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Where are they all? Does Nationality Dictate The Places Where Circumnavigators Go?

Published on 21 march 2017 at 0h00

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Firstly, here’s a little bit about me: I’m British, so a native English speaker, but I’ve lived half my adult life in France, so I speak French too.  This is not unusual, but because I have two languages, I’ve never worried about going to places where they speak either one or the other.  I’ve got no idea whether I’ll be allowed to stay here once this crazy Brexit business eventually takes effect, so maybe it’ll be time to slip the lines again for foreign parts. We’ll have to wait and see.  But somehow I’ve never felt quite as relaxed in places where I have no grasp of the language.  Off the beaten track in Turkey or Greece for example.  Sure, we had some great times there, but it’s not quite the same. So I often find myself in anchorages where there are Anglophones or French-speakers.  But I’ve come to notice that there tends to be only one or the other in one place.

There are thousands of people out there cruising, but in the main, I’ve found that there are places where folk speak mostly English, or places where it’s mostly French that you hear.  Does this mean there are places where only English speakers go and places where only the French go?  To a certain extent, I think this is the case.

As an example, I was chatting to a Frenchman recently who had completed an “Atlantic circuit”.  He had sailed from France down to the Casamance River, somewhere that most Anglophones have never heard of it, but the French all go there!  (It’s in Senegal, a former French ...

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