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Old 29 August 2013, 17:52   #31
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It appears St Vaast is quite popular in October !

Hotel de Granitiere has rooms from 55 whist HOTEL DE FRANCE ET DES FUCHSIAS has some rooms from 99 euros. Fuchsias is closer to the marina and has some good write ups. Will keep an eye on both over the next week to see how the bookings are going.
You could look at Grandcamp-Maisy, which is also locked in & has a good size marina. Not as pretty as St-Vaast but a lot cheaper. There is/was a very good restaurant on the harbour popular with the Paris glitterati who considered it worth the trip. You are also further into D-day territory with more to see.
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Old 01 September 2013, 18:19   #32
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Really looking forward to this
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Old 02 September 2013, 08:43   #33
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Have spoken to the HM for St Vaast today and confirmed the lock opening times for the weekend of the 12/13th October

Saturday 12th open 13.51hrs close 19.11hrs (French summer time)

Sunday 13th open 15.32hrs close 20.37hrs (French summer time)

Therefore plan is to meet off Yarmouth (allows people to get fuel if required) ready to depart at 11.00hrs on the Saturday (UK time). Leisurely cruise over to St Vaast, distance from the Needles approx 68nm. Arriving St Vaast at about 14.30hrs (15.30hrs French time).

Petrol is available 24/7 in the harbour, its self service and takes Visa.

No need to book marina - plenty of space.

Theres a supermarket 2km from the harbour for any essentials.

So far those who have expressed an interest in cruising over

Landlord
Whisper
AJ
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Ian M
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If only half manage to come along will be a good end of season cruise, just need good weather and to book B&B
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Old 02 September 2013, 09:04   #34
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Can't justify the full cost of taking my own RIB at the moment, however I'd love to do a trip to France one day.

I would however like to come along as crew and share the costs if someone is willing to put up with me
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Can't justify the full cost of taking my own RIB at the moment, however I'd love to do a trip to France one day.

I would however like to come along as crew and share the costs if someone is willing to put up with me
I'm in a similar situation. Would love to join you, but... my idea of fun (an adventure!) is not the same as my family's idea (a sunny beach!) It would be a great experience.
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Can't justify the full cost of taking my own RIB at the moment, however I'd love to do a trip to France one day.

I would however like to come along as crew and share the costs if someone is willing to put up with me
Andy, you are more than welcome on Jianna. I think if you deal with my thirst, NOT Jianna's, that will be good enough

Sorry. gtb, only one spare seat at the moment, the other seats are taking a little rest in Hamble
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Looks like Hightower might be sorted with Ian M, cheers Ian.

Gtb - I have a spare seat as Jo cant make it that weekend. However Whisper might be on mine so will let you know later. Although I'll still have spare seats if you don't mind the armchairs in the back
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Sarah and I are in. Looks like there is some fun wave jumping to be had near the harbour
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Gtb - I have a spare seat as Jo cant make it that weekend. However Whisper might be on mine so will let you know later. Although I'll still have spare seats if you don't mind the armchairs in the back
I'll bring my pipe and slippers.

Thanks for the offer.
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BTW A.J. and Sarah, you MUST enter the harbour by going to the EAST of that island and then in a WESTERLY/ NWESTERLY direction.
If you attempt to go in to the WEST of that island you run a severe risk of grounding on the amphibian's "road".
Also please, please bear in mind the "lobster pots" that act as a minefield for the unwary just to the south of that breakwater.
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