The fleet have reached Cherbourg and Jersey is looking good for tomorrow


It was a sunny start to the day in Gosport Marina, the wind had ceased and the water was glistening. It was looking good for a cross-channel passage to Cherbourg.

At 6:30am Claire and Richard aboard Ribeye 740SX Time Flies slipped and departed the marina to assess the conditions south of the Isle of Wight. Back in the marina there was an air of anticipation, covers were being taken off and crews were raring to go.

After a few days of high winds the seas were still a little choppy at first, so the fleets departure was delayed till 10:30. Time Flies returned, quickly refuelled and went straight back out again.

The fleet experienced confused sea conditions for the first part of the 70-mile passage but after that it got just better and better. Claire and Richard plucked the remains of a large green net from the shipping lanes (pictured). With 25 miles to run to Cherbourg, the seas flattened off considerably and the first boats were arriving from 2pm.

Jersey is on the agenda for tomorrow with the first boats due to depart a 8.45am French summer time.

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