The MBM Cruising Club season has begun and the fleet is currently in Royal Clarence Marina, Gosport, praying for good weather for the passage to Cherbourg

50° 48.138 N 001° 07.383 W

Day one on the MBM cruise, the fleet has gathered, the induction has been completed and we’re ready for the off… if only the weather would behave itself.

Yes it’s that time of year again, the start of the MBM Cruising Club season and this year we kick off with our Channel Islands and Brittany Cruise. Over the next two weeks we plan to visit Jersey and then cruise the Brittany coast before returning to Portsmouth via Guernsey. Once again Guernsey expert Richard Poat will join Claire on board Time Flies, while myself and Neale will man Blue Fin.

We are currently sat in Royal Clarence Marina, Gosport, feverishly hatching plans for our hoped for departure to Cherbourg tomorrow and making deals with the weather gods that the wind that is currently howling through the marina will have relented by the morning.

The following boats are hoping to depart to Cherbourg tomorrow:

Allora Bayliner 275
Aqaba Sunset Bavaria 35HT
Blue Fin (MBM) Princess 42
Blue Water Fairline Targa 34
Capriccio Princess366 Riviera
Free Spirit of Hamble Princess 45
Julliette Fairline Sedan 36
L’ Altra Donna De Gruit Trawler Yacht
Lady Zena Sealine F33
Revolution Fairline Targa 52 GT
Sea Breeze Beneteau Antares
Slip’s Dream Sealine SC35
Tally Ho Hardy Commodore 42
Time Flies Cobra Nautique 6.6 RIB
Zenith Cruisers 300CXi

A couple of other boats, Chancer, a Princess 50 and Dolphin, a Hardy Commodore 50, made the most of a good weather window and have already reached Cherbourg.

Unfortunately two other boats have not been able to make our departure point due to technical difficulties. Evolution, a Sealine F42/5, is currently stuck in Yarmouth while Sea Star, a Broom 41 is stuck in Brighton.

Fingers crossed the rest of us will be leaving early in the morning, we’ll keep you posted.

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