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Old 30 August 2005, 07:46   #1
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Over the bank holiday weekend the sarf east gang popped over the channel to Dunkirk for a beer.

Leaving Dover after a heavy fried breakfast the two pre war sea riders manned by Daisy Duke (AKA Hannah Austin), Chris parker and myself in Chris's boat and Swifty, Swifty junior (Adam) and the Water Merlin (aka Neil Austin) headed out and across to South Goodwin before making the crossing over towards Calais, a quick left at Calais and we were in Dunkirk in no time at all, once birthed at the yacht club we found that Daniel (Top Bannana) was in the area and had decided to join us at Dunkirk.
After checking into the hotel we hit the town for food and beer, sadly Dunkirk seemed to close down fairly early so it was back to the hotel bar only to find that closed too
Sunday morning we met up with Daniel for a leisurely breakfast and wandered back down to the marina to pay up and head back across.
The run up from Dunkirk to Calais was pretty un eventful but once we turned out into the channel the sea lumped up quite considerable, heading back towards South Goodwin we made the decision to turn west and zig zag into the prevailing wind back into Dover.

The trip was great and a big thank you to Swifty and Chris P for organising, the sea riders although looking worn and tatty really lived up to there reputation as superb sea going boats, even to the extent that we ran head to wind in a force 3-4 without getting the slightest bit wet.
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Old 30 August 2005, 07:48   #2
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Few more pics of the trip
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Old 30 August 2005, 08:02   #3
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Great pics.
Now that we have passed those places last June and by seeing your pictures it wants me to go back again.
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Old 30 August 2005, 08:12   #4
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Thanks Danny

Could possibly be a trip for the future, you guys come down and we all meet some place, for beer.
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Old 30 August 2005, 08:23   #5
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Just to thank Bilge Rat for the great pictures and to add a couple of my own.

Adam is just 11 and helmed the outward crossing.
The weather was fantastic. horizon to horizon blue sky. Just how it should be.
More thanks to Geezer, Han, Rich and Southanpton Boy for a great weekend. I think they closed the bar for fear of us emptying it
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Old 30 August 2005, 14:33   #6
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Thanks Danny

Could possibly be a trip for the future, you guys come down and we all meet some place, for beer.
Will do that ! we'll see.
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Old 30 August 2005, 17:38   #7
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Great to see you guys...

We took a straight line crossing back to Ramsgate - it was luvley, nice building sea but still making 30-35knts all the way just getting more and more air. 49nm, a little under 2hrs.

Shame i haden't listened more to your plans - we could have shared a beer or three, Ostende next?
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Old 31 August 2005, 05:15   #8
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Great to see you guys...

We took a straight line crossing back to Ramsgate - it was luvley, nice building sea but still making 30-35knts all the way just getting more and more air. 49nm, a little under 2hrs.

Shame i haden't listened more to your plans - we could have shared a beer or three, Ostende next?
Hi Mate

yep I'm up for that, my wife has seen the pics and wants to come next time we go, maybe we can come and crew for you next time, then when she's experienced the power of the Bannana she might let me buy it
Chris want to do another trip soon so maybe we can work out something.
You have my emails and phone numbers, call me and lets get something worked out before we lose the summer.
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