MBM Fleet make it to Fecamp. Then onto Brighton tomorrow?
Friday 23rd June
Position – Fecamp
At 0800hrs, Calm Voyager slipped her berth at Port Deauville Marina and proceeded out through the entrance lock gates. With bright sunny skies above, the sea conditions had flattened considerably overnight and the wind had also reduced since yesterday. There was still a moderate swell but the sea was flattening off all the time. Meanwhile Matt and Ray had been left behind aboard Time Flies, their job; calling and logging out individual boats off their berths. The first boat, Formanda left harbour at 0815hrs and by 0845hrs the marina was empty.
Approximately 37 miles and 2 hours later, Calm Voyager arrived in the beautiful cliffside fishing town of Fecamp and was greeted by Jerome, the chief Harbour Master at Fecamp. Half an hour later the Jeanneau Prestige 34, Ozone was the first boat to radio in for berthing instructions. From then on a steady procession of boats arrived. Formanda was the last into harbour making the fleet and now, our family-style community, complete again.
Our thanks to Jerome, and the marina staff who came to the aid of Claire and Neale, assembling the boats.
The fleet and its participants have settled in for the night now, today will be their last day on Normandy soil and in foreign waters. Tomorrow, as planned, the fleet will return to the UK, arriving in Brighton at around 1400hrs. Tonight, many crews have ventured into town to the various harbour side restaurants.
The plan for tomorrow is for Calm Voyager to stay behind and log out the fleet one by one. The RIB, Time Flies, will go out with the earlier boats and if everything goes to plan, the team aboard will arrange berthing in Brighton Marina. Boats will be leaving Fecamp from 0900hrs.