The MBM fleet escapes Cherbourg bound for Dives sur Mer

Dives here we come

Position 49° 17.644 N 000° 05.853 W
Port Guillaume Marina, Dives sur Mer

The fleet woke to a still morning at Cherbourg. Time Flies went out for a evaluation at 0800 hrs and at the 0900 hrs skippers briefing Neale announced the fleet would move off to Dives today. A huge cheer went up.

Princess 38 ‘Kismet’ who had suffered a faulty starter motor on entering Cherbourg is still not fixed. They are hoping to catch up with the fleet in Dives tomorrow.

The Graduate slipped and departed Cherbourg Marina at 1015, Time Flies followed shortly afterwards. By 1245 all boats had departed the harbour.
Shortly after leaving Cherbourg Harbour. the Hardy Seawings ‘Porkys Revenge II’ suffered an overheat and limped back into Cherbourg on one engine, closely escorted Neale onboard Calm Voyager. Neale hopped aboard and helped investigate the problem. The cause of the overheat was a water pump failure. Sadly it was a job for an engineer and they would not be available till Monday or Tuesday.

With the wind and tide behind them the fleet made the comfortable 68-mile passage to Dives sur Mer, lead by Richard and Claire, aboard RIB Time Flies. By 1630 hrs all boats were assembled on the visitor’s finger berths at the modern Port Guillaume marina. Calm Voyager was the last to arrive at 1730hrs.

Tonight the team and participants celebrated the move at the pre-arranged cruise gala dinner, at the restaurant ‘Le Mary’ at Port Guillaume.

Photo Captions:
Calm Voyager at Port Guillaume Marina
Smile for the camera, crews at the gala dinner