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Old 21 June 2003, 12:05   #1
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Bay of Biscay Cruise

For those of you wishing to follow their progress, here is the first news of The Garsides in Magellan Alpha and Mark Wildey in Jellignite Twos' journey across the Bay of Biscay.

Mike and Di left Falmouth at 11.45 this morning and have just phoned in from L'Aberwrac'h in Brittany. The crossing of 95nm was achieved in almost exactly 5 hours with the first half being characterised by a strong and uncomfortable easterley which kept their pace down.

Mark, after leaving Lymington early this morning has now arrived in Jersey and met up with Charles. No doubt some serious drinking this evening then!

Magellan Alpha, being a large cabin rib will offer the Garsides most of the comforts of home, and they intend to sleep on board throughout. Mark also plans to sleep on Jellignite but has only a canvas cover in the forpeak and a blowup mattress (I said MATTRESS!) that leaks. I shall be asking Mark not about the quality of his sleep, but whether he slept at all!

they plan to meet up tomorrow morning and proceed together to Camaret.

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Old 21 June 2003, 12:29   #2
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About the photo you have just put on the forum. Are the driver and co-pilot seats stand up bolsters?? If so, do you know the manufacturer. I am after some stand up bolsters with manual drop away seats - can you help with info on who makes them in the UK.
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Old 21 June 2003, 15:57   #3
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Sorry Steve.
These are jockey seats built as standard by Scorpion.
The seats may have, (at your option) "wings" to give better sideways stability to your back.
Attached a photo from a diferent angle.

I only know of two types of "stand-up bolster".
One is the American manufactured type for whom I believe Ballistic act as the UK agents.
The other is the new Scorpion seat, the squab being electrically controlled, and I can vouch for their superbness.
I suspect mucho-bucks though.
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Re: Bay of Biscay Cruise

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For those of you wishing to follow their progress
That certainly includes me... keep up the news, Brian.

Cheers,
Richard.

(BTW Camaret is one place I would really, really love to go by RIB!)
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Brian is not the only one with the updated news..... I have Mark with me in Jersey after Lee Dare (TW-18) and I hung around the north of Jersey waiting for Mark. A couple of phone-calls later we found his number only for him to phone us passing Alderney. Anyway, we met up and proceeded into Jersey on a flat calm sea. Lovely BBQ down at St.Ouens Bay this evening. Mark will set off to RV with the Garsides tomorrow.
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Mark and Jellignite at Corbiere.
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Arriving in St.Helier.
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Yeah just to add we were worried about Mark only to eventually find out that he was running late which was a relief to hear.

But i wish the guys all the best for the trip. If only I had a bigger boat Maybe next year!!


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Leaving Jersey this morning Sunday 22/06 10:45. Thunderstorms, lightning and rolling thunder, plus a good dose of rain saw Mark off.
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Well they did meet up, at about 15.00 hours this afternoon, just outside L'Aberwrac'h.
One small mishap so far-Mark left his toiletries kit back in Jersey with Charles!
After an afternoon of seriously mixed weather, bright sunshine, dark clouds, rain, thunder and lightning, strong winds....and back to boiling sunshine, they finally made it into Camaret at about 17.00 UK time.
They have now moored up, opened their first bottle of wine of the day, whilst Mark earnestly scans the shops around the harbour for a new toothbrush.
Tomorrows plan is to start at 08.00 and go down to Belle Ile for lunch at Le Palais, a distance of about 95nm and then on to Ile D'Yeu, a further 50 or so miles, for the night.

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