Crews gather for the start of the cruise

Welcome everyone

It’s been a warm and changeable day in Portsmouth. Today fleet boats and their crews have assembled at Royal Clarence Marina, Gosport, for the start of the first cruise of the MBM Cruising Club 2011 season.

Motor Boats Monthly’s control boat, the Jeanneau Prestige 38S Blue Fin, is amidst 24 boats now at Royal Clarence and we would like to welcome the many new faces (and a few old faces among us too).

Day 1 Royal Clarence MarinaSunny Afternoon in the shelter of Royal Clarence Marina

The weather is misbehaving and at the inaugural briefing cruise leader Neale Byart addressed the 24-boat fleet, conveying his thoughts on the weather and plans for the weekend ahead. The first planned move is to Cherbourg, but with high winds forecast the fleet will not be moving anywhere tomorrow. Welcome drinks followed the briefing giving everyone the chance to mingle, some even went off into town for a bite to eat with new-found friends.

Despite the weather outlook its been a fantastic start to the cruise.

Fleet boats:

Amethyst, Atlantic 42
Aurelia, Hardy Seawings 305
Dilligaf, Fairline Phantom 38
Free Spirit II, Sealine S34
Great Escape, Fairline Targa 38
Gwendoline, Jeanneau Prestige 36
Humu Humu, Sealine S34
Italian Job, Cranchi Zaffiro 34
Jazzbo, Sealine S29
Lost the Plot II, Sealine F34
Maggie, Botnia Targa 25
Miss B’Haven, Sealine F43
Mr Smith, Bayliner 2855
Nimbo, Nimbus 345
No Stress, Princess V45
Pye III, Larson 29
Ravello, Fairline Targa 44
Rioja Rara, Fairline Targa 33
Sacre Bleu, Beneteau Antares 11
Santana IV, Sunseeker Martinique
Sea Spirit, Sealine T47
Smitten, Sealine 410
Steelaway Too, Sealine T47
Whistler, Bavaria 37 Sport

Team MBM

The MBM Team at G’s restaurant post briefing