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Old 30 October 2004, 18:51   #81
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Hi Rupert
Andy took the boat down on Tuesday. The only good day this week and 1 day before the storms.
I gather he damaged himself jumping off the boat (nearly) onto the dock-but missed. He spent most of the day Thursday in casualty!
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Old 31 October 2004, 10:43   #82
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Sunday Morning update

I wont give the time of this posting as I am confused enough already today!

Anyway, the lads went over to Sark last night and moored up in Gosselin Bay
They climbed the hill up to the main village and checked into The Stocks Hotel for the night.

They are leaving for Herm this morning as Sark seems unaccountably to have run out of alchohol !!

They will lunch in Herm and then (presumably because of the same problem of lack of sufficient liquid stocks) they will move on to Alderney to spend Sunday night in Braye harbour.

Doubtless discussions will continue there, late into the evening, as to the best plan for Monday. The French nation, having braced themselves for a shock this weekend, seem to have had a narrow escape.
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Sunday evening update

By now the lads had emptied all 3 islands of booze and the nautical equivalent of the Hell's Angels have now swept back into Guernsey to drink that one dry too.

Photo evidence below shows (L to R) Scorpio, Cyanide and Jelignite tied up in St. Peter Port.

Charles has now to return to Jersey where tomorrow morning he is opening yet another branch of his retail empire. Philip Green is said to be rushing to the island from his Monaco HQ, cheque book in hand.
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Thanks for the updates Brian. Nice to hear they are all well and will (hopefully) have a pleasant run back. Wouldn't like to have their hangovers though!!

Would love to take Blue Ice to St Malo sometime. Maybe next summer? Would like to do a bit of a cruise: Channel Islands and Northern Brittany, taking a week or so to do it in a leisurely fashion. I think Daniel was planning something similar.
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local update

Met the guys about 4.30 today and lent one of them my mooring so they had an easy way of getting to the other boats out in the pool in the morning then found them a hotel and somewhere to drink as that seemed to be top of the agenda after finding a place to stay.

Pity I couldnt stay to help them drink the establishment dry but I already had a famly dinner I had to attend. Any way good to meet them all some for the first time some not.

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Monday midday

Just got a call from the lads, now in Alderney (are there any other islands left with a pub on them?).
They had finished refueling at Mainbrace and were having a chat with the esteemed Roland before setting off back to the UK.

Hugo's Revenger has had some small problems: mainfuel tank leaking petrol onto the deck and tube beginning to split away from the hull. But they are in the company of Mark/Jon and their Scorpion "Jelignite". They will have about 60/70 miles to run.
Andy, on the other hand, is single-handed in Cyanide, and unaccompanied. He has 112nmiles to run, as the crow flies. We are watching his progress carefully in a fresh Force 4 N.Easterly. He should get to Falmouth around 1800 hours tonight, just in time to make sure all the nav. lights are working properly.
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Monday afternoon

Drama Drama
Andy Cox in Cyanide has had the Bravo 1X leg on the boat fail a few hours into the trip back. After declaring a Pan-Pan he is now being towed back into Braye harbour by the lifeboat eta 1800hours.
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Sorry to hear that, Brian. How many hours had the leg done?
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Hi Brian

Does this sound like the same thing as last time or will you not know until it's pulled from the boat ?

See I've been reading up on all the trips.
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That's awful. I assume it'll be replaced under warranty but that doesn't make up for all the worry, annoyance and additional expense. Hope Andy and Cyanide will be soon be home safe.
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Old 01 November 2004, 18:35   #92
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(K and P - I was nearly right!)

All this typing and phoning has now exhausted your correspondent to the extend of him having to seek solace in the demon drink for the rest of the evening. So probably no more postings till tomorrow.
Thanks for all the updates Brian. Just back ourselves.

Sorry to read about the incidents.

Hope all is well with everyone?

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Bad luck (again) matie.

I might consider accepting a broken scorpion in part exchange for a reliable outboard osprey !

Hope Andy made it back OK, don't fancy dealing with all that on my own!
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Tuesday morning

Alderney lifeboat towed Cyanide back to Alderney arriving 1830 last night. Andy cold, wet and knackered having been towed back into the weather at low speed.
He stayed overnight at one of the lifeboats crews house-he runs a B&B.
This morning the boat is being lifted out and Andy will strip things down to find out what parts are needed. We then need to source them, have them delivered to Braye and then fitted and tested.
I gather that Hugo and Co. left the Revenger there as well, as they regarded it as unseaworthy, and flew home. Mark and Jon have made it safely back to Poole.
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Hi All
Safely back in Alderney after a grim tow back (about 18 miles) into some pretty big seas The Alderney Lifeboat crew were superb and as a small measure of my appreciation I felt compelled to meet them all in the pub (after a hot shower and change of clothes) and supply them with ample supplies of (yes, you guessed it) BEER
Cyanide is beeing lifted out this afternoon and the drive beeing removed to carry out an assesment of the problem. Will know more towards the end of the day

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...as a small measure of my appreciation I felt compelled to meet them all in the pub (after a hot shower and change of clothes) and supply them with ample supplies of (yes, you guessed it) BEER
Good thing that the gang didn't drink Alderney dry then!
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I gather that Hugo and Co. left the Revenger there as well, as they regarded it as unseaworthy, and flew home.
Really, any idea why ?

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The alternative cruise to the St.Malo cruise

Just as well that the wee 6 mtr ribs decided not to participate. Most pleased however, that everybody got back home safe

The alternative cruise took place ; ie Tombouy joined Seahawk 2 on a trip to Brighton Marina for lunch on Saturday (no pictures cos forgot to take the camera) and the next day we hoped to cross the channel from Dover to Boulogne for an overnighter but the weather was against us so we opted for a Thames cruise with Mike C on Prime Rib II instead. This pleased our wives cos that appealed to them very much. Simmons0 decided not to participate on this one and gave it a miss.

We launched a Chiswick Bridge and went past the Thames barriers stopping for lunch on route. A very pleasant cruise indeed, unfortunately lots of floating debris so a lot of care and attention was needed when cruising at speed , specially down river.
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Although the boat did have a small tube fault it was more to do with fatigue of the crew. Of course this was nothing to do with the 3am finish while being treated to free beer in the pub !

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Although the boat did have a small tube fault it was more to do with fatigue of the crew. Of course this was nothing to do with the 3am finish while being treated to free beer in the pub !

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