First of all and most importantly - Paul - I'll call you later I had no idea you weren't well?
Chris - We should be passing though there on that date sometime in the afternoon depending on weather!
PeterM - It's so early we haven't even called the marinas yet but really what I'm after is advice on which marina to stay in, diesel availability, even suggestions on different venues that would suit the trip better?
250kts - Nothing is booked yet - I think that it would be best on Town Quay for exposure and we have friends at Salterns
SPR - Thanks for the PM
Alan - At the moment we are still heading for Poole but you're making a good case for Portsmouth!
Tony Hill - Maybe we could pop in and say hi as we're passing if we have time!
Dragonhawk - Sorry the fleet is reduced to one! We'll do our best to put on a show - we have quite an impressive rooster!
To everyone - Thank you for such a wonderful response on this thread, in PM's and by email (email@example.com) - What we are looking for right now is local contacts at marinas on our list, the PR company who work for our sponsors E-Lites are currently working away like beavers trying to make the best of the situation so that I can go to people with the full story of how much publicity we'll be giving people so I expect to be calling everyone next week asking for a berth for the night!
Fuel availability is also a criteria for us as you can imagine, and if I can get anyone to give us some very cheap or even for free that would be even better! For every litre I get I'll add 50p to the kitty - does everyone think that's reasonable?
We would obviously like to raise some more money on the way round (or even before we set off), so if anyone has any brilliant ideas that would be brilliant.
That's all I can think of for now - maybe some ideas for lunch stops where we can rattle the tin en route?
Thanks again you lot - you're brilliant!