Its Briefing Day but weather is not permitting a fleet move to Weymouth tomorrow....

Saturday 8th July

Day 1

Position – Mercury Marina, Hamble

50°52′.275 N 001 18 606 W

With 21 boats assembled in Mercury Marina, Hamble and a few boats in the Poole and Christchurch area, all crews gathered for the inaugural cruise briefing at 1800hrs. Neale Byart addressed the fleet, informing them that unfortunately the weather will not be permitting a move tomorrow. The fleet of 27 boats in total were due in Weymouth tomorrow. The forecast is predicting Force 5-6’s in the Solent.

When the briefing was over a pre-organised pontoon party assembled in the picnic area in front of the marina office. Crews mingled for the first time as the wine flowed.

Below is the list of boats taking part on the MBM West Country cruise:

Aquavit Princess 430
Calm Voyager MBM’s Fairline Phantom 40
Capri-Tide Sealine F37
Chaldon Corvette 320
Dragonfly Fairline Phantom 46
Easy Option Seawings 277
Hawksbill Broom Ocean 38
Jogalong Broom 39KL
Joli D Broom 42CL
Jomina Broom 39 2 2
Joyful II Sea Saga 26HT
Kafena Jeanneau Prestige 46
Kalives Corvette 320
Kismet Princess 38
Lazy Days Grand Banks 36 Classic
No Worries Jeanneau Prestige 32
Penny Lane Fairline Turbo 36
Penpal Freeman 32 MKII
Phantasy Farline Phantom 46
Puffin of Bembridge Broom 39KL
Shimmering Star Broom Ocean 42
Solemate Broom 33
The Graduate Aquastar Oceanranger
Time Flies MBM’s Ribquest 6.3m RIB
Valkama Aquador 28 Cabin
White Crest V Sealine T46
Zanique Neptune PT465