I have a 5.5m Tornado, and shall be bringing a scared girlfriend and 5 year old.
Just bear in mind that unless it is a flat calm you've got a very good chance that this will be the last time you ever get either of them on a boat. In fact it wouls be a good idea to look into the availability of public transport from St Vaast to Cherbourg, and the ferry timetable for the trip back.
Although this trip isn't a particularly big deal if you are prepared for it, it's definitely not a jaunt. It's a long way for a nervous passenger, and certainly for a small child. When they are not frightened, they will be bored. They will also be uncomfortable. Four hours can seem like a very long time indeed when you're a passenger in a small RIB, out of sight of land.
Even if the weather is perfect, they will still be bored. I really, really wouldn't take a 5 year old on this trip.
If you're looking for a way to make sure that you only go boating with your mates in future, you're on to a winner. If you want to go boating as a family I would suggest a much gentler start.
Sorry if this seems rather negative. By all means go to St Vaast, you'll have a great weekend, but I would really have a serious think about your crew. The family could go always go across by ferry and meet you there -- the grin on your face may go some way to proving that crossing the channel in a RIB really is worth doing!
I almost put my other half off Ribbing for life after a cold, wet and miserable trip from Cardiff to Torquay in a 9.5m RIB. And she is an experienced sailor.
Scaring the bejasus out of an adult in a 5.5m RIB, let alone a 5 yr old is a bit silly I'd say.
Guys I fully agree and the last think I want is to put my daughter at any risk or put the fear of god into her.
Mark has very kindly offered to take her across if it gets to choppy.
And if need be I will pop her and the chick onto the ferry for the return journey.
I a taking her for a cruise up the Helford river next weekend as a taster.
As others have said, I think you should make sure that they are both comfortable with being on the boat in the first place before you try anything as ambitious a channel crossing.
Having said that we did St V three years ago in my old Ribtec 585 with my kids who would have been 11 & 9, but you will need ideal weather for this to be a successful venture for all parties concerned.
I'm sure my 12 year old daughter Sophie would love to play "big sis" to your little girl and she would also be very welcome on Caprisante.
You need to be watching the weather patterns from a week out and make your decisions accordingly.
Sent you a message on Wednesday requesting accomodation nos but have not received a reply. Not sure if you got it, 'cos some of my postings are disappearing into the ether.........(JK, I didn't think that Michael Jackson gag deserved it's marching orders) < Edit: I did! JK >