Day 5 – Channel Islands & West Country 2011

The fleet make the 27-mile passage up to Guernsey

Dawn broke over Jersey and bright sunshine glinted off the still water of the marina. What a difference to yesterdays torrential rain. The fleet would depart on the afternoon tide so everyone had a full morning to potter and collect the last of the essentials from town.

Time Flies departed St Helier at 1.45pm, Richard and Claire would go ahead to assess the conditions on the west coast of Jersey. Conditions were favourable for the 27-mile passage to Guernsey. The sun was out and everyone was raring to go.

The visibility was superb, leaving the Jersey coast behind them and travelling north-east fleet boats checked off all the local islands en route, Sark, Herm, Brecqhou and finally Guernsey. It was another excellent passage. Boats started arriving at 4.30, Richard assisted with the fuelling and Claire was inside Victoria Marina mooring the boats.

On arrival in St Peter Port Sealine F46 Diginty reported engine problems and was unable to to manoeuvre through the harbour. The MBM team and harbour staff helped tow it into the tight marina basin.

Tomorrow is a rest day so there will be no alarms or morning weather checks. Crews will have the day to explore the island and in the evening there is a group dinner at Guernsey Yacht Club.

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