Day 13 – Normandy

The MBM fleet reach Fecamp

Bouncy, Bouncy but 30 miles on

Position 49° 45.72 N 000° 22.00 E
Fecamp Marina

Richard and Claire locked out of Port Deauville Marina at 0800 hrs to assess the conditions. The sea was very similar to departing the Dives sur Mer channel, so the fleet got the ‘go-ahead’ and Time Flies continued on passage.

Neale called the first six boats off their berths into the lock. After the first lock emptied and the boats safely on passage, the lock went on free flow. All boats that remained in the marina were asked to slip and depart.

On passage, the fleet hit some uncomfortable slop and encountered some commercial shipping on the edge of Le Havre shipping channel. Throttling back, everyone plodded on cautiously.

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Nimbus Nova 42 ‘Petrolia’ accompanied Time Flies for the last few miles as they surfed into Fecamp Harbour. Everyone was assembled by midday leaving the sunny afternoon to explore new territory.

The fleet was re-united with Porky’s Revenge II in Fecamp. The Hardy Seawings had suffered an engine problem earlier in the cruise and had made the long passage from Cherbourg to Fecamp yesterday. The MBM teak kept in contact, with regular updates and weather information, while a new water pump was ordered and fitted by the Volvo agent in Cherbourg.

The weekend’s weather is not looking great. The plan to depart Fecamp on Saturday for Brighton, with a passage to home ports on Sunday, may need some reorganization.

Photo captions:
Richard Poat aboard Time Flies, departing Port Deauville Marina
Port Deauville Harbour entrance
Nimbus 42 Nova ‘Petrolia’ approaching Fecamp


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