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Old 31 October 2010, 14:17   #61
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"Esquina" (ex Corryvekkyran) the 11m cabin Redbay seem to make it easily enough. Shame you didn't come down, it really was absolute mayhem, we met up with a couple of the Cap guys and it was fantastic: proper report and photos to follow
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Old 01 November 2010, 06:23   #62
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I knew the day was going to live up to expectations when it dawned clear and bright, if a little breezy, and the Police Municipale were on duty to control the crowds waiting for the water taxi at our sleepy little port.

I have no idea how many boats were out on the water at Pointe du Grouin, but there had to be several thousand. They came in all shapes and sizes from three Brittany Ferries, two Condor ferries and tens of smaller vedettes usually used for tours round the outlying islands, down to the smallest rib and hard motor boats. Lots of yachts turned up, as did the odd kayaker and jet-skier. The latter weren’t meant to be there, but it would have been impossible for the authorities to police the restrictions.

Immediately after the start, there was utter mayhem. I hadn’t appreciated that the start wasn’t just for the competitor yachts, but also for the chasing pack as well. In conditions which were far from glassy calm the leading sailors made a good 20 knots and many of the following boats struggled to keep up. Some of the boats followed a single yacht, which was quite a sensible idea since it meant you didn’t need to cut across the “motorway”, but we were successful in getting close to the top 4 or 5 yachts and followed them all the way to Cap Frehel where they entered a restricted zone which appeared to have been used as a mooring place for the all the spectator boats coming from the West. The SNSM boats did a fair job of moving boats along so that the competitors got a clear passage.

I attach a few pictures of our day and a short video, but it wasn’t easy to stop for photographs. You needed 360 deg vision to keep clear of traffic. I didn’t see any collisions, but it is impossible to think there weren’t any during the day. We did hear several distress calls for engine breakdown, but nothing more serious fortunately.

I recommend a visit when the race comes round again in four years’ time.

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Old 01 November 2010, 06:24   #63
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Some very dramatic photos there!

It certainly looks like quite a spectacle, worth putting in the diary for 2014
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The video shows how quickly we were all moving to keep pace with the boats, and how close all the spectating vessels were
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That's quite some wash being kicked up by all the chasing boats. The bit of video shows it well. I had wondered why Condor Vitesse was so off course when I saw it on AIS, I didn't realise it was doing a bit of sight seeing along with everyone else. I've always wondered what it would be like to be under the bows of that thing (so long as it isn't doing 30+kts at the time)
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The whining in the video is the supercharger of the Verado 350 in front

Couple of other interest ribs, one large ~9m+ with triple 275 Verados I think, but it had NINE Ullmans. That's well over 25,000 worth of seats alone

Ex-corryveckyran also looked very good, although it nearly rammed us at one stage when I had to dodge under his bow in order to avoid the boat ahead of me which had slowed down.

You either had to hold station in a space you claimed as your own or blast about like a manic, in order to get a variety of pictures of all the fleet.

P.S. The red Solent bucking along behind the yacht is the one from Cap Breizh
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Talk about mayhem! I knew I was going to be missing out but conditions further north were much worse, couldn't really justify the long slog.
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You mention something about jetskis not being allowed to join the other boats. Can I ask why this is? Do you know if there are restrictions on jetskis in French waters?
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