Day 1 – Bruges

Force 8's and 9's delay start of the cruise

Friday 11th May

High winds and rough seas

In the schedule, this was to be the day of the Cruise Briefing. Coming from near and far, boats would have assembled in Ramsgate harbour to mark the start of the Motor Boats Monthly Bruges cruise, some embarking on their first channel crossing tomorrow. Unfortunately the weather has other ideas. Earlier in the week the UK was hit by a series of low-pressure systems, which have dominated the weather this week. With a gusting Force 9 south-westerly overnight, a Force 7-8 into today, and more wind forecast for tomorrow, the outlook for the weekend is not looking favourable. With a scattered fleet and bad weather, Cruise Leader, Neale Byart has taken the decision to postpone the briefing till Sunday night, when the weather is looking more settled, and everyone has gathered in Ramsgate. There is currently a good possibility of making a channel crossing on Monday.

Here is the list of boats taking part:

Calico Broom 41
Calm Voyager Fairline Phantom 40
Castaway Falmouth Sealine S34
Dragonfly Fairline 46 Phantom
Evolution Sealine F42/5
Fast Lady Sealine T46
High Tide Fairline Squadron 43
Jean of Oakham SeaRay 390EC
Joli D Broom 42 CL
Jupiter Powles 38
Little Buds Bayliner 3258
Louisa Nimbus 29 Nordica
Mister Green Broom 42
Odyssey Broom 36
Only Money Rodman 41
Pen Hannah Jeanneau Prestige 32
Petrolia Nimbus 42
SeaJay Fairline 29 Mirage
Skipjack Jeanneau MF 805
Smitten Sealine 410
Solemate Broom 33
Sunniva of Boston Broom 39kl
T&S Starfisher 34 Cruiser
Time Flies Zeppellin 6.7m
Way Ahead Broom 345


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