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Old 17 December 2013, 16:43   #51
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Cruise looks like it might still be on

We're now looking at staying at one port and using it as a base. Cruising each day to one of the other ports and then returning to the base camp in the evening for a quiet libation and a natter

The chosen port is Ouistreham and it looks like the only available accommodation is camping. The good news is that the campsite will not take booking until the 2nd January 2014 for the time we are interested in. Therefore there are no bookings at the current time, so it will be first to book will get a camping pitch. They do have 372 pitches so we stand a good chance of getting in.

I will be calling the campsite on Thursday 2nd January 2014 to book some camping spaces. The camp site is http://www.camping-p...s-ouistreham.fr

We will be planning to arrive on Wednesday 4th June 2014 and leave on Sunday 8th June.

There are a number of RIBs wanting to come from Holland, Belgium plus the RIBs from the UK. Therefore if your interested let me know. I will speak to the Camp site again tomorrow and ask about deposits etc.
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Old 29 December 2013, 15:44   #52
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Quick reminder if anyone is interested in crossing over to France for the D Day beaches in June, the only accommodation that may still be available is the Camping in Quistreham. Bookings for pitches will only be accepted from Thursday this week for June.
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Old 07 January 2014, 17:32   #53
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Latest update....

Finally on Friday, got through to the campsite who had already filled most of the pitches. It also transpired that there was only one shower block for over 400 pitches so not ideal. Therefore I have knocked on the head the idea of going to the D Day Beaches on the proposed original dates.

However the weekend of the 11/12/13th July is possible. Therefore I propose the following;

Depart Solent early Friday 11th July and head over to Ouistreham. Book into the marina and then take a short taxi to Pegasus Bridge. Return to Ouistreham and stay the night in the hotel L'Ecailler which is opposite the marina. They currently have 6 rooms left, IanM and myself have already booked 2 rooms. L'Ecailler , Ouistreham, France - 7 Guest reviews . Book your hotel now! - Booking.com

Saturday depart Ouistreham and head round to Mulberry Harbour. Short stop in the middle for photos before heading round to Carentan (depending on time) or straight to Cherbourg. Hotel Chanteryne in the marina is available and has good availability at the moment. Again we've already booked 2 rooms.Hotel Chantereyne , Cherbourg, France - 254 Guest reviews . Book your hotel now! - Booking.com

Both hotels are offering no booking charge until arrival and free cancelation so if we have to cancel we don't loose any money. Both hotels have been booked through Booking.com

Therefore to summarise

Friday 11th July 2014 - Stay in Ouistreham

Saturday 12th July 2014 - stay in Cherbourg

Sunday 13th July 2014 - leisurely return to the Solent

Hopefully as this is now planned for July we stand a reasonable chance of some settled weather with the option of cancelling nearer the time if the weather changes and not loosing any money
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Old 10 January 2014, 02:20   #54
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Hotels are filling quickly in Quistreham. If anyone is possibly going the hotels are free cancelation and pay on the day, you need to book ASAP.

Confirmed so far,

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Old 10 January 2014, 03:35   #55
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I'll look at this nearer the date. All being well I'm in and er in doors
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Old 11 January 2014, 13:02   #56
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I'm hoping I can make this one - it might replace our (almost) annual Alderney run this year.
I'll be sleeping aboard the Shearwater so no hotel or campsite bookings needed!
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Old 11 January 2014, 13:37   #57
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I've been talked into this one as well. If we have a few days like today it will be stunning. I'm fully committed to doing some better cruising than of later years. People might look at a channel crossing as daunting but it's not. Someone long ago explained it to me in a simple way. He ask how many hours is on you're boat I answered about 500 then. He ask if I'd ever broken down in that time. No. He said so even at cruising speed you've done over 12000 miles another 100 won't hurt. A night trip in company might be nice as well. Anyone?
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I'd like to do an overnight crossing biff, we'll dust off magellan echo for that this spring / summer er?
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The new d day cruise dates are close to the PBR round britan, which although not committed yet I am hoping to do. If that doesn't work out I'd love to join this trip.
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The new d day cruise dates are close to the PBR round britan, which although not committed yet I am hoping to do. If that doesn't work out I'd love to join this trip.
Quick trip across the channel will make a good shake down run for your boat
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