The dates are as per the initial post. The RV will ultimately depend upon who's coming: we have previously met at the Fairway Buoy at the start of the Needles Channel or at a designated waypoint between Poole and the Needles. These can be somewhat uncomfortable in swell, however, when a RV off Alum Bay (in the lee of the IoW) might be preferable. All lend to a final refuel at Yarmouth or Poole. Although to be finalised, with HW on 20 July being mid-morning between Poole and Southampton, I suspect a RV around 10am with a view to getting to Alderney for lunch would be good.
So far as doing the crossing is concerned: a crossing of around 70M with a lot out of sight of land (and if past conditions are anything to go by, out of sight of anything!) is not to be undertaken lightly but is perfectly do-able in a small craft. Weather is likely to be the deciding factor: larger boats will go in less favourable conditions but on any cruise like this, all boats look out for each other and nobody will be left behind. Having said that, to avoid the crossing being unecessarily protracted, I would have thought that all craft should be capable of doing at least 25kts (preferably nearer 30kts) in the conditions on the day and be able to carry sufficient fuel for a range of 100M. Reliable VHF comms are also essential.
Mrs A and I are certainly expecting to be there and hope to see as many of you as possible.