Day 14 – Channel Islands & Brittany Cruise

The Guernsey Harbour Carnival served up a fun evening for the depleted fleet

This morning a heavy rain shower woke crews but there was no need to get up just yet. A few boats were leaving for home today due to commitments, La Dolce Vita, Quiet Way, Breda, Velocity and Elinor B slipped and left the harbour homeward bound.

A quick weather check on board Blue Fin revealed a change in the forecasts for the coming weekend. Saturday had gone down hill and Sunday was offering no guarantees for good passage making. With today’s weather looking good, the participants were given the news that if a Sunday evening arrival home was paramount, today would be the best day to depart. Aurora, Breeze, Dellavee, Oxygen and Free Spirit III took the weather window and departed across the Channel. The rest of the fleet are staying in St Peter Port and keeping fingers crossed for Sunday.

During the day the local press came and interviewed the MBM team and the crews onboard Free Spirit and Gîte, our prime position on D pontoon catching the eye of the boss at the Guernsey Post.

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Today was Harbour Carnival day in St Peter Port and for the cruising club participants that meant starting the evening with a pontoon party. There was a rather nice spread of food on the back of Haylu courtesy of all the remaining crews. The events in the harbour started with a plastic duck race in the marina, then there was raft racing and a tug of war across the harbour entrance. The finale was a man powered flight display, which basically consisted of people throwing themselves into the harbour from a scaffold tower wearing silly costumes, only some of which looked capable of any form of flight. A fantastic firework display from Castle Cornet rounded off the evening.

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