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Old 22 June 2003, 13:59   #11
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Brian,

How long was Mark's passage from Jersey to Camaret? (I'd look on my charts, but they're still packed somewhere in the house in a box marked "Pickfords") - it sounds like a long way. And Charles, did you escort Mark along any of the 2nd leg?

And do you know what route they took around Finisterre? Presumably an inshore route?

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Old 22 June 2003, 14:23   #12
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Mark's second leg will have been about 140-150nmiles. For the first 110 of that he will have been running alone.
I don't know the detail of the Cap Finisterre route unfortunately-I didn't do the route planning for them on this one. I guess they will answer it for you when they get back and read this thread. I gather that the route was scenic however (between showers) with a bunch of "rock dodging" going on.
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Mark left Poole, virtually stright south, through the Alderney Race and then on to Desormes, a nav bouy roughly between Sark and Jersey, where I met him. This took just about 3.5hrs. This morning I took him back out to Corbiere where he proceeded on a wsw heading skirting past the Roche Douvres on the northern side. Hew as heading for an area called the Chenal Du Four - I looked at this on the charts and it looked pretty hairy, lots of rocks etc. Mark reasoned that it is all very well bouyed.
Obviously he got through Ok because he rang at about 16:30 to report his arrival. Richard -its time to buy THAT rib and stop being an armchair exporer!
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Day 3....and disaster strikes !!

After leaving Cameret this morning, on a beautiful day, and with a good following sea, suddenly disaster struck!. Magellan Alpha went over a wave doing about 28 knots into a large black hole. The complete sponson assembly ripped right off the bow, back as far as the cabin. Copious amounts of green water covered the whole boat.
Now the nature of the design of this rib is such that if water enters the deck area of the boat, it will pour through into the cabins. Consequently both cabins (helm and sleeping) were flooded to a depth of about a foot, ruining bedding, clothing and other personal effects.
This coupled with the fact that the cabin then drains into the engine compartment means action needs to be taken fast. All hands were put to the pumps to get rid on the on-board water whilst the boat wallowed at rest.
How to proceed now with the sponsons ripped back?
Mike then donned his survival his survival suit, entered the water and putting a rope through the bow towing-eye, ran it back under the sponson and fastened it securely in place using his winch.
Both boats have now proceeded to L’Orient where they are safely tied up in the yacht harbour.
“One of those character building moments” said Mike.
The marina engineers are not working today, but early tomorrow they hope to lift MA out of the water and re-glue the sponsons back into position.
This setback is likely to shorten their planned cruise somewhat as Mark has a deadline back at work.
Meanwhile they are off to have a good meal and a bottle of wine (or two!).
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Crikey - been there done that - not much fun I can assure you! Shows how quickly things can go wrong. How is Di, and what will they do after the repairs?
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Sorry to hear about your bow sponson, hope are are well and you get it fixed so you can carry on with your cruise.
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What terrible news. I take it that they're all OK and "shaken but not stirred"?
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Just spoken to Mrs G.
Shaken but not stirred I think is the feeling at the moment.

Apparantly the sponson broke free so hard and fast that the brass fittings on the bow, that clamp down the anchor line/mooring ropes, came up and nearly went through the cabin window into their faces. (Shudder!!)
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Hope the glue is dry for the Orkney trip Mike G

Anyway I'g just glad you and Di are okay. We await the FULL story.

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Very sorry to hear what has happened but glad you are both ok.

Look forward to hearing that all is fixed and well very soon.

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