James stevens weighs up the op­tions:

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Lam­paul is ex­posed to wind and swell com­ing in from south and west. It’s also prone to poor vis­i­bil­ity as the in­com­ing warmer, more hu­mid south­west­erly winds pass over cooler Euro­pean wa­ters.

With this fore­cast he should leave as soon as is pru­dent – first light the next day, as night pilotage in strong tides around this area is tricky, and they’ve al­ready had a busy night cross­ing the Chan­nel. Head­ing for Audierne is tricky with a strong south­west­erly com­ing in. The Raz de Sein re­quires pre­cise nav­i­ga­tion and ti­dal plan­ning, and go­ing round the out­side of the out­ly­ing rocks adds both dis­tance and a hard beat. My pref­er­ence would be to bear away for the un­clut­tered ap­proach to the Baie de Douarnenez, fin­ish­ing up in Douarnenez it­self. This is a safe and lovely place to rest, and still makes a sat­is­fy­ing step on the route south.

With hind­sight, Lam­paul wasn’t the best place to stop. It does il­lus­trate the im­por­tance of look­ing at a se­quence of syn­op­tic charts be­fore head­ing off to get a clearer idea the over­all move­ment of weather sys­tems for your planned trip.

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