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Old 07 September 2009, 05:20   #71
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Come on Indian Summer[or have we got to go to INDIA for one!?

Obviously the Channel trip never went ahead,we did however catch up with Avocet and his charming wife Ginny at West Bay for a bit of a blast which blew the cobwebs away!
Would like to thank them for a good day,and evening in the pub!
Also Avo and myself deffinately up for the Crossing anytime there is a weather window so not given up yet!...[.YOU'RE ONLY BEATEN WHEN YOU GIVE UP!!]
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Well West Bay isn't France but at least Mrs A and I made it there (and in so doing proved that the postponement was the correct decision) and had a great day meeting Maximus and his lovely wife Karen.

We left Poole at 10.15am rather than 9.30am as planned (owing to a misunderstanding between Mrs A and me: when asked what time we needed to leave, I replied "9.30" which she understood as being the house but which I had meant the marina!).

As a result, we got within sight of West Bay at 12.30 rather than 12.00 after a very bumpy ride westwards (15kts max across Weymouth Bay - and so proving the decision to postpone the French trip as correctand - and some 25kts max across Lyme Bay). On he approach I put a call out for Mr Jingles and duly received a reply from Maximus to say that the boat had been successfully launched and that he was just paying his harbour dues. Somewhat strangely, as we arrived in the harbour, Mr Jingles was moored to the pontoon but no sign of Maximus or Karen who arrived five minutes later. It later transpiredthat they had been paying their harbour dues at the harboumaster's office rather than harbourside and that Maximus had answered my call using the harboumaster's radio which was monitoring CH16!

After an excellent lunch in The George, we went for a blast further West to Bere. The weather had improved and we could have gone on but Mrs A and I were feeling the effects of the morning's bumpings and we returned to West Bay after stopping off at Lyme Regis for a couple more drinks (thirsty work this boating!).

Having helped recover Mr Jingles, we then spent a very pleasant evening over more drinks and supper in The West Bay and said our goodbyes to Maximus and Karen who were driving home before retiring to our B&B for a sound night's sleep.

The weather in the morning was much improved and we set of on the return jouney at 10.00am and in consideably calmer (though not flat) conditions arrived back off Poole just before midday having failed to refuel at Portland (where fuel is now normally available but the petrol pumps were u/s). Off Poole, we met another friend who had come out to meet us in his RIB and we went on to Yarmouth for lunch and a refuel. 175l over a 135M voyage gave about 1.3l per mile with which I was pretty pleased (although the speeds involved weren't that fast).

All in all, a great weekend which went a good way to making up for the disappointment of postponing the French trip. I'm not sure for when it will be rescheduled but, as Maximus has said, we both remain very keen on the idea so watch this space.....!

In the meantime, here's a photo of Mr Jingles and crew in Lyme Bay (only the one photo since Mrs A only took three and the other two were out of focus!)
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Right decision

We decided on a short consolation trip on Sunday ,so off to Gunwharf for a blast .On leaving Chichester Harbour we got an engne overheat due to weed picked up .Stopped the engine and cleared the weed only to find the exhaust elbow fractured and sea water being pumped into the bilge .Good job we did abort the French trip !
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Consolation

No such consolation trip for me, although glad to see that Avocet, Maximus and Lurcher managed to get out. The West Bay trip looked good and probaly not far off the distance to St V and back. Full marks for making the effort.

On another note look at the bloody weather now great timing, if there is any chance the weather holding through next week, maybe tuesday - wednesday any takers for a dash to Cherbourg or St V? Just a thought!

In the meanwhile back to the millstone.
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We decided on a short consolation trip on Sunday ,so off to Gunwharf for a blast .On leaving Chichester Harbour we got an engne overheat due to weed picked up .Stopped the engine and cleared the weed only to find the exhaust elbow fractured and sea water being pumped into the bilge .Good job we did abort the French trip !
Ouch: sounds expensive and could have been v problematic mid-Channel!

We heard a boat with mechanical difficulties at Chichester Harbour entrance talking to the Coastguard (well the CG side of the conversation). Was it you?

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No such consolation trip for me, although glad to see that Avocet, Maximus and Lurcher managed to get out. The West Bay trip looked good and probaly not far off the distance to St V and back. Full marks for making the effort.

On another note look at the bloody weather now great timing, if there is any chance the weather holding through next week, maybe tuesday - wednesday any takers for a dash to Cherbourg or St V? Just a thought!

In the meanwhile back to the millstone.
That's a great idea Mick and the lock times fit: open at 16.44 BST on 15 Sept and close at 10.50 BST on 16 Sept. With the kids back at school, though, I might have some difficulty finding a crew mid-week (especially one that I'd want or be allowed to share a room with! )
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Not us we were able to continue with bilge pump doing its stuff , 320 so far and counting they suggest a new water pump too I dare not tell you how much that is ! She may be watching .
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No such consolation trip for me, although glad to see that Avocet, Maximus and Lurcher managed to get out. The West Bay trip looked good and probaly not far off the distance to St V and back. Full marks for making the effort.

On another note look at the bloody weather now great timing, if there is any chance the weather holding through next week, maybe tuesday - wednesday any takers for a dash to Cherbourg or St V? Just a thought!

In the meanwhile back to the millstone.
I have got a few commitments at the mo guys,[Buisness does get in the way of my liesure time!!]but if the weather looks 'good'..hmmm-- I'll do my BEST to juggle things around if it looks like a goer! Cant commit till the weekend though.
[Keeping the euros on standby!]
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Chaps, weve not confirmed but clearly any chance of a crossing this week is out. I'm still very keen to go but will leave it open to suggestion as to when that might be.

If no crossing takes place always keen to take part in any local trips of interest, cold weather no problem!

Cheers Mick.
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Hi Mick
If the french thing dosant work out what about the BIBOA Weymouth trip
3/4 Oct realy good bunch and i am sure if i speak to Julian , no need to join for a one off trip, i have been loads of times and its a great night.
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Roy thanks for the suggestion, I'll keep it in mind, assume its down on Saturday and back Sunday?

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