Day 7 – Channel Islands & West Country 2011

The fleet have a great passage to Salcombe but there were a few problems along the way

Friday 15th July

The MBM team were up at 5.50am, there was the usual weather check and Time Flies departed Victoria Marina at 6.30. An hour later Claire and Richard were 18 miles into the passage and reported acceptable conditions, sunny with light winds.

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Sam & Donna of Pantaenius aboard Princess V45 No Stress

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By 8’clock all boats were untangling themselves from the rafts and departing Guernsey, followed by Blue Fin. Unfortunately Dignity had to be left behind in St Peter Port. Owner Neale is expecting a part to arrive in the next couple of days.

Maxum 3000SCR Escape reported loss of steering mid-channel. Neale and Keith aboard Blue Fin came to their assistance. Keith boarded the boat, replaced a shredded belt for them and they were back on their way.

Time Flies arrived in Salcombe at 11am, 45 minutes later fleet boats started entering the harbour in search of fuel and berths.

A few miles out of the harbour Jeanneau Prestige 42 By Purpose reported a drive failure on the port engine. Owners Greg and Debbie were escorted in by Time Flies and the harbour master assisted with an alongside tow. A later inspection by Neale and Keith revealed a gearbox overheat.

The fleet are now assembled in ‘The Bag’ with some crews taking the water taxi

or tender into town for the afternoon/evening. Tomorrow will be a rest

day and a chance to explore delightful Salcombe.

Congratulations to Jersey based boat Indie, owners Pam and Lee made their very first channel crossing today.

Main Photo – Windy Chinook Breda departing Victoria Marina, St Peter Port

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