MBM fleet won't be moving to Dartmouth today
50° 36.43 002° 27.14 Custom House Quay, Weymouth
Thursday 16th August
Weather bound in Weymouth
The alarm aboard Calm Voyager went off at 0500 hrs and at 0600 hrs the control RIB Time Flies slipped its mooring lines and departed the deceptively tranquil harbour. On track and level with the lighthouse at Portland Bill, Richard, Claire and Michelle reported back a two to three metre swell and a Force 5 wind in a westerly direction. These conditions were not at all suitable to move the fleet to Dartmouth. Back in port Neale announced over the radio at 0645 hrs that the sea state would prevent a move.
Shortly after the announcement, experienced Sunseeker Kitaro II decided they would still try and make the passage to Dartmouth. Half an hour later, the crew from Kitaro II telephoned Cruise Leader Neale and reported three and a half metre waves in Lyme Bay. They were turning back towards Weymouth.
There will be a radio briefing at 1830 hrs to discuss tomorrow’s plan to move to Dartmouth.