Day 15 – Channel Islands & West Country 2011

It's the last day of the cruise and all boats depart Weymouth for home

Saturday 23rd July

It was another sunny start in Weymouth. At 5.30am Neale did a final weather check for Jersey-based boat Indie, which set off at 6am to cross the Channel to their homeport of St Helier, Jersey. By the time Neale was addressing the rest of the fleet at 10am, Indie was safely back home.

Day 15 Fleet ready to depart Weymouth

MBM Fleet at Custom House Quay

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At 10.30am boats began departing Weymouth reluctantly for home. Support RIB Time Flies was awaiting their arrival at the second waypoint on passage for a last photoshoot. With a north-westerly wind and favourable tide, all boats had an excellent journey into the Solent and beyond. Poole Bay, in particular, was beautifully calm. While most boats headed for the Solent, east coast-based boat Portunas headed for Eastbourne, taking a track south of the Isle of Wight.

Fairline Targa 47 Fizz suffered an overheat passing Lulworth Cove. The boat continued to the Solent on one engine, escorted by Time Flies and latterly Blue Fin. On arrival at Yarmouth the problem was diagnosed By Richard as a sheered belt pulley.

By early evening everyone had reported their safe arrival at their home ports and intended destinations. It seems everyone has had a fantastic two weeks, the cruise reached all the intended ports and everyone has made new friends.

Until next time……

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