51-miles on the fleet are assembled in Weymouth
Thursday 21st July.
The wind was blowing into the harbour entrance breakwater throughout the night and buffeted the fleet boats on the events pontoon. Unfortunately for some the slapping and bobbing meant a few sleepless hours.
In the morning there was the usual procedure for the MBM team and Time Flies went out at 8.45 to assess the conditions. With a good forecast and the wind dropping it was a ‘go for launch’. By 10.54 the events pontoon at Brixham Marina was empty and everyone was on passage to Weymouth.
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The majority of the 51-mile passage was travelling in a easterly direction across Lyme Bay, then rounding notorious Portland Bill and into Weymouth. Despite some confused chop in areas everyone had an excellent journey and with the sun out there was an ideal opportunity for the team on Blue Fin to get some photos of the fleet.
All boats were assembled on Custom House Quay by 3pm and crews were relishing direct access to water hoses and electric. They were also reunited with fleet boat Dignity (they crossed from Guernsey yesterday). With a few hours in the afternoon to spare crews made their way into town.
Tomorrow is a rest day so there will be no alarms no VHF calls, just a day for exploration. In the evening there is a briefing and meal planned at the Royal Dorset Yacht Club.