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Old 25 May 2004, 17:49   #1
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Trip accross the Channel

We took Asheyd's Scorpion on her first cross Channel crossing last weekend. The trip from Poole to Aldeny was great with perfect sea conditions - see photos. Unfortunately the same could not be said for Saturday! We were heading for Saint Vaast but encountered some pretty nasty weather, with confused seas and for a period of about 20 minutes waves up to 4 metres coming from all directions. It's at times like that that you really do know that adrenaline is brown... We took sanctuary in Cherbourg for the rest of the day and night.

On Sunday sea was calm again and we had a fast trip to Saint Vaast for a long lunch. On the way in we were joined by a pod of 5 bottle neck dolphins which was an amazing sight. I would highly recommend Saint Vaast, but you need to check the times that the lock gates open and close.

The trip back to Poole was a real blast. Even with all the kit on board, 4 people and a full tank of fuel we were cruising at 39 to 40 knts most of the way home.

I will try and post some more phots later in the week. We hope to join up with some forum members for a trip in the near future. Are any of you following the Round the Island Race in June?
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Old 25 May 2004, 17:52   #2
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It sounds like you had an exciting time! Would love to see some pictures.
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Thanks for your reply. I tried to post some pics but I cant get them to attach. Must be doing something wrong!
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Old 25 May 2004, 17:57   #4
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Have you looked at John's advice: Uploading pictures ?

Once you've saved your picture appropriately (right size and type) you need to go to 'reply' and in the 'Additional Options' box, click on 'Manage Attachments'. You then click 'Browse' and find the file (picture) stored on your computer and attach it. HTH!
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Old 25 May 2004, 18:40   #5
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I thought that I did, lets try again.....
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Great pics. If you fancy cruising in company next time, give us a shout!

BTW, did you know BIBOA do a channel island cruise every year? Might see you there.
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Nice one Brambles - looks like a great trip.

Certainly intend to follow the Round the Island Yacht race again... pics from last year are on this thread: Round The Island Race June 2003
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Thanks for your kind comments. It will be good to meet up at some point during the Round the Island race. We shall be leaving Poole on the Friday evening and mooring at East Cowes for the night. We intend be out on the water in time for the first race (sore heads permitting) and then come back in to Cowes mid morning for breakfast, then back out again.

I will post a few more pics of the trip to France when I have them emailed accross to me from the other guys, who fortunately all took cameras. My camera battery went flat on Friday night & I didn't take the charger. Call myself a photographer??
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more pictures

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Lovely pics. Nice to see you christening her with champagne! Hope to see you on the water sometime.
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