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Old 26 October 2010, 16:49   #11
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Well, we're here.....Fuel closed....abysmal crossing.....no clothes or anything... or place to stay.....some would call us stupid, but I just think we've been intrepid!
How long are you in the island for and where are you staying? Maybe we could meet up before you return to France.
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Old 26 October 2010, 16:52   #12
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Total thread hijack, sorry. But... Is there any interest in a winter Jersey land-locked meet?
Do you mean an evening in a pub talking b*llocks? If you do, then I'm well up for that.
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Old 26 October 2010, 17:17   #13
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Do you mean an evening in a pub talking b*llocks? If you do, then I'm well up for that.
Me too
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Old 26 October 2010, 18:49   #14
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Looks like quite a few of us will be here this friday or saturday then?
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Looks like quite a few of us will be here this friday or saturday then?
Looks like I may well be delivering some AIS gear on Friday or Saturday too.
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Well, we did manage to pop up to Jersey yesterday. Conditions were fair till half way past Minquiers, but still managed ~15-20knts. Last 5nm into St. Helier were really bad, reduced to 10knts crawl, and getting rather wet. It was unfortunate that the weather only decided to turn inclement when we had passed the point of no return fuel wise - although we set out with a 60nm range at 30knts, doing 20 the whole time had reduced this a fair bit (we always had a spare 20litres on deck for emergencies though. Having managed to find a bed to sleep in and some clothes to wear (We expected to make it an afternoon trip), and having spent a good evening with Keith last night were he explained in detail how lunatic he thought we were, we set back out this morning in probably even worse weather, but with the forecast saying that the wind should drop from a 6 to a 4 by mid afternoon.

It wasn't a particularly "fun" trip, for the first 5nm the waves were huge, and we remained at displacement speed all the way past the Minquiers, all in all it took ~3 and a half hours. (34nm, a trip weve done in an hour before). It was fairly monotonous, the only excitement being when waves actually broke over the tubes - due to our speed - but at no point did I ever feel unsafe, testament to the design of the Fletchers all those years ago
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Glad you got back ok. I did wonder whether you'd leave it 'til this afternoon when the wind was meant to drop, though by the looks of things it didn't actually drop 'til about an hour or two ago.

Did I really imply you were lunatics (maybe that's just cos I'm a coward). Lets hope it was all worth the effort and the Route du Rhum proves to be a good event. Make sure you post some photos, and go easy on the throttle - it must work out quite expensive per litre having to factor in a 70 mile trip, an overnight stay and some beers
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it must work out quite expensive per litre having to factor in a 70 mile trip, an overnight stay and some beers
Not my department.....
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Do you mean an evening in a pub talking b*llocks? If you do, then I'm well up for that.
I am flying into Jersey on Friday morning, at the moment I am flying back out that afternoon but would like an excuse for a half of shandy with an umbrella in it and stick around 'til Saturday.
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