A warm welcome - Cruise participants gather in Gosport for the start of MBM's Cruising Club season

Motor Boats Monthly cruise participants gathered throughout a blustery but mild friday afternoon at Royal Clarence Marina for the start of the Channel Islands and France cruise, it marks the start of year’s Cruising Club season. With the cruising club team aboard, MBM’s new control boat Blue Fin made its way around from Swanwick on the Hamble to be with the fleet.

With 24 boats in total there was a mixture of old and new faces at the inaugural briefing at 6.30pm, with some boats travelling from as far as Torquay and Chatham to join us.

Briefing at Clarence

Photo – Motor Boats Monthly Cruise Leader Neale Byart welcomes and briefs crews on the first cruise of the season

The weather for tomorrow looks doubtful for a Channel crossing over to Cherbourg but the MBM team will take a view on it early tomorrow morning.

List of participant boats:

Amethyst Atlantic 42
Blue Fin Jeanneau Prestige 38 S
Bluebell Beneteau Swift Trawler 34
Breathless Maxum SCR3000
Budman Sealine SC47
Cartoui Mainship 390
Dragonfly Fairline Phantom 46
Endura Grand Banks 42
Fraharjo Fairline Phantom 40
Free Spirit II Sealine S34
Get Passionate II Cranchi Zaffiro 34
In Motion Fairline Phantom 43
Jomima Broom 39 2+2
Karianne Beneteau Antares 9.80
Kukup Lady Trader 42
Marjorie May Sealine F37
Nakatcha Sealine SC38
Only Money Rodman 41
Puffin Nimbus 310 Coupe
Santana IV Sunseeker Martinique
Sea Spirit Sealine T47
Sophie Windy Mirage 25
Summer Wine Nimbus 380 Carisma

Time Flies Cobra 7.6 Outboard

Vision Sealine S28

Main Photo – Open top. The cockpit of the new Jeanneau Prestige 38 S Blue Fin