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Old 13 June 2017, 17:48   #1
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Round Something 2017 - Channel Islands

This year we've decided to do a slightly less ambitious cruise than last year's Round Denmark one.
It should be a bit warmer at least, as it's Round the Channel Islands and bits of France.
Here are the current planned route and dates, in case anyone local wants to meet up and/or join us for bits of the cruise.

Friday 23rd June:
Probably meet in the evening in the Southampton / Hamble area for those arriving on Friday.
Saturday 24th June
Leave Southampton area early(ish) for St Vaast La Hogue. Its about 80nm from the Solent so assuming 3 1/2 hours cruising time (longer if its rough) an 08.30 start will get us there for locking-in.
Sunday 25th June
St Vaast to Cherbourg (am)
Cherbourg to Alderney (pm).
Monday 26th June
Alderney to St Peter Port, Guernsey (approx. 25nm).
NB its spring tides of around 11m, so beware of strong currents and overfalls.
Then Herm and/or Sark in afternoon. Overnight on Herm (2.3nm from St Peter Port), Sark (a further 3nm from Herm) or stay in Guernsey.
Neither Herm or Sark have marinas, so its swinging moorings, anchor or a drying harbour.
Tuesday 27th June
Guernsey to Jersey approx 35nm - maybe via Les Ecrehou or Goury.
Overnight in St Hellier (Jersey) in the marina.
Wednesday 28th June
Jersey to Ile de Brehat (Approx 40nm) or Saint Quay Portrieux ( a further 12nm)
Overnight camping (or hotel or B&B) on Ile de Brehat or for those who want a marina, on to Saint Quay Portriuex, approx. 12nm from Brehat.
Thursday 29th June:
Ile de Brehat to Saint Quay Portrieux then St Malo (Approx 50nm less if you start from Saint Quay Portrieux).
Overnight in St Malo Port des Sablons.
Friday 30th June
St Malo to Mont St Michel (about 30nm) then Mont St Michel to Carteret (40nm).
Its high tide at Mont St Michel at 11.47, so if were keen we can have an earlyish start to get there on the rising tide and make sure we leave before it goes out again. Its neaps so only a 7m tidal range that day.
Overnight in Carteret (or Jersey).
Saturday 1st July
Carteret or Jersey to Cherbourg via Dielette, Goury and/or Port Racine for Coffee / Lunch etc.
Approx 45nm total.
Overnight in Cherbourg.
Sun 2nd
Cherbourg - Solent Area.
For the whole cruise, the total distance Cherbourg to Cherbourg is about 350 miles, and about 80 miles each way from the Solent.

There's 9 or 10 boats going, with a mix of Ribs and hard hulls. Participants are from Germany, Belgium, and North, West and South of the UK so communication should be interesting, with the Northerners and West Country yokels having to brush up on their proper English accents.

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Old 14 June 2017, 06:41   #2
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Na then fetler is tha sayin that us Lancy lads ave a communication problem ?
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See. I didn't understand a word of that.
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See. I didn't understand a word of that.


Please allow me

I say there my good man. Are you implying that those of us from the Northern climes, are somewhat lacking in communication skills?
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Participants are from Germany, Belgium, and North, West and South of the UK so communication should be interesting...
"Repeat please!"

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I say there my good man. Are you implying that those of us from the Northern climes, are somewhat lacking in communication skills?
Thanks for translating old chap.
I'm sure they'll soon pick up the local lingo - init bruv
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Thanks for translating old chap.

I'm sure they'll soon pick up the local lingo - init bruv


Whatevah!
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Yes - that just about sums it up!
What can possibly go wrong?
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Yes - that just about sums it up!

What can possibly go wrong?


Looks a good trip, I can recommend the oyster bar in St Vaast. Whilst in St Vaast a visit to http://www.maison-gosselin.fr/ is an absolute must (old chap)
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I'm taking 3 grandkids plus one on this trip Pikey and you want me to take them into a very expensive looking french sweetie shop !!Noooo
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I'm taking 3 grandkids plus one on this trip Pikey and you want me to take them into a very expensive looking french sweetie shop !!Noooo


Ach! Yer good for it, no cash points in heaven.
BTW, the "French Sweetie Shop" has an excellent wine cave & Scotch Whisky room...just sayin' like
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In that case you might just have tempted me
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In that case you might just have tempted me


If you want to entertain the kids for an afternoon, a walk around The Hogue & the Vauban Tower is really interesting. At low tide you can walk across to Tatihou & explore the old forts & WW2 fortifications, well worth a (free) visit
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Sounds like a great trip in one of my favourite areas. Sadly I'm going to be sailing that way, and maybe slightly further West towards Ile de Batz, in early July, so unlikely to be able to RIB it as well!

I hope you al have a great trip, I look forward to seeing the pics and hearing the stories.
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You might also be aware of a load of mussel string markers that surround the entrance to St. Vaast. Or at least they were there when I last called, ahem, in the middle of the night, about 03.00 hours. Nightmare getting through them.
They were like lobster pot floats, but black. Handy at night.
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You might also be aware of a load of mussel string markers that surround the entrance to St. Vaast. Or at least they were there when I last called, ahem, in the middle of the night, about 03.00 hours. Nightmare getting through them.
They were like lobster pot floats, but black. Handy at night.


if approaching from the north, don't be tempted to cut the corner by the outer Fort on Tatihou. There's a good marked channel but you need to keep well south to pick up the fairway. IIRC there's south cardinal mark that you need to clear before turning into outer harbour.
You can pass between the La Dent & the Gavendest cardinals, don't be tempted to cut behind the La Dent bouy.
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If all goes to plan we'll be approaching on a falling spring tide so won't be taking any risks by cutting corners (literally ).
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Give us a shout when you get to Jersey and we'll come down and say hello. Might even head out to Carteret with you if I get a day pass from wife and daughter. I see you've got Chausey on your chartlet but not mentioned in the itinerary. Worth a visit as it's quite beautiful there, a bit like Isle de Brehat.
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