DAY 7 Wednesday 28th
Having breakfasted, and with the incentive of trying not to get stuck in the marina where we too slow, we made our way over to the boat, and exited the marina. A quick stop off at the Boatworks chandlery by the fuel pontoon wasted some time, and gave us a few bits and bobs that we’d like to add to the boat, before we set course for Jersey. An easy crossing was had for the first 15 miles or so, cruising at around 40knts, before a rough patch off the tip of Jersey forced us to slow down to 25, and this continued till we were nestled right in St. Helier bay.
Needing oil –quite desperately to be honest
- we stopped in La Colette and got some from the nice man at GT marine. By lucky coincidence (I smell a setup
) Gotchidad caught sight of Keith driving past, and even though we had already arranged to meet for lunch, we firmed our plans, and motored back round to the holding pontoon were they ferried us over to St. Aubins following the old railway line to the Old Courthouse Inn where we had a very nice (if a little chilly and wasp infested
) meal. After running us back to the boat, we waved goodbye to Keith and Sabrina for the final time, and set off for home. Despite experiencing the roughest conditions encountered all trip, I followed the “faster will be better” terminology, and despite the force ľ conditions, powered on at 35knts, completing the crossing in 1hr7mins, the fastest we have ever done it, averaging out at just over 30knts, a very respectable achievement I feel in those conditions
(also for my patience in ignoring the pleass for mercy from my navigator
All in all we had a spent a very nice week with one and all, met new people, and made rough plans for next year. IN the coming weeks, we hope Keith and Sabrina will make the trip down, maybe Matt would join them too? Looking to next year, Blue Ray and her crew look set for a tour of the northern Brittany coast, and for us, a run up to the Scillies should be on the cards
Many thanks to any of you that bothered to wade through the garbage I’ve written above, and finally, long overdue, a big thank you to everyone who organised the trip and all those who braved it to make the crossing!