Originally Posted by Erin
I didn't think Granville was on the passage plan? What happened?
Yep, the Mont St Michel Christmas Special didn't quite go to plan!
Left St. Helier at 07.15 in the dark, the first 15 mins weren't bad but once out of the lee of Jersey's south east the seas started to build with an F5 against the tide all the way down to Chausey. We passed east about Chausey, down past Granville after which the sea started to calm down slightly and MstM was visible through the early morning mist.
Unfortunately, once 3 or 4 nm SW of Granville, GJ0KYZ's Etec decided to do what Etec's do best
and throw a wobbler, went in to limp home citing lack of oil. Making very little headway against the tide, I took Archangel under tow back to Granville marina. Shortly before arrival normal service was resumed on the Etec but we decided to carry on in to Granville anyway for a bit of a break, stretch legs, bite to eat etc.
Took a walk up to the Coastguard watch tower then back to the boats and headed back out again for Jersey. It didn't take long for the sea to build again but we took it easy, 18-20 knots through most of it I think, the general consensus being that it was the hammering that Archangel was taking on the way out that caused the Etec to have a fit.
KarlT's the man with the photos, he'll be posting them up later tonight