Originally Posted by Avocet
Having resolved at the start of the year to organise a trip to France, I'm finally getting around to it.
Am proposing to cross from the Western Solent on either Friday 4 September (for a two night stay) or Saturday 5 September (for a one night stay) to St Vaast la Hougue and return on Sunday 6 September.
St Vaast is a small port about 10M south of Barfleur on the Eastern coast of the Cherbourg peninsular and, for those that were on the Alderney run, is about the same distance with a similar crossing time. Entrance to the marina is by a lock gate necessitating an arrival by 12.55 BST on 4 Sept or 13.27 BST on 5 Sept. The town has a camp-site and a number of hotels in a range of price brackets. Details of the town and facilities are available at: http://www.saint-vaast-reville.com/en-GB/index.html
(the English site is still under development: let me know if anyone needs any translation!)
We would only want to do the crossing in company: we already have a couple of interested others but does anyone want to join us?
David, Hope you are well.
Assuming arrival at around 1330 ish, we all probaly need to allow 4 hours journey time and start thinking about departure times (0800 Chichester) tides and RV's for those making the trip.
Those of us leaving from Chichester will be looking to meet up with you chaps at a point and time to be to be confirmed.
I'm just chasing my crew and will reconfirm shortly.
As per the Alderny trip its likley those traveling should prepare a manual passge plan to back up GPS stuff etc. ( I know its a stright line but!)
We wont have the same advantage as Alderney (local yacht club) so we ought to also think about a plan for the evening, I'm sure that we can find a decent place to eat and drink once we are there. Perhaps DIY during the afternoon. Assume leaving will be similiar time the next day and that refuelling is straightforward?
Can I suggest we also adopt a plan ( we didnt for Alderney) to deal with any vessel that breaks down, I know I would rather have a slow tow and some company tow than none at all. We also need to decide when to call off the trip if the weather is looking dodgy and what we will do in the event of unforseen thick fog. Finally someone needs to take the lead on this or the trip might flounder, David as its your trip are you happy to take the lead?
Hope to see you all soon. Mick