not returned from the showers (it's been an hour). Here he comes back and explains to us that he has dried his shoes and socks with the hair dryer. Very good salad on the menu, followed by another salad for dessert, this one with fruit; I'm not talking about the salads that some or some of my teammates drink. 22:30 p.m., it's time to sleep, there's wind in the sails and we will be rocked by the gentle song of the shrouds and other equipment.

PS: I forgot to say that the previous evening, 2 music lovers in this group more focused on the song of the sirens than the instrumental music had been at the only bar in the port to listen to a concert of music served by 3 young girls. Great atmosphere!

Tuesday 4 October - The Last Cybelle Team

Last day on Porquerolles, return tonight with the mini weather window towards the port of Hyères.

Exchanges of photos and videos; a last swim for some in the crystal clear waters of the Park.

Preparation of Françoise's birthday with a cinnamon apple pie, enough to delight our taste buds ... And now it smells the end ... already we have to prepare our bags to make room clean and have space for clean our Cy-Beau Vessel ...

See you soon for new Adventures!….

 

 

PS:…. A quarter of an hour after writing this journal, and after our departure, we learn that the port of Hyères has been requisitioned by the army for exercises… so back to our pontoon in Porquerolles… What a surprise!

So we spend a lovely birthday party with DJ Antoine, Champagne Cake-Candle.

And to end this beautiful mission, a song specially dedicated to our crew from Gilles:

It's a very nice group;

And still very dynamic;

On his sailboat, we can meet him, in search of cetaceans;

They are all volunteers, seasoned like sea dogs;

Full of good intentions, and always playful;

This is the Cybelle group of the summer ...

 

Shipping Pelagos

Shipping of the 15 21 2017 July from Hyères 

Saturday July 15

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Arrival of ecovolunteers. Alice, the eco-guide, accompanied by Antoine, the skipper, were waiting for us. Margaux of the association was also present. So we got to know the 100% female crew: Alice (bis), Béatrice, Alexandra, Julie, Raphaëlle, Amandine and me (Françoise). Despite the meeting time set at 10am, the boat was unfortunately not ready due to a day after July 14. We therefore waited 11:45 to take possession of the "Florenzo" and install all the supplies there for a week. Then the distribution by cabin was made and we prepared our first meal together. After lunch, topo “Observation and use of equipment” provided by Alice the ecoguide then topo “Safety and life on board” provided by Antoine the skipper. Although the decision to leave the same day was postponed to the next day, for reasons of comfort, the day was very busy! We were able to get to know each other and familiarize ourselves with the boat and the handling to be done during the week. After spending a lot of time on the bridge to do the installations, the safety training and OBSenMER and finally some shopping, we went to shower at the harbor master's office, before rewarding our efforts with a stroll through the Hyères night market as well as 'a good cold ice cream at the end of the day.

Sunday July 16

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 20176 am: everyone is still sleeping! Well no, two early risers are already on the bridge: Françoise and Béatrice. We go to look for fresh bread and brioches (phew, the bakery is already open, sweetie!). The sleeping will be awakened to music. After a good breakfast on the cockpit, in the sun, we think about our first day of observation and can't wait to go to sea. But before that, we have a meeting with our eco-guide Alice on the OBSenMER app and all that. we need to know to be as operational as possible. We set sail around 10:30 am. The seas were quite rough, which confused some of the crew. The first observation and familiarization with the application on the iPad lasted only an hour. Alas, no animal pointed the tip of its nose. Some were lucky enough to see cetaceans from afar (four fin whale breaths and probably a few dolphin fins). We are all full of hope for the next few days! 17 p.m .: Return to the coast in Bandol (where we anchored) and first swim for all the ecovolunteers, followed by our first seawater shower with the special blue soap (which makes it very soft!). We then had a royal aperitif (aperitif cookies, sausage / chorizo, sandwiches with tapenade, juice / sodas, wine and of course pastaga (Pastis!) Followed by an equally royal meal (ratatouille with sausages) for us and also for animals (feeding gulls and sea bream).

Monday July 17

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017We got up at 6am (in the morning!) After disembarking one of the ecovolunteers who unfortunately had to leave us for personal reasons. We have set sail. This morning the sea was still rough. Antoine had the idea to change the type of navigation, so the engine was turned off once the sail was out. At around 30am, he asked us to put on our life jackets and tie the straps to the lifelines on the sides of the boat while we were doing our shifts (to avoid going overboard!). The morning was rich in encounters: blue and white dolphins came to see us twice and we were even able to observe our first fin whale. Great joy on board! At 9am, we had gathered in the cockpit to take out the hydrophone after a suspicion of distant breath. When launching it, the imposing cetacean appears and we realize that the hydrophone was ultimately not necessary since it was not a sperm whale (the device does not detect whale ultrasound). We therefore re-ignited the engine in order to follow it. At noon, we tasted pasta with zucchini in rough seas, luckily the pasta was well glued so that we could easily pick it up after it fell into the trunk (open to take the buckets used for dishes at sea)! We took stock of the observations of the morning and then left. No notable sighting apart from the ashy shearwaters then, while approaching Port-Cros in the late afternoon, we saw blue and white dolphins jumping on their backs. We dropped anchor towards the port of Brégançon. Bathing for a few and preparing the meal: gloubi boulga of rice and lentils with vegetables and goat cheese then apple pie with 10 wedges! The sea having been rough, everyone was tired by this day full of emotions and beautiful observations.

Tuesday July 18

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Departure after sunrise, around 6 am. What a pleasant surprise when you wake up to discover a slightly rippled sea! This calm sea will last for two days, we hope it will increase our chances of seeing animals! We leave the beautiful landscape and our quiet anchorage for new adventures, ready to observe whatever comes along. Direction the famous "Chinese" (area baptized by Cybelle Planète). Three times we see blue and white dolphins, not very curious and too busy with their life without humans. On the way, we carry out a “surface cleaning” with a boat hook to rid the sea of: orange horseshoe buoy and several slightly deflated balloons. All this thanks to our super "blunderer" Raphaëlle! The sea and its inhabitants say thank you!

For the lunch break, we took a dry course in the open sea. Only the outline of the coast was visible, and not a single boat. Françoise, without any hesitation, announces the swim. It was with much more apprehension that we followed her one by one in the immensity of the sea at more than 2000 meters deep. This swim was one of the most impressive that we can experience! We spent an hour and a half playing with the sun's rays losing itself in the depths, strolling between the hot and cold currents and photographing ourselves (even underwater!). Despite repeated warnings from skipper Antoine about the presence of white sharks in the Mediterranean Sea, everyone took a swim! When we finally decided to start lunch with yesterday's leftovers after 1 p.m., a curious sunfish came our way! He showed himself in all his glory and even let himself float on his side for the sun. It was perfectly visible by this clear water! After a few minutes of mutual observation, he left, nonchalantly, the ridge coming and going quietly to the surface.

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017During the afternoon we saw several groups of blue and white dolphins, some of which came to the bow. Around 18 p.m., we had the chance to admire a magnificent courtship display between devils (three individuals) including one of about 30 meters wingspan! We were able to observe them around the boat for over half an hour. Soon after, following a group of blue and white dolphins, something among them seemed to float on the surface: it was a loggerhead turtle! Finally, to end the day in style during the last quarter, we were able to follow the straight trajectory of a fin whale which probed several times, under a magnificent sunset over the mountainous terrain. After the day had subsided around 2 p.m., it reappeared when we were setting the table for the evening meal and sounded one last time about 22 meters from the boat towards us!

With this exceptional weather, it was the perfect night to stay offshore. After having eaten a roast pork cooked by Antoine in total nocturnal silence and with our headlamps for only lighting, we divided ourselves into night shifts in pairs from midnight to 6 a.m. to ensure the surveillance of maritime traffic. To be autonomous, Antoine had trained us during the day in the use of automatic pilot and AIS (Automatic Identification System). What an incredible day with a record of at least seven species (sunfish, blue and white dolphins, sea devils, loggerhead turtle, fin whale, gray shearwater, pelagic), including rare ones observed, all in just one afternoon! We are not ready to forget this exceptional day of observations!

night shifts

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 20170h-2h (Alice and Amandine): This first shift was quite lively but still went by quickly. We were surrounded by a good number of freighters. We had to do a lot of back and forth between the bridge and the AIS to monitor their trajectories. We also heard the movement of a dolphin. 2-4 am (Julie and Raphaëlle): Difficult shift taking with eyes full of sleep. Then, once installed in the cockpit with our life jackets on, a compass in hand and binoculars in the other, the magic begins to operate ... The first sailboat that we spot as sailing far to port turns out to be the rising moon! A red moon at sunrise! Visit of several dolphins who stay around the boat for twenty minutes to jump ... followed by a whale that we hear quietly blowing several times, not far from the boat. 4h-6h (Alexandra and Françoise): We started our shift under a beautiful starry sky and with a beautiful crescent moon reflecting in the water. We have, at times, heard the breaths and the leaps of dolphins around the boat. We witnessed the break of the day like the setting up of an impressionist painting. Françoise thought she saw a small boat in front of ours at sunrise but, after checking, it did not appear on the AIS. And for good reason, when we observed it through binoculars, it was in fact a whale!

Wednesday July 19

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017At around 5:45 am, a whale appeared and we followed it afterwards. The whales then occupied us a good part of the morning but, being a bit playful, a game of hide-and-seek began ... So, to resume this early morning already rich in observations, our whale of 5:45 ended up get bored of us after three appearances observed by Antoine and Françoise, the rest of the crew having opted for recharging the batteries after the night shifts. Around 6:45 am, a new whale, which wakes Alice the eco-guide, Julie and Alice, then the rest of the troop will follow little by little. Two groups of Stenella dolphins were seen and some came to the bow to see if we were interesting enough for them ... Bad luck, they left after a few minutes, but Alice ecovolunteer took care to film their many tense jumps. We will be able to keep these great memories in our head but also in video. Thanks Alice! At 7:24 am, a devil of the sea passed under the boat. He actually took refuge there to escape the enormous yacht which passed 100 meters from us at full speed in a totally empty sea (he must have lacked space!). At the end of the morning, we had the chance to follow two fin whales on the way to Cannes, after seeing them on the horizon line thanks to a sea of ​​oil (that is to say about 10 km from U.S !). At the closest distance to them, the two whales had separated and were on both sides of the boat, we did not know where to turn or which to follow! Back on the coast, the Côte d'Azur looks like a motorway for yachts! We did not manage to anchor there (queue at the entrance to the creek). So we continued our journey along the coast (on which was the magnificent Estérel Massif with red colors) and ended up anchoring in front of Brigitte (Bardot!) At La Madrague near Saint-Tropez. In the evening, after an eventful swim by the waves of the boats, we finally had the pleasure of tasting the wonderful pasta with fresh basil from our skipper that we had been waiting for since the start of our stay! The night view was magnificent with the coast and the boats at anchor well lit.

Thursday July 20

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Several of us woke up at 6 am to enjoy our last day at sea. This morning, after leaving the cove, the “obs” started at 7 am. The weather is overcast and we sometimes have showers, one of which forced us to stop prospecting to shelter us the time it passes. We do not see anything in the morning but we can note the presence of a turtle and a sunfish, glimpsed in a furtive way. Then we do not observe anything for a while and when we are getting ready to have lunch, Julie sees dolphins. Finally ! It is a fairly large group of several dozen individuals with young people. Antoine goes to meet them so that we can better observe them and there, the festival begins: some come to the bow (despite our low speed) to observe us, show us their belly, do a spin and hop, get back into position. A feast for the eyes ! We even see social interactions where they rub each other by their backs, bellies or touch each other by the tip of the rostrum. The group splits up into several sub-groups, the "sentries" return to the boat to allow the rest of the group to continue their journey. We see young and even newborns near their mothers according to the lucky ones who spotted them. The cameras crackle (and their already weak batteries are empty ...), the notes are taken to then feed the observation data. They come back to us, disperse again and then we let them go. All this lasted well 35 minutes which means that this day will be engraved in our memory for a long time. The crew then resumed lunch and the skipper on course. Our vegetarian chili is cold but whatever, the dolphins warmed our hearts!

The afternoon of obs continues with two final shifts while we slowly resume the direction of the port of Hyères. Hopes are still high to see a whale or the "stars" of the missions, namely pilot whales, but nothing, nada, it will be necessary to resolve. What a scorching afternoon to literally cook up front and “emboss” our hind legs on the boat's honeycomb (think of the saving cushions for your next missions ..., believe me!)! Indeed, after a week at sea, several of us agree that our hindquarters are on fire because of the boat's pitching and to be sitting on the hard deck during our shifts (hoping not to peel like us. Françoise confided ...)! At 16 p.m., Antoine gives us a last swim in front of the village of La Capte, which is a delight for the team members who will be far from the Big Blue from Friday. Now, for sure, we get back to port at 30pm for the last night together. A good shower (fresh water) awaits us there, but that's without counting on a phenomenon of mysterious disappearance: where has the access card to the showers of the captaincy gone? Suspense ... After having turned over (almost) the whole boat, the problem is solved, the first showers taken, the things put away and dinner prepared: tonight, tortillas de patatas, ole!

The week was rich in animal and human encounters, it went by so quickly that everyone savored these last moments together, stars in their eyes and memories to boost us until next summer. Hey, are we going back in 2018? Chick ...

Shipping of the 22 28 2017 July from Hyères 

Saturday July 22

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017We all arrived at 10am at the port of Hyères for embarkation. So there are: Nicolas, Gwenola, Mélanie, Maxime, Sylvie, Sandrine and Marine. Alice the ecoguide and Antoine the skipper were waiting for us. The first arrivals were able to see the sailboat "Florenzo" coming out of the fairing area and being put back into the water, after a night of repair of the propeller. We settled into our cabins and waited for the arrival of the races, delivered directly to the boat. While we were finishing unloading the grocery bags and familiarizing ourselves with the organization and storage of the boat, Alice went to get us some bread and a roast chicken for lunch. Then, we left the port to drop anchor a little further, in front of the Badine beach, to enjoy a first swim before having an aperitif and having lunch together. We were then confronted with our first team decision: the weather not presenting itself good enough to sail tomorrow, we chose to moor on the island of Porquerolles in the afternoon (to be sure to have a place at the port) and wait there rather than in Hyères for the weather to allow us to begin our observations. During the crossing, Antoine gives us our first training in sailing. Once installed at the port around 16 pm, we had free time to visit the village, take a walk or enjoy a small beach. At 18 pm, we had an appointment at the boat for Alice's “Pelagos and marine life mission” training as well as an update on life on board. For the moment, the weather obliges us to stay at the dock for at least two nights.

Sunday July 23

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017The crew, stuck on the island of Porquerolles, split into two groups. Gwenola and Nicolas left alone, as it was their first wedding anniversary. They offered for the occasion a rental of electric bicycles, the ideal way to visit the island. From 10 a.m. to 14:30 p.m., the others were at Notre Dame beach, one of the most beautiful on the island, where they had a picnic. Posidonia meadows and rocks have been the subject of numerous underwater observations: fish (saupes, red mullet, gobies, mullet, black-capped sea bream, common wrasse, sea bream and marbled ...), sea urchins, Green sea anemones, crabs, orange-red encrusting sponges, algae (acetabular, padina ...), starfish, sea cucumbers, large Mediterranean pearls ... At the end of the morning, as expected, the wind started to blow. On the way back, it was the countless cicadas (as well as their moults) easily observable on the trees that delayed the amateur photographers! Their song, sometimes deafening due to their large number, even made us forget that of the gulls to which we are more accustomed! At the end of the day, several of us went to visit the Jardin du Conservatoire Botanique. During this time, Antoine had stayed at the boat all day to run the engine for a few hours in order to keep the battery level at the proper level. He also took the opportunity to prepare his famous pasta with basil sauce ... a treat barely disturbed by the increasingly violent gusts of wind. However, we had toast when the sun returned, but it was the rain that arrived at the beginning of the night and that continued throughout the night.

Monday July 24

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Fortunately, when we woke up, although the wind still prevented us from setting off, the sun was back. The strong wind still not having calmed down, we set out to visit the rest of the island for the next few days. After preparing a big picnic (mixed salad, sandwiches and fruit), we set off. All except Antoine remained on the boat. Our exploration of the island began with Fort Saint-Agathe, followed by the Moulin du Bonheur. Due to a high risk of fire due to the wind, we were somewhat thwarted in our plans as many sites were closed to the public. Our hike took us past fields of vines, olive trees, mulberry trees and laurels. We even visited a cemetery where some graves were represented by boats and where we could see our first gecko. We then joined the dangerous cliffs in the south of the island where the waves strongly hit the large boulders. After having a picnic at the foot of the lighthouse, we took a path allowing us to reach the magnificent Calanque de l'Indienne. Finally, we finished our walk on Courtade beach that some had explored yesterday. It is a very beautiful beach where we could observe several species on the sandy bottom, in particular fish. The wind preventing us from fully enjoying the beach (between the violent waves and the sand which whipped us while taking off), we returned to the boat early. Antoine had cooked again: a dish of meat and vegetables for tonight as well as a nice tortilla for the next day at noon. At the end of the day, while everyone took care of their own activity (running, showering, reading, nap, ice cream in the village ...), some of us started to take inventory of food reserves. food, which allowed us to discover neat little treats that gave us recipe ideas to make. In the evening, after an aperitif and a good dinner inside the boat (the cockpit being too exposed to the wind and the spray), we played the werewolf game while Sandrine and Alice sorted the photos taken during our excursion . They then made a night walk in the village in search of small animals and came across a tiny gecko on a wall as well as a hedgehog hidden in a hedge. 

Tuesday July 25

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Still no possibility on the horizon to leave the island of Porquerolles ... Alice went to the harbor master's office to book two additional nights at the port. That morning, no specific program for the crew, everyone went about their business. In particular, there were several individual departures for short walks, running and the bakery. Maxime left for an early run, although the wind still did not allow him to take the paths leading to the wilder beaches of the island. He was able to pass near the Semaphore and climb up to Mont des Salins which, with its unobstructed view, offered a very beautiful panorama (calanque and military observatory). Others took advantage of the on-board library to enrich their knowledge of marine fauna and some even brought copies of the Port-Cros National Park newspaper back on the boat. Looking for strategies to access sites still unvisited and often closed due to the risk of fire, we decided to book a table for the next day at noon in a bistronomic restaurant, located on the West of the island in an area only accessible by shuttle. It was the best way to visit one of the Langoustier beaches, generally off limits and in an ideal setting because with the least number of visitors possible. We had lunch on the cockpit. For this midday meal, Antoine had prepared us a superb tortilla last night and Mélanie had the good idea to make us a pineapple cake (as she likes to bake cakes when she does not know what to do).

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017During the meal, we had the surprise visit of Léa David, a researcher from the EcoOcean Institute who works on the data collected in the Mediterranean Sea by the ecovolunteers of Cybelle Planète. She offered us a conference tonight for several eco-volunteer boats stranded on the island, so we were not the only ones! This gave us a second conference scheduled for the end of the day, in addition to that of the National Park House on bats. Due to the risk of fire from the high winds, many trails on the island were still closed to traffic. We decided on a swim at Argent beach, one of the ones we hadn't tried since the start of our stay. The winds of the day and the day before had made the waters murky. Sandrine was still able to observe a starfish and encrusting sponges. For their part, Alice and Antoine stayed at the boat all day. Alice took care of sorting our photos and giving news of our mission on social networks.At 18 p.m., we were invited on the boat of Léa David, researcher in cetology, for a conference on the usefulness and the future of data collected by ecovolunteers. While on the island, she did us the honor of interrupting her vacation time to give this conference filled with information and encouragement to eco-volunteers from three associations. This allowed us to realize the results obtained thanks to the efforts made in the field. After a brief dinner, we had planned to go to another conference around 21:30 pm on the bats, but it was unfortunately canceled due to the weather conditions ... "It really is bad luck week!" Exclaimed Mélanie. We took the opportunity to go up to Fort Saint-Agathe to try to meet nocturnal animals. We crossed paths with two hedgehogs, geckos and heard unidentified nocturnal raptors. Instead of going up to the fort, the laziest of the group made a short stop at the Escale bar (which bears its name aptly!) Where their cocktails were delicious.

Wednesday July 26

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017The good news of the morning was to finally be able to set sail the next morning very early until around noon! We woke up to an opaque sun, hidden by the smoke from the fires visible on the Côte d'Azur. Island firefighters were seen taking a boat to assist their colleagues. Drought and strong winds favor fires that are difficult to control this summer ... For lunch, we booked a restaurant called "Le Mas du Langoustier". The shuttle picked us up from the port at 11:20 am to take us there. Antoine joined us there by the next shuttle to share together a delicious seafood meal brought by chic waiters. They also told us that we had just missed the passage of actor Kad Merad who often comes to eat in this restaurant. After this lunch in the magnificent setting of the landscaped garden, we were able to take advantage of the privileged access to an exceptionally beautiful and uncrowded beach: the Plage Noire du Langoustier. This black sand beach was sublimated by a coastline with multicolored strata. Alice took a lot of photos from the shore as several of us explored the seabed. Besides the beautiful green sea anemones and sea urchins, we have discovered and learned about the existence of a ball-shaped algae: codium. In front of a pink fort was a sailboat stranded on the rocky shore due to bad weather. We also saw a young cormorant in the water and watched the big waves hitting the rocks head on. A few hours after enjoying this unique beach, we returned to the village by shuttle. Some took advantage of a last ice cream and after dinner, it was Antoine's safety point before going back to sea! For this last evening on shore, the two sportsmen of the crew Maxime and Mélanie went for a night run to the lighthouse. They were able to come across a hedgehog, bats as well as spiders with brilliant green eyes and once arrived at the lighthouse, they were able to enjoy a magnificent view of the starry sky with the Milky Way.

Thursday July 27

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017

Sandrine:

6 a.m .: This morning, both late risers and early risers, everyone is on the bridge. After five days of waiting, it's finally the great moment, the one everyone was waiting for: we are going to sea! To us dolphins, whales and sperm whales ... We are more than ready !! The sea is calm at the port of Porquerolles, the mooring lines are loose, the engine is running, we leave the island under a splendid sunrise, let's go ...

6:30 am: The first observation shift takes place. Instead of being three, there are seven of us scanning the water! The captain goes past the Iles d'Or (Hyères) and ... finally the open sea.

7am - 7:30 am - 8 am - 8:30 am ...: The minutes and hours tick away and still no cetaceans in sight. In the meantime, the wind had grown stronger and the waves swelled. We had to put on our bras and tie ourselves to the lifeline. Seasickness began to invite itself in some.

8:38 am: Something caught Sandrine and Alice's attention a few dozen meters in front of the boat. Looking better, it was in fact a dolphin that had jumped and continued on its way. They are there, they are two! Just enough time to alert the other members of the crew ... We then see the dolphins spinning under the water. They approach the boat and we hold our breath hoping that they will jump again or stay close to us. But it's already over, we won't see them again! Brief moment but at least we will not return empty-handed !! We continue on our way for a few minutes but soon it's time to turn around. 

All in all, our observations came down to: two blue and white dolphins, birds (puffins and cormorants as well as gulls), a flying fish (observed by Nicolas) and boats. Alice let us take advantage of our short observations by taking care of the equipment (tablet and binoculars) to collect the necessary data. I went to sleep in my cabin while the sailboat, with the genoa sail out, was going at full speed towards Hyères, passing to the right of the island of Porquerolles. At noon, we anchor at the Badine beach, next to the port of Hyères. It's almost the end of the adventure ...

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017

Melanie:

For my part, I was more than happy to wake up with the sun. The view was magnificent ! I was ready to finally take off with the hope of seeing my favorite creature: a whale! ... Unfortunately, when I put on my life jacket, seasickness took over for me. There were a lot of waves, wind, their powers were 4 beauforts. I ended up throwing up my breakfast and went to lie down on a bunk ... I didn't see anything ... Now I know ... I love the sea, but the sea does not love me not ... sad fate ...

 

Gwenola:

It is our last day at sea and we set sail. All hopes are high, I'm sure our patience will pay off and we'll see dolphins. The sea grows quickly enough, the wind strengthens, a feast of hollow waves. It's time to go down to get the life jacket, which for me too begins to initiate seasickness. Whatever the cost, I stay on the deck, starting to get colder and colder, but I don't want to. do not miss the dolphins. The miracle takes place: two blue and white dolphins make their appearance, furtive but magical and moving. Our persistence paid off. I am sick but happy, I can calmly go and lie down in my cabin and recover.

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017

Nicolas:

This mission, which looks like a seaside holiday, comes to an end. Everyone has, in their own way, been able to transform their frustration into various pleasant moments. The naturalist ambition was thus expressed during immersions in the aquatic life of the sublime coves of Porquerolles, or, more simply, in the discovery of snakes between two tombs, of geckos in the walls, of spiders and bats. mouse in the night, etc ... The thirst for navigation was quenched during the first and especially this penultimate day. The "Florenzo" sliced ​​through the swell, forcing unceasingly to maintain its balance which I always feel as a digest of life, where at each moment we must compensate for the reality of the world to stay the course of our convictions and our dreams ... We have well done to stay the course despite the swell, because the vision, even furtive of these two, perhaps three, dolphins will remain anchored in our spirits. I had the selfish chance to admire the silvery and elegant flight of an exocet. In the swell, such a small creature mastering so perfectly its art and its grace, it is so little and so much. In short, this magical morning, from a glowing sunrise against a background of clouds of continental fires to the discovery of the southern coasts of the island of Porquerolles, compensates a little for our seclusion at the dock.

What about life on board? Gwenola and I, as usual, played the comedies and the service idiots… our way of getting around conflicts when they come up in our face or when we feel them coming. But hey, we were much more into the preventive than the curative. Each personality, even the most shy, has been able to express itself and give something of its inner beauty. I will keep Mélanie's ingenuous humor, Sandrine's benevolent uprightness, Sylvie's naturalistic and navigational passions, Alice's determined curiosity and Marine's jovial sensitivity, fond memories. As for Maxime and Antoine, they both have that secret and frank charm of men made of the best wood.

A gentle week in spite of the warmth and wind that we will deliver tomorrow to join the world. We will never see each other again together, but we made some beautiful moments of eternity.

Well, all of us,

Nicolas

Maxime:

A very early morning awakening to finally take to the sea because a favorable weather window allows it! A very good time off, cut short for me due to fatigue. We then spent a very good day on the boat in front of the beach of Hyères to end with a midnight swim against the background of frenzied music for Nicolas and me. Tomorrow, it will be time to clean the boat and return to port. Very happy with this week and these superb meetings. I hope we will have the opportunity to meet again.

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017Marine :

Superb ballad at sea for our last day. I was fortunate to be able to see the two dolphins who made us the honor of their presence. I am very happy to have already attended this nice show. 

After this morning rich in sensations for everyone, we settled down at the Badine anchorage near the port of Hyères for a well-deserved lunch. Everyone then left to go about their business (big nap for almost everyone and reading). To celebrate our last evening on the “Florenzo”, we prepared a series of Mojitos for everyone, followed by a dinner well sheltered from the wind in the boat. During our aperitif, we could observe the passage of Canadair planes collecting seawater in order to extinguish the fires ravaging the coast for several days. The evening ended with a little night swim (at 23pm) to music for Nicolas and Maxime, the brave ones. This euphoric moment looked like a tribal challenge where the girls encouraged the boys to jump into the cold water and pitch darkness! The high and rhythmic sound of the music, the dances, the shouts and the dives were the joy of the crew. Antoine had still equipped Nicolas with a flashing light attached to his wrist, to spot him if he ever got carried away by the currents! Before going to bed, we made the last groupings and exchanges of photos and chose the “best of” of the day for our logbook. Antoine was able to take the opportunity to try his hand at photography by immortalizing this moment.

Saturday July 28

Synopsis Cybelle Planete 2017We returned to the port of Hyères around 8am. After a brief breakfast, we tackled the complete cleaning of the boat. Everyone got started! We were very efficient! The "Florenzo" was ready to welcome the next crew the next day. We then reserved a long table for lunch at the Café du Port for a last meal together before returning to our respective lives. We parted after lunch to join our transport. It was a great experience with a good team, thank you all!

 

Shipping of 29 04 July to August 2017 from Hyères   

29 July

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017A new week begins. A new team embarks with Antoine the skipper: the ecologist Hélène and 7 new ecovolunteers: Christine, Fabrice, Angélique, Geoffrey, Sonia, Sandrine and Anne.
10h, everyone is there. Everyone takes his quarters, they receive the races and then some people are sent to look for some fresh products before embarking. The topo is animated by Antoine the skipper, everyone is prepared in case of evacuation. The whole team takes the meal together and then we leave very quickly to take advantage of the weather window.
We sail for long hours between Porquerolles, the Levant Islands, to the open sea while being trained in scientific observation protocols with the use of the OBSenMER application and telemetry binoculars. The first shift is carried out by Hélène, Sonia, Sandrine and Anne from 16 p.m. to 18 p.m. Some occasional dolphin obs (Blue and white) are made during the first shift. Around 18 p.m., a few dolphins are playing with a sailboat on our port side. Around 30 p.m., Aperitif for the bravest: in fact half of the crew is in distress.
The first night shift starts at 22h and alternates all 2h. The sea gradually calms down, all goes well under this beautiful starry sky where play a beautiful red moon and a few shooting stars. 

July 30

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017The last night shift from 4h to 6h follows the first quarter of Obs. The crew wakes up gradually. A turtle is observed furtively then some OBS of blue and white dolphins are made by Sonia, Christine and Helen. 8h-10h, Second Quarter (Sandrine, Anne, Geoffrey). The breath of a whale galvanizes the troops on the bridge of Florenzo. The tracking will last 45 min. The whale resurfaces at the end of 25 min after the first breath. In parallel, we observe some dolphins who enjoy jumping. The whale reappears again at the end of 25 min and after a few breaths, probe again and then disappears. We stop the follow-up after a new wait, we do not see it resurface. The quarter from 10h to 12h did nothing and led to a well deserved break.
12h30: A group of dolphins is invited to table also. The time to fix the plates we start a follow-up during 20 min, about fifty dolphins pass around the boat. They are blue and white dolphins with their young. Some females strike the caudal fin on the water to gather the young. A little does the "proud" and makes some jumps in front of the adults who follow it at medium pace.
Some adults came to the stem of the boat. A diversion maneuver can be? Meanwhile a group passes with the young people in the back of the boat. 15 min later, a new group of blue and white dolphins made an appearance. We follow them for a quarter of an hour. The group seems less organized, and disperses quickly.
The quarters of observation resume at 14h. Nothing to report until the second quarter of the afternoon. A few gray shearwaters are observed along the way. 16h20: A small moon fish is identified by Anne near the port of Porquerolles on the return. We shelter from the strong sea that is coming. It is 18h, it is the end of the observations. Tonight we stop at the anchorage facing Porquerolles for one night at least.
We enjoy a drink and then a quiet dinner near the beach with a beautiful sunset. Towards 21h, the wind begins to rise.

July 31

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Day off, impossible to go to sea: too much swell announced! We remain at the anchorage for the day near the beach of Porquerolles. In the afternoon Anne, Sonia, and Christine cross the boat to the beach in PMT. While Geoffrey inflates the annex, Antoine realizes that it is forbidden to disembark as an annex on the beaches of Porquerolles. We will then bathe from the boat, we meet small pelagies. The rest of the afternoon is going on the boat, with a little history on the presentation of the animated Association Hélène our eco-guide and free time we spend refine our tan and some swimming.
The evening after the aperitif the girls ask for the famous tortilla of Antoine for the dinner. Neither one nor two, Fabrice, Hélène Sandrine and Geoffrey prepare the ingredients essential to the recipe of Antoine. A real treat, Thank you Antoine for your talents of Cuistot. The night arrives quickly, the sunsets succeed each other, all different but all magnificent. The nights are starry.

1er August

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Second day off. Still too much swell off, we remain at the anchorage near the beach of Porquerolles. In the morning, the trio of girls the day before, goes on a snorkeling expedition, near the rocks while Geoffrey stays by the boat.
At noon, Antoine helped Helene Angelica and Fabrice prepare a chicken with vegetables, a treat. In the afternoon we head towards the port to land there. We visit the city quickly with a stop for a drink on the terrace, but especially take a real shower ... a treat.
In the evening, Anne and Sonia, helped by Antoine, prepare pasta sauce bolo 'home. It was worth waiting for: the preparation was long but the result delicious. Meanwhile, Geoffrey, a confectioner, prepares in parallel a brownie with the raisin that will be tasted the next morning. The night falls fast and some go for a walk digestive walk before going to bed. We must rest, we will leave with certainty tomorrow morning, and the sea may be agitated.

2 August

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017All the crew wake up early to be ready for departure. We sail in direction of Bandol taking very wide to go along the canyons. The first quarter of obs. Starts with Fabrice, Hélène, Anne and Christine.
A day rich in obs. ! It all starts with a moon fish observed at noon pile. We continue offshore and observe our first sperm whale. Blue and white dolphins do us the honor of their visit very furtively. 13h, a new sperm whale is in sight! What luck! We will only see it 10 minutes before it probes it too. An impressive dive of his whole body until the caudal fin that eventually disappear. 13h45, a first whale is seen. Follow-ups follow: this area is rich in species. End of the follow-up to 14h18 then we resume a new follow-up a few minutes later with a new minke whale. The whole crew is on the alert as a group of dolphins makes its appearance. They approach the boat to the stem. The group is composed of parents and babies, a magnificent show. We end the whale tracking to 15h. As soon as we finish, we take another observation of whale with a new breath located on the horizon then a new group of dolphins appears. It is an anthology of observations!
The crew is in awe and asks for more. It is 15h30 when a sperm whale blows its breath at 45 degrees on the horizon. Our wish is fulfilled. The latter calls for calm the whole crew. Magic moment. 10 minutes of intense fullness before the sperm whale probe. The follow-up ends 10 minutes later and we continue towards the coast towards Bandol at the anchorage.
On the road, some furtive observations of ash-shearwater and fish. We arrive at the anchorage after this extraordinary day. We enjoy a swim and shower with sea soap, and finish the day with images full head.

3 August

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017It is 5h, we leave the anchorage. Head to 200 ° direction the point "427" and its canyons to 2030m depth. (An underwater summit that seems to attract large cetaceans)
The first dolphins of the day appear ... More from 50 blue and white dolphins. The group is quite curious: the dolphins approach the bow and have fun making a few jumps around the boat before disappearing into the immensity of the Mediterranean Sea. The hours pass, no observation except some adventurous dragonflies and a hornet. During the meal break, we stop the engine to enjoy the calm and activate the hydrophone to try to hear the sperm whales hunting. But in the absence of sperm whales in the area, we eat at the sound of the amplified lapping. I'm back for observation and with luck we meet a new group of striped dolphins which offers a real festival: jumps, spins, espionage, swimming at the bow, on the back, underwater dance for two ... We continue on the canyons towards Hyères to close this observation day. A little disappointed not to have observed again of cachalot for this last day, we remain dreamers and marvels of this week in the company of all these cetaceans.

4 August

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017The expedition ends. The crew wakes up ready to land. We arrive at the port of Hyères to clean the Florenzo. Everybody is dealing with the crew.
A week full of emotions, proud to have been able to participate in this unique experience. Thanks to Cybelle, Hélène our eco-guide, and Antoine our skipper for sharing their passion for the sea and nature in general with us. A week full of joy and laughter, discoveries and a few individual misadventures (seasickness). 9 volunteers, a 13-meter sailboat, a week, living together, such is the teaser of this expedition to the Pelagos sanctuary. We will end with a quote that we like a lot: “If our indifference is complicit in the extinction of animals, the will to protect them has never been so great”.

 

Shipping of 05 11 July to August 2017 from Hyères  

Saturday, August 5

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Arrival of the ecovolunteers at 10 am in front of the FLORENZO: Aziz, Lucile, Marine, Fred, Sophie, Vincent, Christine. Presentation with our eco-guide Hélène and our Skipper Antoine. Topo security by Antoine and presentation of the week by Hélène. A little advice from Antoine to avoid seasickness the "5 F" rule: Avoid Fatigue, Cold, Hunger, Frousse, Foif (because remedies such as Cocculine, bracelet ... do not work, say Antoine's expert). After the lunch break on the boat, departure at sea to take advantage of the weather and hope for some observations with Hélène who explains how the equipment works. Then we take our positions for the first observation. Head for the pass :) between Port Cros and Île de Levant. We are all at the front: first observation: 2 underwater hunters and after wallouh ;-) Some time after observing a fish above ground (an exocet) we then prepared the meal and the aperitif and there at the time peanuts 2 opportune blue and white dolphins invited each other. Following these first meetings and the handling of the OBS EN MER app tablet and the parametric binoculars, the night pairs are formed to ensure the shifts. 2 hours of surveillance only lit by the moon and its reflection on the water to observe the trajectory of other boats. In the cockpit, life jackets and waterproof lamps are mandatory! The calm and the darkness are soothing ... a pair even thinks they see a turtle. Thus ends the first night of Florenzo…. Finally… continues….

Sunday, August 6

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Wake up to 6h for the first observation (of the trinome concerned) and no boat on the horizon. The calm of the water and the absence of wind make this morning an ideal moment of observation ... A first blue and white dolphin comes to swim at the level of the bow. Then we see the presence of a furtive (and fierce) whale in the distance. Antoine tries to approach us to the maximum and then with the binoculars we see him sounding. It is then necessary to wait 20 minutes to hope to see it rise to the surface. During this waiting time, 3 pairs of blue and white dolphins attracted by the noise of the engine (perhaps) came to let their pictures be taken. After this show, still no whale on the horizon. Antoine then comes to tell us that the wind is starting to pick up and that it is better to put on life jackets if you want to stay outside, or to stay in the cockpit! The choice is made we decide to remain seated in the cockpit .... In the distance a wave of dolphins who jump, play at full speed. Impossible to count them at this distance, but the only thing we can say: it is magnificent and there are many :-) The wind blows more and more, and the waves that go with it… We abandon the beautiful dolphins to recover our vests. The water flows in the boat ... and it slips! We find ourselves piled up on the door, fortunately closed, next to the toilets! Difficult to go directly to our rooms ... It's the struggle. Vests in hand we are ready to leave but in fact it moves much too much ... Meanwhile Antoine with the support of Fred manage FLORENZO !!! To come back to what is happening inside ... finally change of program everyone turns white and we stay inside. Hélène knows how it will end ... and anticipates and distributes plastic bags. Immediately distributed as soon as filled ... It's the start of lonnngggguuuueeesssss minutes for most of us! Big leak at Aziz and Marine :) Aziz is not doing well… and Marine tries to limit the damage (not Aziz) from the water leak :) During this time Sophie continues to sleep… and wonders what is going on but Hélène gives instructions not to move and to stay lying down :) The radio announces distress calls, a kayaker in distress, a drifting boat… In short, it's the 40 knot effect "as we say that beats up" !! Deafening noises, pitching and tapping in the front ... From time to time Antoine goes down to collect a good harvest of full vomit bags !! It's a treat :) But Vincent doesn't want to let go of his !! In short, a real experience that we will all remember :) a good anecdote (after the fact)! The calm returns little by little we go up one after the other to the surface more or less colored ... (Anyway, adds Antoine, when we are all retracing this day, we all had colors greenish from start to finish) and slowly join the anchorage for the night. We anchor 40 meters of chains so that the anchor can be fixed. While some prepare the aperitif (once again) others take their first seawater bath with our biodegradable soap.

Monday August 7

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017The weather conditions do not allow us to make observations. We therefore join Porquerolles very early in the morning in order to have a place in the port. Antoine stays on the Florenzo to rest while we set off to explore the island. On the advice of Fred, we reach the Langoustiers beach. This is one of the furthest from the port, so there will be fewer tourists. After 1h30 of hiking through the ridges and some sweating we arrive at the beach. Christine is the first in the water, then we follow her with masks and snorkels to observe the funds. We meet several schools of fish in the middle of the posidonia as well as a large mother-of-pearl, a protected species. Once out of the water, mandatory sunscreen: impossible to find a bit of shade. We eat our sandwiches, being careful of sunburn. Once the meal is over we return to the port for an ice cream or a beer, both well deserved. Part of the group decides to stay in the port to rest and enjoy the showers available while the others leave to explore the second part of the island. We find on our way a small peaceful cove. Boats at anchor start to leave on our arrival so we savor this refreshing and restful moment before returning to port. Tonight Antoine cooked us a delicious tomato / basil / garlic sauce and other secret ingredient (s) to accompany our pasta. During this time everyone puts their heart to work: cleaning, cooking, preparing an aperitif ... We enjoy this meal together before going to bed. The weather of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, does not allow us to go out again, we rely heavily on the next day to observe other species. To be continued !!!

Tuesday August 8

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017It is 3:15 am Antoine's awakening sounds the great departure. Helped by Fred, Florenzo sets sail for another day of observations. Lucile joins them to take advantage of the very early morning calm, the full moon and quite simply to take advantage of these unique moments. First observation shift for Lucile, Aziz and Marine. The sea is calm and suggests that the fish are still sleeping. When suddenly we hear LA LA LA LA… but where the? Do we exclaim !!! Vincent with the keen eye noticed a breath in the distance. Yeah !! A whale points its nose. Stealthily we glimpse his back loooonnnngggg. Then it gives way to a magnificent spectacle. 1,2,3,4,5 cetaceans arrive… They are pilot whales. Wow. Grandiose. They arrive… More than ten, curious, not very shy, they let themselves approach and come around the sailboat. Some are very big, a pitchoun is there with his little round head and his pretty smile :-) We are all over the moon, happy to have the chance to attend this magnificent show offered by Mother Nature. We will learn later that these cetaceans live in groups around a leader "the mama". A well-established organization and functioning where the female is the leader !! The globi globules have understood everything… It's hard to leave this globis spot. There are some everywhere with scars, no wonder when you know that they can live up to 70 years. A word comes to me because no one can describe this moment THANKS for these precious moments ... Life is beautiful. Lunch break in ½ group: rice salad prepared the day before, we take turns looking out to sea. Be careful to check the stability of the plates! A new group approaches the boat. 14 globis with 2 babies stuck between 2 females. Slow movements, babies pass over mothers. In the distance two males secure the passage. Thank you for this beautiful presence. The observation continues on the front of the boat. It is very hot, some have been lucky enough to see a sperm whale. Breath, apparition, probe ... A well-deserved moment of rest for the early-morning ecovolunteers. Head for Hyères. Punch aperitif and preparation of the lentil meal cut to the quarter to which Antoine adds the chef's touch, namely carrots, garlic in a shirt (white and beer) must not skimp! Not really light, but an excellent dessert to match the main course (Hélène's apple pie). It's okay, we have not suffered from hunger or Foif (beer or small wine when they do not go to the pan). Coffee and a vestrouille quarter (dishes) and sleep while waiting for new adventures.

Wednesday August 9

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Today we are staying at the port. The awakening is accordingly, each one rising according to his desire. Hélène and Lucile, the early ones, went to get some fresh bread. :) Big sun, calm sea, it's hard to believe that the sea is impassable. Indeed, if we are sure to leave the port we are not sure to come back. Already the first boaters are setting off on an adventure, their joy showing on their faces and we remain at the quay. Our morning revolves around breakfast, the shower and the preparation of the meal. The wind has picked up a bit since then but nothing to worry about. After the meal, the crew splits into 2 groups. The beach group and the boat group; the latter taking care of the inventory of food and the cleaning of the watermelon burst (and forgotten) during the gale of Sunday ... Meanwhile the force of the wind has increased again. Several boats have difficulty mooring, in particular a sailboat which has rolled a mop around its rudder. Big commotion for the harbor master's office. We take a little rest on the bridge. The wind is blowing hard now generating a kind of aquatic chaos that lasted all afternoon, a real open-air cinema. The boats, returning to port, keep getting packed. There are no longer any freshwater sailors in difficulty to "park" because of this wind. The zodiacs of the harbor master's office do not stop intervening. Collisions are numerous, at least three, between sailboats but above all a zodiac against ours. But no damage to deplore not even a scratch On the other hand, one of the children from the boat next door missed the step and found himself drinking the broth yum a good disinfectant shower in anticipation. It is the end of the afternoon and the wind is raging now we have done well to stay in the port .... For lack of observation at sea, a team is on the deck observing boat arrivals and watch the boats at the gas station! Guaranteed show! Among them, the NUMBER ONE :) The Italian… which sails at full speed… with its accelerator at the foot… Gloups a boat arrives in front just as quickly. We are in the front row and hold our breath ... The collision is on the way. Antoine is the first fan of the Italian. Who finally takes the road to the exit! Space too small for his maneuver? Vexed at his failure? Too bad he amused us. Pause. The typist goes to eat. Semolina ratatouille on the menu. It smells of cumin until then !!! Yum Yum ... To be continued! Tonight fireworks :) 

Thursday August 10

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017When we wake up, the clouds welcome us despite the subsidence that protects us from the wind. Antoine took the opportunity to store the mainsail (mainsail) in his awning. During the breakfast, the program of the day begins to take shape: it will be an excursion on the peninsula of Giens ... and by land. We thus embark in the cars of Christine and Sophie. Once there, the hike can begin with sublime landscapes and a raging sea by the wind finally lifted. The latter prevents us from continuing our journey because of the risk of fire. So we decide to eat with fresh bread, cheese and ham. A discussion on marriage and the life of a couple begins. Although the conversation was very interesting, we decided to turn back to enjoy the majestic landscapes one last time. Back on the “liner”, everyone goes about their business: nap, shopping (snorkel) ... The evening begins with Lucile, Aziz and Sophie preparing the last meal and aperitif. On the menu, eggplant caviar, carrots with the excellent Aziz sauce: Yoghurt, shallot, basil, salt and pepper, zucchini flan ... And cuvée Sophie champagne. We are disappointed because we did not have a show of bumper boats at the gas station to entertain the evening which ends quietly .... Tomorrow awaits us with a long morning cleaning the Florenzo.

Friday August 11

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017We wake up to 7h to be attacked at 8h00 and begin the hostilities of the big cleaning. Once finished, we have lunch together for the last time at the restaurant of the port, before resuming the course of our lives. This mission was a beautiful parenthesis ... 

 

 

 

 

Shipping of the 12 18 2017 August from Hyères 

Saturday, August 12

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017First meeting at the port of Hyères for the crew of the week (Anaïs, Colombe, Laura, Maïlys, Pascale, Pietro, Stéphanie), under a beautiful sun. Everyone puts their things away, discovers the boat, takes their marks. After stocking up on food (and drinks!) And after a few adventures in the supermarket, we all gather around a mouth-watering roast chicken. Beginning of the big safety report by Captain Antoine: we must think about all the possible risks on the boat (super reassuring!); then big animal guide from our Camille eco-guide. It's hard to navigate between all the species (especially Maïlys learns that the minke whale is not the baby of the whale but another species ... We too, by the way, but shhh!). We also learn to use binoculars (by training with the observation of neighboring boats in the port!) And the OBSenMER application on the iPad. Then we take a well-deserved aperitif to digest all this information and eat a tabbouleh before attacking the night inflamed by the music of the dancing bar next door!

Sunday, August 13

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017After a good night's sleep, our whole little team woke up rested and happy to go to sea. Everything had started so well: charming breakfast at 7 am, departure on a calm sea, magnificent landscape .... Colombe, Anaïs and Maïlys set off for the first two hours of obs, full of hope and enthusiasm. A few dolphins later and one or two songs invented with great talent, the three magnificent young girls turn to ask for relief. Surprised not to find anyone in the back of the boat, they descend inside, and there .... While two hours earlier their little faces were beaming like a summer sun, the three graceful discover the rest of the crew in a horizontal position (or PLS as we say!) in a state close to despair ... And yes I [Maïlys] will name names! Our favorite eco-guide was so pale that no porcelain could have beaten it (well at the time of writing, nothing has changed ...), Pascale and Pietro had closed the door to their room so as not to display their weakness while Stéphanie tried to find a cure for seasickness. Laura, she delighted us all morning with her charming retching .... Okay, I'll stop! The three survivors therefore continued the observation to let their friends recover. Ah there the boat, it rocks! After a little mercalm and a good lunch prepared by an excellent cook (I am not quoting anyone), the succession could be taken. We had the chance to see dolphins again, to see a flying fish, many birds and a tuna that would have beaten any of us in the high jump. While we thought we were at the end of our surprises, we had the visit of moonfish just before an extra dinner from our hellish skipper Antoine (he has Italian origins, that's for sure [Oh no, it's Spanish!]) and a beautiful sunset over the sea. We are all set to begin our night shifts, lost in the middle of the sea. This is a first for many of us, so let's hope the evacuation will not be for tonight (we said at least 48 hours before sinking, guys!). And I counted us, we are nine tonight, let's hope that at breakfast no one has fallen by the wayside and that the stomachs of some (s) have re-arnached properly in their little bidou. See you tomorrow, forever more adventures on the Floreeeenzo !!

Bonus song: "Camille she will throw up, Camille she will throw up,

If we see a dolphin, we will give him a drawing

If we see a sperm whale, we will take a picture

And if it's a jellyfish, it's fun for us! "

PS: we didn't have an aperitif tonight, there are really things that get lost ...

Monday August 14

2017 cymbal notebook 105Where to start ? This day was so full of emotions and observations that the logbook will be dense!

To begin with: night shifts. Little fear following the appearance of fire from a boat, in the middle of a collision ... Oh no phew, it was a star! The lucky Colombe and Laura were also able to witness a flaming moonrise over the water, confused at the beginning with a cargo ship ... Oh no, that's not it on the AIS! First observation shift at 6 am, with the hope instilled by two dolphins, but too stealthy. The whole morning was poor in observations despite a little stormy sea and our presence offshore. It's time for lunch to restore our courage: a Lorraine quiche and a Provencal tart made by Maïlys and Laura enhance our meal with their exquisite flavors. Afternoon: resumption of observations. Large quantities of tuna hunts, then a whole group of dolphins (about sixty) cross our path, all the mothers with their young. During the rest of the afternoon, dolphins again and again, more or less stealthy but we will see some jumps, we also meet a turtle basking in the sun, without forgetting a baby shark who came to visit us, and exocets better known under the popularized name of flying fish! 

And there, while the afternoon is in its middle, a breath! And a "bent" breath in addition. Head for this big tree trunk which "floats" on the surface. It is, of course, a sperm whale !!! We approach when he chooses to probe, revealing his tail. Engine off: if we wait 45 minutes, it will come to the surface in the perimeter. It's time to prepare the evening meal (gloubi boulga of vegetables and chicken, prepared by Antoine: a delight / and an apple and apricot pie, recipe from Pascale) and the aperitif (Houmous Maïlys style). Then, at the scheduled time, the breath is visible again: we rush to see our friend the sperm whale more closely. As if he had read our thoughts, he shows us his back and lifts his tail, so that Camille can take all the required identification photos! After these emotions, it's time for the meal, while drifting off with the engine off, and receiving distant visits from many dolphins. Beautiful sunset, and it will soon be time for night shifts ...

Magical night, dream night! The sky is starry with an amazing Milky Way and we fall under the spell of the shooting stars. It's an oversized night: with the sound of a ferry in the distance, we are so afraid that it will come close to us because the distances are so difficult to assess in the dark. And then suddenly, we hear the breath of sperm whales lost in this immensity, and the dolphins come to play stealthily near the boat, it's surreal! We could never have imagined such a spectacle!

Tuesday August 15

2017 cymbal notebook 106So many emotions! Get up 6am for the first shift. We get up stunned by the night and watch the sun rise. Fantastic with the well-cut Isle of Beauty as a backdrop. Then we continue our journey, and there one breath, two breaths, three breaths, it's a ballet of sperm whales and we fall under their spell! Their breaths will remain forever etched in our memories. We approached them so closely at 7am. Then, we set off again and leave the Gulf of St Tropez. We continue to navigate when suddenly we discover three breaths in the distance. They are whales this time, and the approach is easy, we can admire then a few meters from them their impressive dimensions. So, reward with a little swim under the blazing sun (and 2000 meters deep!) And with the whales in the distance. Goodbye our friends! We then have a great appetite and enjoy a delicious cold meal of raw vegetables and melon carefully prepared by Colombe and Anaïs. We continue our observations, but this time under sail. What magic, this silence!

We then reach the islands of Porquerolles where we feel like Martians fallen in another world more cruel, with boats arriving at full speed like on a highway. We then make a beautiful anchorage at the Badine with an excellent meal of home made sausage and chocolate cake. And then surprise, the 15 August fireworks unleash our hearts with music coming from a coastal restaurant.

Wednesday August 16

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Hop hop hop 5:45 am standing on the port, at the cleat for the sunrise! Heading west, the day started well with magnificent seas. The watch shifts follow one another, and around 9:30 a.m. there appears a beautiful tuna hunt followed by a sunfish. Soon everything is linked, dolphins appear, as well as a whale! While waiting for the rest, Pietro cooks us pasta with bacon and tomato sauce that will delight our little stomachs. But hardly the meal started a whale reappears! He will be named Bob and will do the show for us throughout the lunch break. The obs shifts resume while Laura, Maïlys, Anaïs and Coco take stock on a groovy sound! They will take a break to observe a tuna hunt overflying gray shearwaters. The afternoon passes slowly and the wind picks up. Hop we continue the obs under sail in a wind of force 4. Pascale shows us her prowess at the helm and we go back north to anchor in Bandol. Along the way we will come across another sunfish and a multitude of shearwaters. Arrived at 18 p.m. at the Pointe de la Cride to anchor quietly: it's time for swimming with quality marine animal imitations! The whole crew then gets involved in preparing the ratatouille following chef Pascale's orders! We meet on the deck for the traditional aperitif, in music and admiring the beautiful light of the sunset! We move on to the meal prepared with love which ends with an apple and banana crumble (with Nutella of course!). A beautiful evening in perspective for our crew whose loud bursts of laughter sometimes make Antoine regret the silence of the sea.

Thursday August 17

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Being at anchor, it was a cool night and without night shifts so very restful! Colombe and Anaïs are the first to wake up to watch the sunrise, then Camille, Pietro and Pascale will join them for the first observation shift of the morning. But, at the stroke of 1 am, a collision with a cargo ship was avoided! (this one does not stop deviating its trajectory ...). Although we have optimal weather conditions, meeting our cetacean friends is rare. Finally, around 8am, blue and white dolphins make their appearance followed by a tuna hunt! The surprise of the day came during the meal with the jump of a stingray, the devil of the sea! (pleasure limited to Pascale, Stéphanie and Anaïs who were the only ones in the right direction). The passage of the ray will not prevent us from taking a swim! In the afternoon, Stéphanie had the right feeling with the dolphins because she saw them from afar. They came to give us a show at the bow of the boat which gave the crew morale. This last observation ends our expedition at sea. Road to Hyères with an anchorage at Badine where we were able to take our last bath in greenish waters but without sea devils this time. Last dinner all together on the Florenzo while telling each other our stories of all kinds of ski falls! Tomorrow, the boat will be cleaned up to make room for the next ...

Shipping of the 19 25 2017 August from Hyères   

Saturday August 19

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Arrival of the ecovolunteers Angèle, Cath, Geoffrey, Henri, Patrick, Siham, Virginie around 10:00 am - STOP. Discovery of the boat and all its "equipments" - STOP. Welcome by Camille ecoguide and Antoine the skipper. STOP. Assembly of the arbor, 'making' the beds, 'tidying up' things. STOP. 'Dividing' into 2 groups: group 1: 'coursing' chickens, eggs (not organic :(), 6 chopsticks and lots of other stuff (except the tea ball!) Group 2: 'Buvage' of tea and 'watching' the weather. Then long 'waiting' for the races delivered, therefore 'apperotage' STOP 'Stressing' Camille for the races STOP 'Storing' the races, 'shielding' the equipped, 'eating'. STOP . Too much wind so no outing today. STOP. Safety report = no kidding, we have lost Cath who wants to become a “potato peeler.” Shellfish and crustacean survey = heated discussion on the cardinal points: where is the north , the little features and how to measure the distance sperm whale and chamois Big omelette by Henri In the mood for the evening: 'djeuns' music!

Sunday August 20

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Given the weather, a quiet morning at the port of Hyères! Breakfast based on croissants, pain au chocolat, brioche with nutella and two-piece sandwiches (strawberries / apricots). After a good breakfast, intensive binoculars lessons then, use of the iPad app (some become geeks but not all!). Once everything is understood and mastered, shopping for glasses cord. The midday meal consists of a ratatouille and more chicken !!! Departure for an anchorage at Badine after tidying up the boat. A la badine: swimming with masks palms and a shower in the sea and preparation of an apple pie. Tonight we ate the chicken that ended up spilled and tomato pasta. This evening sudoku or binoculars, herbal tea possible ... We have lost track of time and we still haven't gone to sea. PS: don't forget to congratulate Angèle for the spilled chicken and the toilet closing valve. Some would like to change boats for Kim Kardashian's three-deck blue light yacht.

Monday 21 August

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Today is the big departure. At 6 am we weigh anchor, everyone is on the deck to see the sun rise (well almost all ...). The first quarter is set up (Angèle, Cath and Camille). Getting started with observation tools. After the freighter, sunfish. During this time, the others learn to identify collision routes and the use of the bearing compass. The first dolphins appear in the distance. Shift change (Geoffrey, Henri and Patrick). And suddenly a herd of whales (30) is seen thanks to their breaths. For 2 hours the whales were everywhere and we did not know where to turn. Then have lunch accompanied by a small surviving bird. "Gus" adopted the shoulders and heads of several of the crew. After a butterfly and a little water he resumed his journey (let us all pray that he arrived safely). The globis woke Camille with a fanfare. There were 2 of them and didn't care about us. Then new quarterback (Cath, Siham, Virginia). More globis: 4 including 7 young people and a baby. Nice show, and the baby who jumps! By stopping to look at shearwaters, we come across a sunfish. A few dolphins in the distance. Henri is at the end of the line, we haven't seen a chamois yet !!!!! We go to anchor in front of Bandol. Small sea bath and blue soap shower. Great dinner made by Antoine, a lamb stew, MIAM !!! Ps: Antoine is also disappointed, no seasickness on the horizon. We hope we won't be disappointed tomorrow! :)

Tuesday 22 August

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017This morning the captain started the engine at 5 am, heading for 30 days and one night at sea. For the more courageous, a magnificent sunrise over a milky sea with pearly colors. You would think you were sailing on the ice. Flight of flamingos then moonfish. Blue and white dolphins declare their love to us. Rocky the pierced whale made an appearance 2 nautical miles from the day before. Then a bunch of pilot whales want to play with us. In the afternoon, several tuna hunts appear. While following blue and white dolphins, we can see more imposing ridges in the distance: these are Risso's dolphins! Moms accompanied by their babies! Over the shearwaters, the hours pass. Suddenly we see the breath of the whales. So we play hide and seek with Charlie and Fantomas (the like ace!) For an hour ... and still no buff! We then stop for the night. Antoine, exhausted, collapses even before eating. Night shifts are organized after a hearty meal: gratins and chocolate cake. Patrick and Henri how the day before. Camille is forced to go to bed. In the twilight, music-loving and night owls pass by on either side. Freighters pass less than 15 nautical miles from us, cetaceans blow nearby. Cath and Siham take over, all is calm, the sky is magnificent, a dolphin is heard. Then it's Angela and Geoffrey's turn: we watch the Milky Way to the sound of cetaceans. Camille and Virginie arrive: things are rolling, and there is a risk of collision: Camille takes the helm and initiates an avoidance maneuver. We are safe. At 2:6 am, the obs' start again.

Wednesday 23 August

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017This morning, nothing new: a few blue and white dolphins and a large group of globis with babies ... At noon, Rocky interrupts our lunch, then blue and white dolphins (a mash). And the obs' must start again urgently at the sight of the scarified ridges of the Rissos! With babies and old patriarchs. Finally Angelo the sperm whale blows on the horizon and lets us approach before probing in the depths. On the way back to the coast, we come close to 3 sunfish which immediately disappear and we slalom between the freighters. Anchorage in Bandol. Still no chamois ...

Thursday 24 August

Synopsis Cybelle Planète 2017Last day: get up from the anchorage in Bandol at 5 a.m. Departure at night so a few stars and the lights of Bandol gradually become small. The day will be punctuated by a few furtive encounters: blue and white dolphins, fin whales, a back, a fin, a breath, a hope and then nothing! A few tuna hunts and their companions the birds ... Nothing to do with the previous days and it's great like that: we still have dreams !! May everyone eat these few days in their own way, keeping in mind the infinite generosity of the sea and its inhabitants. Thank you to them for these even the most stealthy meetings where humans do not decide anything.