07.00 Kathleen, Paul & Myself left Port Solent and collected Andre & Simon Everett on route for Dover. Had a very pleasant trip over to Calais, where our transport to the Marina was waiting and my new Rib
. The back of the lorry was very comfortable, nothing suspicious at all with 4 blokes bundleing into the back of a lorry at the Port with a 9m Rib with 550hp on the back!!
Anyway we eventually found the entrance to the Marina, and the crane guy to lift the Rib off the trailer. Timings were very tight as we arrived it was about 4pm and the marina shut at 5pm leaving us 1 hr to get the Rib inflated, craned off and fuelled. Not bad only €40 for the use of the crane, mind you I did just after put 400 litres of fuel on board at a lovely 85p/litre not bad for a marina.
The Rib was tied up ready for our departure at 07.00hrs on Sunday Morning. I will just quickly add, Calais is a pain in the arse Marina, we were restricted by the tides and the opening of the road bridge which had a last opening at 07.17 on the Sunday then again at 15.30 in the afternoon.
Then a lovely evening followed in the hotel restaurant, ready for the trip back the next day.