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Old 22 July 2003, 15:26   #71
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Cyanide follows Mag. A. into Deauville harbour.
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Day 3 Saturday 19th
We were locked in till 11.00 by the tides at Deauville and therefore spent the morning sightseeing and doing some odd-job repairs. Mike Garsides Magellan Alpha had sprung a leak in itís turbo pipe. This was taken to Monsieur Galloise, he with the hoped T-shirt, beret and ever lit fag, who ran the local garage. He shrugged and said come back in two hours. Upon return we found he had put a weld on the pipe which might, but only might, hold till our return. So to play safe we left Deauville with just Cyanide and Awesome, and went west to Honfluer, an absolute gem of a town, and then on to the Bridge of the Europas, across the River Seine.
Returning in the early evening we looked in vain for 100foot high water spouts and other manifestations of terrible weather, but I am afraid we were out of luck. Looking at the sea, babies bottoms and cats pissing on glass came to mind. By lock-in we had all had quite a touch of the sun and the air temperature had risen to over 30C.

Honfleur harbour for lunch
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and local artist earning his keep.........
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Day 4 Sunday 20th
We had left our return leg open to provide us with weather flexibility. But the run across the bay (about 55nmiles) was uneventful apart from the magnificent picnic lunch sourced cunningly from patisseries in the town by your own correspondent, (whose command of the French language after only 24hours says a great deal for the patience of the locals), and eaten to the lazy slop of the sea about 4nmiles off Point Barfleur.
After a brief conflab and check on tide times, it was decided to run on to Alderney rather than overnight in Cherbourg.
Once again we braved the Alderney race to screech into Braye harbour with about 15mins to go before refuelling in the inner harbour became impossible. The famous Roland found us a buoy to raft up on overnight and we took the precaution of booking back into the Belle Vue Hotel by mobile whilst off France. Likewise in ABC Taxis we found a company with a large mini-bus to take the seven of us and our luggage.


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Day 5 Monday 21st
At 09.00 there were the beginnings of ďa light sea mistĒ, ie it was probably going to p***s down later. On with the drysuits and out to a bright and fresh channel en-route for our RV point about 15nm south of Start Point. As you all know, as soon as you put your suit on, out comes the sun. And for two hours, so it proved. Just as we were about to raft up and stop for our sausage sandwiches, the heaven opened and down it tipped. Sea state was fine, probably only Force 3, but anyway, impossible to eat our sarnies. So off we went for another 20 minutes until the rain stopped. We then lunched, I handed control of Cyanide to Andy Cox who was taking her on down to Falmouth with Mag. A. and I jumped ship onto Andy Micklewrights Awesome for the final 25nmiles into Brixham. We arrived there at about 14.00 hours.
Apart from some showers in the channel and (at worst) a very brief Force 4 on the Thursday, the whole trip was characterised by boiling sunshine and dead flat seas.

A great time was had by all, as we say.
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Excellent Trip

Hi Brian, Mike G, Andy M & Co,


This looks like a brilliant time was had by all. Those blues skies & flats seas french wine cold meats pastry's mmmm. i am feeling peckish already.

Well Guy's How can you surpase a trip like that?

By attending the great homecoming party in Portsmouth of course.

Please take a look at the Homecoming thread and you'll get the picture.

Hope to see you all soon
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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!
Hmm. Not so Bri. It'sa bit easier for us indoor RIBsters. Here's you and Awsome in a bit of a sea...
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Usefull info for Alderney visiters.

Mainbrayce Chandlery - Pat or Steve on 01481 822772 or VHF 80
An amazing array of chandlery, electronics, charts. Very helpful and friendly and operators of the diesel refueling point in the inner harbour. Fuel berth best avoided by ribsters a couple of hours either side of low tide.

Mainbrayce also own the water taxi service 07781 415420 or VHF 37 ( or just speak to Pat !). £2 to get ashore £1 to get back to your boat

ABC Taxis 01481 415420. They have a minibus as well.

Belle Vue Hotel-01481 822844
Steve Collins on http://www.bellevue.alderney.com/
Superb views and scrumptious dinners

Harbour Master has a top class weather program running on a large flat screen on the counter. It shows hour by hour, over the next 5 days, the weather for the whole of the western channel.
We checked this through VERY carefully before proceeding to France.
We also checked with our rib.net mate, "Gingercoastie" who gave us the v. latest weather update.

Ribnet member "Seahound" who lives on Alderney.

Thanks to all of you for making our trip not only enjoyable, but safe as well.
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'an then again, on the way out, you thro' my windscreen...
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