Day 17 – Channel Islands & Brittany Cruise

The MBM boats have a excellent passage back across the channel

The fleet awoke to a grey and overcast Guernsey. Could this be the day that they would get home?

There was the usual check of the weather by Neale and Time Flies was sent out (with Claire and Ryan onboard) for the final assessment. It was a yes from the support rib. The wind had swung round to the southwest and the following sea conditions were ideal for passage through the Alderney Race and beyond. Soon after boats began slipping and departing the harbour, closely followed by Blue Fin.

En-route the boats saw puffins and experienced up to 4 knots of favourable tide in the Alderney Race and crossing the channel. The crew of Time Flies retrieved two large planks of wood bobbing on the surface on track – these would be dangerous hazards to any boat. Blue Fin (single handed by cruise leader Neale) travelled with Aquador 32 Gîte for the whole passage, while Time Flies (7 miles ahead) was sat comfortably alongside Beneteau Antares 30S Free Spirit.

By early afternoon the first boats were logging out with Neale and Claire, confirming their safe arrival in their home ports.

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And so the cruising club season draws to a close. It has been a successful 2 weeks, the weather has not been the warmest or driest but many goals were achieved.

A special big thank you to MBM staffers Richard and Ryan for all their hard work and support. We could not have done this without you.

Photo – MBM support RIB Time Flies, a Ribeye 740 SX. See full test in MBM soon.

Motor Boats Monthly – Cruising in good company with the support of Ancasta International Boat Sales and RIB supplier Ribeye

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