Every skipper, after receiving all the information he believes relevant, should make up his own mind about whether he should take his boat to sea.
All those who made the decision to abandon the Deaville BIBOA Cruise made absolutely the right decision.
The worst a skipper can do in my view is to allow himself to be swayed by peer pressure into going out when he suspects he should not.
We decided, after taking our own independent specialist advice, that we would go.
So on Day 1, Cyanide followed Awesome and Magellan Alpha out of Torbay at 07.00 hours on Thursday the 17th July.
For us Alderney was to be our first stop as it was only 65nmiles away and we could refuel inexpensively there.
An hour out of Alderney we went through a rather damp squall and were soon outside Braye harbour, in what can only be described as interesting wind-with-tide conditions. The ride in to the outer harbour was white-knuckling, to the extent that everyone forgot to take any photographs!
After refuelling, we hired mini-mokes and toured the island and were joined later by Mark Wildey (and Frank) from Poole in Jellygnite Two. Frank had come over for a game of golf (as you do) and was reputed to have been practising his tee swings from the top of Mark’s engine-box.
We also met “Seahound” who welcomed us to his island and made us feel amongst friends.
Andy Micklewright (Awesome) checks out The Swinge to the west, between Alderney and the Casquettes.