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Old 08 June 2004, 15:30   #11
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Once the net was removed, Andy found that there was no drive on the port engine/leg. Not wanting to overload the starboard engine, Scorpio towed Awesome Explorer into Braye Harbour, Alderney.

1. Top Banana pauses off the Alderney coast (Daniel, Kevin (Aging Youth), Kathryn (Froglover)).
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Old 08 June 2004, 15:42   #12
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Monday morning

Needing to kill time to give Awesome Explorer a head start as she would be proceeding to her home port at only 9 knots, we hired a Mini Moke to explore this little paradise island.

1. Daniel said he'd like to stay forever, and luckily we found this little place was free, having been vacated by the druids a couple of thousand years ago.

2. Fort Tourgis.

3. Kevin & Kathryn arrive in the Moke. Note Aging Youth's personal number plate! In fact, he seems to run a fleet of at least a couple of thousand vehicles, all with personal plates!!!

4. Oldest pub on the island. "Do you think we look like tourists?" said Daniel.
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The tour continues...

1. Platte Saline. Beautiful!

2. Kathryn & Louise paddling at Arch Bay.

3. Is that a mermaid over there? Oh no, it's Aging Youth, doing his impression of a gnome on a rock!

4. Aging Youth can't resist taking a dip.
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1. Fort Clonque, which is managed by the Landmark Trust and can be rented as a holiday home (sleeps 13 - anyone for a cruise to Alderney??).

2. Our hotel, the Belle Vue. I think they were expecting Jackeen's Missus!

3. An Alderney 'phone box. The post boxes are blue too.

4. Time to head back to the boats so we loaded up the Moke with our luggage and all looked the other way when we passed a member of Alderney's police force. We reckon we probably outnumbered their entire force anyway .
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Old 08 June 2004, 16:09   #15
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Heading for home (with a little detour)...

All too soon it was time to leave.

1. Aging Youth helming Blue Ice.

2. Leaving Braye harbour.

3. The Micklewrights made sure we would stick to the plan and catch up with Awesome Explorer mid channel by taking our lunch as well as their own!

4. Having retrieved our lunch, we stopped to eat it!
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Old 08 June 2004, 16:15   #16
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The final leg...(no pun intended!)

1. Aging Youth helms Top Banana. He & Kathryn have already bought their yellow Geckos in anticipation of being the next owners!

2. Blue Ice somewhere in the English Channel.

3. Cruising along the coast of the Isle of Wight.

4. Just when we thought we were home and dry... the engine overheat alarm sounded. So the leg was lifted but all was in order. Hmmm. Naughty Richard, playing with the trim too much so the poor lickle engine was deprived of water.
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Old 09 June 2004, 16:22   #17
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Great to meet some of you guys at RIBex and put faces to names and boats.
Looks as though you had a fab trip. Donít want to make you too jealous but I had an equally enjoyable day stuck in an office in sticky central London Ė NOT ! Well I have to pay for the toys some how I suppose !
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Great to meet you both, too, Peter & Trudie. Can't wait to go to Alderney again, so if anyone fancies going, please let us know and we'll come too. Would love to spend a few days there, exploring the Channel Islands and French coast.
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Old 10 June 2004, 01:01   #19
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Would love too but although my boat would have been fine in the pictures shown,I am not convinced that it wouldn,t turn into a bit of a nightmare if there was any wind,say force 3 upward.
Bearing in mind I have a 7 year old child,is there any rule of thumb about how big a RIB should be to contemplate this trip with a fair degree of safety?
Also what paperwork is reqd -SSR-Certificate of competence-VAT certificate?
aside from passports of course.
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I've done a few channel crossings in a 5.8 metre RIB with no problems despite some interesting conditions. The trips were always in company with other RIBs and although I never felt in danger it was really hard work at times.

I wouldn't personally take a small child on a trip like this, even in a much larger RIB.

As for paperwork, you probably won't be asked for anything but it's best to be prepared. Take whatever you would need for France in case your plans change though (passport, SSR, ICC, insurance, proof of VAT etc).

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