Assuming that the weather is OK and the cruise goes ahead, I'm happy to co-ordinate info on any of the Boats / Ribs / PWC that are intending to participate.
Here's my suggestions...
I recommend that anyone that hasn't already done so registers their boat with the HM Coastguard's CG66 Voluntary Safety Identification Scheme - if there are any problems it means the coastguard have a head-start on what they are looking for.
Ideally PM, text or e-mail me with as much of the following info as you feel you want to give:
1. “Real” Name
2. Ribnet Name
3. Boat Name
4. Boat description (make, length, colour, engine, fuel type)
5. Mobile phone number.
6. Number of people hoping to be on-board - ideally with names and other mobile numbers if they have them.
7. Where you are launching/starting from.
8. “Home” contact – ie someone that could be contacted if there are any problems.
9. Where you are staying on Alderney.
10. Intended return date (as some people are thinking of staying on for a few days longer).
11. Anything else you think might be useful in case of any incidents or breakdowns.
Have a passage plan prepared so if you lose your satnav you know what bearing to follow and for how far.
Make sure you have studied the approach to Braye/Alderney Harbour so if we end up in fog you know what approach to take so as to avoid the rocks! If you don’t have your paper charts at home to study, I’ve found it well worth subscribing to UK Wide Harbour Pilotage, View Full Size Marine Charts Online
where you can view detailed charts on your PC.
You don’t need your passport or ICC for the Channel Islands, but I’d suggest you bring them anyway if you have them just in case anything goes wrong and you end up in France!
Please remember that this is an informal cruise, and every skipper is responsible for their own passage planning. Whatever other boats decide to do and whether to go or not, it is up to each skipper to decide whether the weather conditions are suitable for their boat and their experience.
Lets hope the weather plays ball....