Originally Posted by Erin
If it was good conditions and there was no rush, I'd press on. Even with a fixed VHF set Alderney Radio quite often can't hear you round the back of the island, so you'd be relying on Jersey or Guernsey anyway.
There was no rush, other than a tight weather window. Alderney Radio were shutting and then staying shut for a few days, but then like you I tend to call in to Jersey CG soon after departure anyway.
I could have made the call the Jersey by phone, but as has been pointed out they have no obligation to look for me if I over run. First and foremost in my mind was that if I had a major problem and only had a few seconds in which to make contact, no fixed set would have been a real disadvantage in mid-winter.
In any of the other three seasons there are usually plenty of other boats about and an urgent call on Ch 16 would have a solid chance of being heard, this time of year I doubt anyone would have noticed a small RIB in trouble.
For this reason I buckled and got a lift to the airport. It was vital that I make the trip and to be frank turning back would not have been on my todo list, either I leave in confidence or let the plane take the strain.