Portsmouth the Alderney took four hours at a leasurely 22-24 mph, stopping every hour for coffee and allow the boats to group together again. Alderney through the race to Jersey another 3 again stopping every hour. Takes a bit of nerve switching off the engine when your 30 miles from land, but all part of the fun. Petrol dead cheap in Jersey take anything that will hold fuel. Smallest rib on the trip was a Flatacraft 17 ft rib with 60 hp Yamaha. No problems if the weather is good and the boat well prepared. Its the crew that give up first rather than the boat. Interestingly it was the big ribs that had all the problems with engine to stern drive shafts braking on two off them.
'Orrible little 2 stoke engines just carried on smoking like a pusser on capstan full strength, oh apart from a BWM which the tubes fell off, but then it was built by Messrs Lemmer and Co, so nothing new there then
still, patched (an appropriate name for it) it still made it home. Great trip and will be doing it again soon.