The fleet remain weatherbound in Cherbourg

 

49° 38.446 N 001° 237.236 W Port de Chantereyne, Cherbourg, France
Sunday 19th August

Weather-bound in Cherbourg

It was another lazy morning start for the fleet, and outside heavy rain and strong winds dominated. Last night Jon Mendez joined the MBM team, so they are now four again.

High winds prevented boats from fuelling, so it turned out to be a cleaning day for some of the fleet. John aboard Fairline Targa 30 Merelle spent the morning cleaning his canopy windows, in the hope that he can make his next passage to Guernsey with his canopy screens up.

The MBM team were kept occupied by a lengthy job list, while Neale set to work on a new navigation plan for Guernsey. Jon Mendez aided Chris and Cheryl aboard Corvette 32 Celtic Twilight with various issues in their bilge. Jon also helped them re-fuel in the gusty conditions and went for a quick sea-trial inside the choppy breakwater to see how the Corvette performed. Michelle and Claire fuelled the RIB and distributed the new nav notes to cruise participants.

In the afternoon, an impromptu cricket match was held up on the green. Kids and adults from boats Dream Catcher, Amillie, Solar Mist and Endless Summer played and laughed together.

At 1830 hrs a briefing was held on the pontoon outside MBM boat, Calm Voyager. Neale addressed the fleet from the flybridge and revealed we wouldn’t be moving to Guernsey tomorrow, due to today’s high winds. It’s a frustrating time for the MBM Team as the weather is changing all time.

Tomorrow night Claire and Michelle have organised a group dinner at the Yacht Club restaurant to raise everyone’s spirits.

Photo captions:

“When I’m cleanin’ winda’s” John aboard his Fairline Targa ‘Merelle’
Strike! Megan from Endless Summer bats in Cricket Match
Amelia (Dream Catcher), Jack (Solar Mist) and Michelle
Pontoon Briefing