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Old 07 October 2006, 14:59   #1
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Alderney run - Weekend 16/17 June 2007

Hi, i am new to the whole ribbing thing and i have just purchased a new 5.2m rib with 90hp outboard. I am still waiting for the boat at the mo. I keep seeing people posting threads on going to the channel islands and i'd love the challenge next year once i've learnt much much more on safety and navigation etc. Basically would you say i could do the crossing in my new rib or not? Is it too small? I'd appreciate your comments. Thanks, Tom
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Old 07 October 2006, 15:20   #2
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Tommy,

Like you I would like to do something more adventurous next year. I believe my boat is capable and would like to tag along with some like minded people.
How about we let this thread run for a little while and then see if some planning type people come along with knowledge of such a trip.

In my case I would need as much notice as possible so I could guarantee the time off and i would need to tell my insurance company because I don't think it covers the French side of the channel.

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Count me in if you fancy a cruise to Alderney. Its only 55nm from the Needles, 205 deg mag.
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See. Their we go the Power of RIBNET !
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Hopefully we can get a few more then we can start looking at some dates.
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Thanks for the reply chaps. I'm definitely up for the trip next year and it'll be nice to do it with someone else. Like you say, leave this thread running for a while and then maybe we'll know more.
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I fancy this too, Alderney then on to Jersey would be my desire. Thats one of the reasons I ordered a Ribcraft with a deeper hull, for some offshore cruising. Expecting delivery in Feb, so would be up for a channel island cruise in the Summer. I guess around July is a good time, generally lighter winds and warmer seas. Roll on 2007
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Looks like quite a few of you fancy this then. Could be a good little weekend away or something. Alderney first like you say and then off to other islands too. Camping and a couple of beers!
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Camping! Aaaaaaaarrrrrrggggggggggghhhhhhhhh!
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Take some spare fuel cans with you - petrol is far cheaper than mainland UK.

I found the journey to be a piece of cake - mind you the conditions were great and the boat is a 9m but considering I had never been on the boat before it went very well. Couldn't have done it without my trusty Raymarine though!!!

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research.../maws_pic.html

Check this before you leave - you can see EXACTLY what conditions you will face mid channel.

Be warned it is a lot colder out there than you would think - Guernsey and the mainland were sweltering - about 26C but mid channel is was down to 12C = good job I had a ski mask.
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