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Old 02 December 2013, 13:33   #41
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We'll be in Barfleur for most of August, it would be good to meet up
Sounds like a decent Idea!...Taking the Dive gear I trust Dave
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Old 02 December 2013, 16:18   #42
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Is there a particular campsite you'd recommend in Barfleur Dave?
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Old 03 December 2013, 17:11   #43
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Update and not good news, have to cancel this cruise at least on these days as there are so many organisations / clubs already going and booked that accommodation is scarce to say the least.

Have spoken to tourist offices, hotels, marinas etc and not looking good. Summary below for the chosen dates.

Honfleur Harbour berths Unlikely Accom yes

Ouistreham Marina Yes Accom No (closest 23 miles)

Grandcamp Marina No Accom No (20+ Miles)

Carentan Marina No Accom Nooooo

St Vaast Marina maybe Accom No (1.2 miles - 2 rooms)

Cherbourg Marina Possible Accom Maybe (1.7 miles - 5 rooms) But rooms in hotels going fast

Overall consensus 'you must be barking mate' or the French equivalent

Dont fancy Le Havre or day trips out from a harbour - sort of defeats the objective. Really need to be going to the places of interest and staying the night.

Tourist office - "Busiest time of the year and this is a big anniversary". Camping maybe or camp on boat. Both I don't really fancy especially if its wet.

This has to be easy to organise because if we have to cancel due to weather it needs to be easy to reschedule.

Looks like a rethink on the whole trip so at the moment it's a no go
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Bit of a Bugger Mate,but I know what its like sorting a one or two nights Cruise/stopover...... HERE!
So appreciate the effort Nigel
Worth mentioning Camping??.. Seems a bit 'Wimpy' not to.. in light of the Venue and anniversary.......
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Bugger indeed...
Bad news Nigel, allready though this might get difficult...

Allready thought of "base camp" for us when joining in, driving to Ouistreham, lauch boat and settle down @ campingground across the channel (just over a mile by road, click here), where trailer and maybe family who do not want to go out in the boat can be left behind for a couple of days of holiday, a lot of things to see from shore as well, Caen itself is nice! They rent cabins as well.

Allthough I checked this to use this as base camp and join in with the UK gang, and return @basecamp a couple of days later, it could be used as camp for daytrips. All destinations, with exeption of Cherbourg can be easily reached with daytrips, Isigny sur Mer is a just under 100mile trip there and back, no need to spend time in a big industrial environment (le Havre).

Allthough I partly agree with "sort of defeats the objective", this is the best alternative I could come up with... If daytrips are a no-go things unfortunally don't look good , I appreciate the effort made Nigel

Does a reschedule make things any better or is this area difficult the entire season?
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Might have some good news - will update over the next few days but might still be on although reverting to camping.

Have a number of Dutch boats wanting to join us and some more RIBs from Belgium so it would be rude not to make this happen....

I may be going to France with Ian M and one mystery member - on the 2nd January to visit a couple of places to ensure we can book somewhere. The place we have in mind does not take bookings until January hence going in person to book !

If your still interested in joining in shout up but it may be camping and basing ourselves from one port for the 4 nights. More info to follow
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Might have some good news - will update over the next few days but might still be on although reverting to camping.

Have a number of Dutch boats wanting to join us and some more RIBs from Belgium so it would be rude not to make this happen....

I may be going to France with Ian M and one mystery member - on the 2nd January to visit a couple of places to ensure we can book somewhere. The place we have in mind does not take bookings until January hence going in person to book !

If your still interested in joining in shout up but it may be camping and basing ourselves from one port for the 4 nights. More info to follow
Is there any mileage in a two harbour stop - with day runs out to places of interest? The most historic part of the Normandy beaches probably lies between Isigney and Honfleur. So what about a stop in Deauville for three nights and then one night in St Vaast? Although they are both lock in situations Deauville's new outer harbour can take boats through a large part of the tide. I would possibly bring the Protector, staying on board being the option.
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Unfortunately it comes down to accommodation - those with cabin RIBs have it sorted. No accommodation available in the popular stop overs hence a base in Ouistreham and day trips out from there.
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Further to this - from Deauville there are many short hops to do if the weather suddenly looks iffy. Honfleur, Le Havre, Ouisterham (Pegasus Bridge etc) are all reasonably nearby - and a cruise up the Seine is a possibility. I have stayed in Deauville many times and it has certain advantages. If the weather really goes bad you can park boats safely and take ferries home if it becomes necessary. (I have had to do that in the past!) I have also hired very good scooters there and taken off by road to see the sights in the past. I know that sounds extreme but contingency is always nice to have!! Further to that I would personally leave Cherbourg as last option on the list - its easy to do any time but a good place to go if the weather looks bad / tech problems / refuel on the return. Do not mean to interfere - only throwing some ideas in the pot towards an event that is surely a great idea.
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Unfortunately it comes down to accommodation - those with cabin RIBs have it sorted. No accommodation available in the popular stop overs hence a base in Ouistreham and day trips out from there.
Think Ouisterham is a great place always - and very near Pegasus and the West Beaches. Landlord do you know if they allow RIBs up the canals into Caen? Another idea could be to contact the local yacht club in Ouisterham. They are just inside the lock on the left past the big lighthouse as you go in. They are a very friendly lot in there and always give the Brit boaters a good welcome. Plus they have quite a big park / garden area. They may let us pitch some tents / use the shower facilities etc.
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