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Old 07 October 2006, 13:59   #1
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Alderney run - Weekend 16/17 June 2007

Hi, i am new to the whole ribbing thing and i have just purchased a new 5.2m rib with 90hp outboard. I am still waiting for the boat at the mo. I keep seeing people posting threads on going to the channel islands and i'd love the challenge next year once i've learnt much much more on safety and navigation etc. Basically would you say i could do the crossing in my new rib or not? Is it too small? I'd appreciate your comments. Thanks, Tom
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Old 07 October 2006, 14:20   #2
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Tommy,

Like you I would like to do something more adventurous next year. I believe my boat is capable and would like to tag along with some like minded people.
How about we let this thread run for a little while and then see if some planning type people come along with knowledge of such a trip.

In my case I would need as much notice as possible so I could guarantee the time off and i would need to tell my insurance company because I don't think it covers the French side of the channel.

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Count me in if you fancy a cruise to Alderney. Its only 55nm from the Needles, 205 deg mag.
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See. Their we go the Power of RIBNET !
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Tom,

Hopefully we can get a few more then we can start looking at some dates.
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Thanks for the reply chaps. I'm definitely up for the trip next year and it'll be nice to do it with someone else. Like you say, leave this thread running for a while and then maybe we'll know more.
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I fancy this too, Alderney then on to Jersey would be my desire. Thats one of the reasons I ordered a Ribcraft with a deeper hull, for some offshore cruising. Expecting delivery in Feb, so would be up for a channel island cruise in the Summer. I guess around July is a good time, generally lighter winds and warmer seas. Roll on 2007
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Looks like quite a few of you fancy this then. Could be a good little weekend away or something. Alderney first like you say and then off to other islands too. Camping and a couple of beers!
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Camping! Aaaaaaaarrrrrrggggggggggghhhhhhhhh!
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Take some spare fuel cans with you - petrol is far cheaper than mainland UK.

I found the journey to be a piece of cake - mind you the conditions were great and the boat is a 9m but considering I had never been on the boat before it went very well. Couldn't have done it without my trusty Raymarine though!!!

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research.../maws_pic.html

Check this before you leave - you can see EXACTLY what conditions you will face mid channel.

Be warned it is a lot colder out there than you would think - Guernsey and the mainland were sweltering - about 26C but mid channel is was down to 12C = good job I had a ski mask.
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Old 08 October 2006, 04:51   #11
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Camping! Aaaaaaaarrrrrrggggggggggghhhhhhhhh!
Can you recomend a good B & B or Hotel in the channel islands that might be flexible with booking ?
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Can you recomend a good B & B or Hotel in the channel islands that might be flexible with booking ?
Not really as have only ever been there on a yacht.

There are plenty of hotels & GHs:

http://www.alderney.gov.gg/index.php/pid/44

I fancy a splurge at the Braye Beach Hotel.
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Andy,

Looks like at least three of us are up for this. Shall we set a date and see if any one else wants to join us. Shall we look at a date in June ?
I would prefer May because I can then look at doing a couple of more trips over the summer once I've got some experience under my belt and identified a few places to stay. Unfortunately during the May Bank Holiday RIBNET do the Littlehampton run. I also work all the Bank Holidays I can as they pay well.
Are we going to settle for an overnighter for the first trip. Leave the UK about 1000 hrs on the first day. Get to Alderney, tie up then eat, drink and talk boats. On the second day start off about 0900 hrs, pop over to Guernsey, for lunch then motor back to the UK.
I think we will also need to seriously consider making plans for a backup/foul weather plan, ie put the following weekend aside, just in case.
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I fancy a splurge at the Braye Beach Hotel.
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If you can afford the Braye Beach Hotel you can afford to pay for the whole of RIBNET to eat lunch next time we meet.
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I don't have a problem with doing it at anytime of the year. Besides avoiding the wind I have the kit, boat and willingness to go at almost anytime of the year.

Because I work shifts time off can need a little working out and I will also need to sort out my insurance. I am on a safety boat course in November and I am going to speak to the instructor about getting an ICC.

Seems to me that we need to formulate a basic plan and then be flexible about exact timings as we wait for a window of weather to allow us to do it over a weekend.

Might even be worth doing it over a long weekend. IE leave UK Friday afternoon and head for Aldernay, Saturday go to Guernsey and maybe give the French coast a blast but not land, staying in Guernsey on the Saturday night. Sunday leave Guernsey and head back to UK.
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I'd be interested May/June time

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I'd be up for a run across as well, pretty much anytime suits me so will happily go with the flow.
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.....and I'll come out from Alderney to meet you, if you like?
And show you round the island as well?
An R.V. say 10-15mile out?
Just let me know the dates closer to the time.
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Just checked out the post i left on here and it looks like its gonna be a good trip next year. I'm free whenever really as i can arrange my work as and when. It will definitely be better to go in a group. May/June sounds great. As soon as possible! Well not quite yet as i haven't even collected my rib yet. It'll be nice if you(Brian) can come out meet us and show us round (the pubs!). Maybe i'll go for a b & b too, the camping didn't seem to go down too well.
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Old 09 October 2006, 16:06   #20
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I also fancy a trip like this but am restricted with time off.

i will keep watching this thread and if when the time comes i can get away then great!

Remedy is away for repairs and modifications at the moment but should be ready again early new year.
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