Fog and windy conditions prevent a fleet move to St Malo
Despite bright sunshine in the marina the weather gods were not so kind outside the harbour, a strengthening wind and patchy visibility being the culprits. A 30-mile passage to St Malo had been on the horizon today but after a weather check by Cruise Leader Neale and Time Flies it was a no go for the fleet.
On passage and 8 miles off the last waypoint at St Malo Richard and Claire aboard Time Flies reported worsening conditions. A very wet and choppy return trip in poor visibility confirmed the decision to hold back the fleet was the right one.
And so another day has been spent in Jersey, and in the warm sunshine it was the perfect day to explore. The crews from Elinor B and Velocity went to the Jersey War tunnels built by the Germans during the occupation. The young family from Aurora with 18 month-old Lauren went for a swim at the local pool. David and Neil of AquaVit caught the number 12 bus and found a lovely cove with a waterside pub serving the a four course lobster meal. Finally there was a group outing to the local wildlife park for the crews of Gîte, Aquarius and Lady Iris.
This afternoon we said goodbye to Swordsman 40 Sabre. They have been called back to the UK on business and were heading via Guernsey. Shortly after leaving St Helier they reported that their progress had slowed due to the sea conditions but arrived safely in St Peter Port later.
Neale has been looking at the weather closely this afternoon and the outlook is not looking much better for tomorrow. The team will be looking again in the morning and if necessary the RIB will go out again to check the conditions.