The fleet remains in Guernsey as the low pressure system lingers on
Victoria Marina, St Peter Port, Guernsey Position 49°27.31 N 002°32.6 W
It was another deceptively sunny start to the day in St Peter Port but unfortunately, as predicted, the blustery conditions in the Channel prevented a move to Dartmouth.
With camera in hand Richard, Neale and Claire went over to the island of Sark aboard Honey Chile III, Richard’s home-built boat. They experienced some exciting sea conditions in the Big Russel and were forced to abort an anchorage on the west coast for a sheltered bay in the east – La Gréve de la Ville. Luscious corn fields, dirt tracks used only by farmers, tractors and cyclists (there are no cars on the island) and steep, undulating hills dominate Sark’s landscape. Despite being very isolated there is a bustling community and the island has adapted to tourism with horse-drawn carriage rides, gift shops and traditional tea gardens.
Elsewhere among the fleet Michelle and Philip fromIllusioncycled to Beaucette Marina and then around to the west coast, while other cruise participants sunbathed out on deck or meandered around the town.
During an early evening radio briefing Neale informed the fleet that they wouldn’t need to set their alarms in the morning, as there would be no chance of us moving across the Channel due to increasing high winds. Thursday is still looking like the best day to move.
Contingency plans for the evening went ahead – the MBM team had organised a supper at the Guernsey Yacht Club with a raffle fundraiser for the RNLI. It was a great chance to get everyone together over a nice meal and few drinks. Prizes to the value of £300 were donated by Graham and Caroline ofRosiefrom their Stormforce Chandlery at Medway Bridge Marina. A pair of Sharx shoes, a Weird Fish Hoody, a digital photo printer and a lifejacket were among the prizes. Raffle tickets were sold and the youngest members of the cruise, Zoe and Harry Dyson, selected the winners. A grand total of £456 was raised for the RNLI.
Synoptic showing the low pressure that’s been giving us trouble all week, and is forecast to bring winds of Force 7’s and 8’s in the channel tonight
La Coupeé causeway on the island of Sark
Neale addressing the fleet at the Guernsey Yacht Club dinner
The winning ticket – Sandra fromPetroliacollects her prize, a digital photo printer