The 25 boats of the Motor Boats Monthly cruise in company took the morning tide from St Helier to St Peter Port yesterday.

The 25 boats of the Motor Boats Monthly cruise in company took the morning tide from St Helier to St Peter Port yesterday.

For the fastest boats the 30nm passage was achieved in not much more than one hour, with a north-easterly Force 4 not posing any problems and the larger swells of two days before now absent. The majority of the fleet made straight for St Peter Port’s waiting pontoons, but the Gobbi 345SCGabrielldecided upon an early departure and run through the narrow Gouliot Passage between Brecqhou and Sark, assisted by Guernseyman Richard Poat who has been working as a part of the Motor Boats Monthly crew this week.

Later in the morning the Nelson 42Blue Nelsontook advantage of one of the visitors’ moorings in Gosselin Bay immediately to the south of the Gouliot Passage, enjoying blue skies and calm water in the company of several other yachts and motorboats. The photograph says it all.

Last night the Guernsey Tourist Board held a Vin D’Honneur at Castle Cornet for all participants. Today a few of the fleet are leaving on the morning or afternoon tide for brief excursions around the surrounding islands and bays but the majority are staying tied in rafts in prime position to view the arrival of several lifeboats, old and new, for an RNLI special event.

There was a thunderstorm last night that washed down the boats and the skies have been overcast but the anticipation is of more sunny weather later and of light enough winds to enable a return home tomorrow, albeit in head seas generated by north-easterlies.

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