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Sailfree
25-08-11, 23:13
Just noticed that in starting our own forum the date was not included!! Silly Billy me

THE SCUTTLEBUTT CHERBOURG 2011 WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE WEEKEND 23/24th SEPT.

If people are interested add your names to this thread.

For the newbees and X channel virgins that are tempted. We always pick a weekend with Neap tides so that the effect of the tide and the risk of wind over tide creating bigger waves is minimised.

The Scuttlebutt Cherbourg trip has been going for some 10yrs. It has developed from a Saturday evening meal at the Cherbourg YC to also include a Saturday afternoon boat/pontoon gathering for drinks and nibbles, I usually start the larder with a selection of wines/beers and nibbles which others also contribute. We bring labels on which you write your forum name so you can put a face to a poster and introduce themselves. Obviously the latter depends on the weather but we have been blessed by the Sun God for the last few years and they have been a great sucess. I introduced the afternoon gathering to ensure it was fully inclusive and welcomed strangers otherwise there was a risk of just a few gatherings on individual boats of people that only knew each other.

After the evening meal a few do collect on a few boats and drink well into and for some through the night!!

Most go on the Friday and return on the Sunday but a few do extended stays. I have negotiated discounted berthing at Cherbourg and can also arrange it at St Vaast (providing only 1 person collects everyones berthing fees) a few go to St Vaast for Friday night.

I will finally collate a spreasdsheet and distribute it to participants, only to their personal e mails. This includes such info as you are happy to give but usually includes mobile numbers , departure port and likely time so that participants, especially newbees, can contact others and sail in company. The spreadsheet also enables some last minute ship jumpers if anyone has problems with their own boat before departure. Before my time I believe there was also a weekend where most gravitated to and sailed in the bigger boats due to the weather.

We also run a thread for crew available and crew wanted as we try to fit in everyone who want to go - its also good if you want to do your 1st X channel with someone more experienced.

Fergus helps and he has already booked the YC and we usually go for the Captains Menu. There are Vegi options. There are usually about 40-50 people for the last few years.

For many its also a final opportunity to stock up with cheap wine for the winter months. Normandy wines has a good selection of mainly French wines and many countries beers but there is also a branch of Majestic Wines in Cherbourg that has their normal new world selection (see Majestic France website). If you preorder (don't pay until you collect!) you can get a further discount from Majestic - we usually get another 90 off!!

Final decision whether to sail if up to each skipper, no deposit so no loss if weather does turn bad.

Final point in spite of some confusing advice spouted by some that want to exercise their power with the French Authorities I recommend following the RYA advice and take orginal ships registration document and passports. In 13 yrs of Xing channel I have only ever required them once by UK border agency just S of I of W but better to be safe IMHO!

Feel free to add you comments if I have missed anything or not properly described the flavour of the event. Your comments will also help keep this thread live. You never know we may get Richard Shead or Snooks to turn up one year.

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Sailfree
25-08-11, 23:19
The following have expressed an interest . PLease let me kow your best guess at numbers and any corrections/additions to the list.

Sailfree - 7
Fergus - 5
Galadriel -2
prv - 2
Pinnacle - 4
Fireball - 2
Phildeaux
Talulah-1
Tranona
Chrissie
Jenaline IV
Top Cat 47 - 2
Talbot - 2
Twister Ken - 4 Parahandy MoodyNick
Hazymoonshine - 5
Whitelighter - Duplicat - 5 - Rick P, Chas25 & JHR
Bobc
Ladyinbed - 3
duncan- 2 - if good weather
Laundryman - 2
Neil Oliver- Ruach
Wizard - 2
Bedouin - 1 or 2
Cohel - 2 - mjcp
Shaddickp - 4 (1 crew place available - then 5!) Not dinning at YC intend to leave Saturday
Mudisox - 2 or 4
Tribute - possible!
Martin J - 2
robp - 3

bedouin
28-08-11, 08:32
We are a very probable for this year as usual - subject to the usual caveats.

I would like to make St Vaast this year but that depends on how the lock times work (and usually they don't :( )

Twister_Ken
28-08-11, 14:57
Snowbird.

Currently planned to be self, Parahandy, Moody Nick plus - maybe - A.N.Other.

Likely departure, Gosport Friday am direct to Chbg unless wind dir makes St Vaast a better option for Friday night and the lock times allow. (edit - looks like they do)

jhr
28-08-11, 17:08
Snowbird.

Currently planned to be self, Parahandy, Moody Nick plus - maybe - A.N.Other.



Gordon Bennett! If I'd known you lot were coming I'd never have signed up... :)

moodyNick
29-08-11, 12:29
Gordon Bennett! If I'd known you lot were coming I'd never have signed up... :)Actually I would rather TwistedKnee hadn't put this information in the public domain. I've been telling SWMBO I am planning to stay in a hotel for the weekend with another woman. Now she's going to find out the real reason .... I'm doomed !

jhr
29-08-11, 17:10
A married man was having an affair with his secretary. One day, their passions overcame them and they took off for her house, where they made passionate love all afternoon. Exhausted from the wild sex, they fell asleep, awakening around eight PM.
As the man threw on his clothes, he told the woman to take his shoes outside and rub them through the grass and dirt. Mystified, she nonetheless complied. He slipped into his shoes and drove home.
"Where have you been!" demanded his wife when he entered the house.
"Darling, I can't lie to you. I've been having an affair with my secretary and we've been having sex all afternoon. I fell asleep and didn't wake up until eight o'clock."
The wife glanced down at his shoes and said, "You lying *******! You've been playing golf!"

:D

Whitelighter
29-08-11, 18:59
Change again,

we are now 5 - myself, RickP, JHR, Chas25 and Mrs Chas25

duncan
29-08-11, 19:45
Actually I would rather TwistedKnee hadn't put this information in the public domain. I've been telling SWMBO I am planning to stay in a hotel for the weekend with another woman. Now she's going to find out the real reason .... I'm doomed !

I can understand this........

prv
29-08-11, 20:02
Total of two people for my entry.

Cheers

Pete

Pinnacle
30-08-11, 17:30
Change again,

we are now 5 - myself, RickP, JHR, Chas25 and Mrs Chas25

JHR - I pity you........!!:eek::eek:




Only kidding - Mrs Chas25 is very nice!
:D:D:D:D

jhr
30-08-11, 18:10
:D :D

Every Forumite I have ever met (including Rick and Jez) has been clutching a glass full of alcohol at the time. I do hope Mr and Mrs Chas25 aren't going to spoil this honourable tradition....

:D

Pinnacle
30-08-11, 21:08
:D :D

Every Forumite I have ever met (including Rick and Jez) has been clutching a glass full of alcohol at the time. I do hope Mr and Mrs Chas25 aren't going to spoil this honourable tradition....

:D

No danger!!:D

Sailfree
31-08-11, 13:29
As there now appears to be no time limit to edit a post I am using my original post of Runners and Starters to keep a total list of those interested and numbers.

Please advise if you have any other formites on board so that I can list them as I believe many are encouraged to attend the Cherbourg Cruise as it enables them to put a face to a particular formite.

Please advise on numbers and any veggies. I will start the spreadsheet in September and distribute it only to personal e mail addresses. Content is usually Name, boat name, numbers, other formites on board, mobile numbers, personal e mail address, departure port, estimated date/time of departure & destination (a number go to St Vaast for Friday night)

To start this I have the details from previous years so if you have changed anything please PM me. If you do not want me to share any info I might already have again please e mail me. I try to ensure that the spreadsheet is as helpful to others as possible (many like to arrange to sail in company) but I only want to include the info that you are happy to share.

We have been so lucky with the weather in recent years for the Saturday afternoon boat/pontoon gathering but am open to suggested drinking venues where people can circulate and chat to others if it is raining. At present I can only think of the YC. Any suggestions for probably 40 people? I consider the Saturday gathering important as at the evening meal many sit with their crew (any suggestions for mixing this up?) and I want to make it all inclusive and avoid small groups gathering on individual boats that could give the appearance of excluding others.

Please also keep an eye on the other threads with crew seeking berths and fit in the extra person if possible.

mjcp
31-08-11, 20:17
Crew available (http://www.ybw.com/forums/showpost.php?p=3110261&postcount=2) :)

Whitelighter
01-09-11, 20:33
:D :D

Every Forumite I have ever met (including Rick and Jez) has been clutching a glass full of alcohol at the time. I do hope Mr and Mrs Chas25 aren't going to spoil this honourable tradition....

:D

Well,

In the case or Mr & Mrs Chas25 it is much more likely to be two glasses (each) but the principle remains intact I suppose...

colhel
05-09-11, 18:52
By adding my name here am I commiting myself to anything? :o

Part of me is saying "go for it, you know you can". The other part isn't so sure :confused:

Colin

galadriel
05-09-11, 18:55
Go on! Its all down hill from the south coast and France is a big country, you cant miss it!

colhel
05-09-11, 19:09
Go on! Its all down hill from the south coast and France is a big country, you cant miss it!

I don't think you realise how stupid I am.

mjcp
05-09-11, 20:00
Go on! Its all down hill from the south coast and France is a big country, you cant miss it!

Yes but size isn't everything is it ;)

mjcp

galadriel
05-09-11, 20:23
I don't think you realise how stupid I am.

Try explaining.:D

Sailfree
06-09-11, 19:37
I would like to firm up on numbers so could you please (if its not already listed alongside your name) the total number on your boat. See post #2 in this thread which I intend to keep editing as I receive further info.

If you initially expressed an interest but cannot now make it could you please let me know.

We need to advise the YC on approx numbers for evening meal.

Thanks

duncan
06-09-11, 19:50
I will be 2 if I can get there.

However I need light winds/slight sea to attend - as usual.

In good conditions I will be at St V as well.

Topcat47
06-09-11, 23:40
Me + 1 (non-scuttlebut but keen). PM sent also.

Angele
07-09-11, 11:33
If you initially expressed an interest but cannot now make it could you please let me know.

Sorry, Sailfree. Please strike Angele off the list. I have received the three line whip from SWMBO that I am required elsewhere that weekend.

Totally gutted. Was looking forward to it. Although I am now sailing the previous weekend, it won't be the same. Not only will I not have the chance to meet more forumites, I will also be missing out on the opportunity to replenish my stocks of calvados. :(

Ah well, there is always next year. :)

Talulah
08-09-11, 11:03
Talulah - 1
I have been subcontracted to do a X-Channel to Cherbourg for another sailing school.
Onboard will be some producers from BBC, ITV, Sky.
I hope to escape whilst they go off and do their thing or all 5 of them may tag along to the yacht club.

jhr
08-09-11, 11:30
Onboard will be some producers from BBC, ITV, Sky.
I hope to escape whilst they go off and do their thing or all 5 of them may tag along to the yacht club.

As long as they don't bring their cameras with them..... :(

colhel
08-09-11, 21:39
Myself and mjcp will be joining in :)

Tribute
11-09-11, 16:56
May be able to attend this year, was good fun last year. I may sail a 17 foot bathtub over or ask some friends if they are going and join them, or "drive" 20 foot stinkboat over.. will check the weather and finances and see what I can do.

duncan
12-09-11, 18:35
May be able to attend this year, was good fun last year. I may sail a 17 foot bathtub over or ask some friends if they are going and join them, or "drive" 20 foot stinkboat over.. will check the weather and finances and see what I can do.

would you be heading over from Poole in the 'stink pot'?

Tribute
12-09-11, 23:56
If I can make it will be leaving from southampton.

DJE
13-09-11, 10:37
Sorry folks but we're falling by the wayside. Too much work around at the moment and as we had a lot of time off for the Brittany trip we've got to make hay while the sun shines. Can you take us off the list please.

wizard
13-09-11, 10:42
Can someone remind me how much in Euros we need per person for the meal please?

galadriel
13-09-11, 12:35
Sorry folks but we're falling by the wayside. Too much work around at the moment and as we had a lot of time off for the Brittany trip we've got to make hay while the sun shines. Can you take us off the list please.

Thats a shame, we need to catch up!

Twister_Ken
13-09-11, 18:45
Sorry folks but we're falling by the wayside. Too much work around at the moment and as we had a lot of time off for the Brittany trip we've got to make hay while the sun shines.

Oh good. The sun is going to shine!

DJE
13-09-11, 23:14
Oh good. The sun is going to shine!

Nah, last time I cried off they had NE F6 all the way home!

duncan
14-09-11, 11:56
Nah, last time I cried off they had NE F6 all the way home!

prefer T-K's interpretation.....

sorry to hear you will miss it though.

Talbot
14-09-11, 12:54
Is there going to be a number we can text if plans have to change due to weather or other factors to let the organisers know what we are doing?

Sailfree
14-09-11, 16:33
Is there going to be a number we can text if plans have to change due to weather or other factors to let the organisers know what we are doing?

I will e mail a spreadsheet next week (early) with my contact details.

I also request that everyone confirms attendance either at the afternoon boat/pontoon gathering or by contacting me.

Sailfree
15-09-11, 15:15
Still got 6 boats that have put their names down but not confirmed numbers - see list in post #2.

Could you please let me know if your intended numbers change.

Fergus has booked for 60 (maximum for YC would be 70).

Obviously weather may be a big factor but we rely on the goodwill of the YC to cater for the number that turn up so I would like to make the best effort to keep them regularly informed.

Final headcount will be on the Saturday afternoon at the boat/pontoon gathering so please check in with me. If you are running late please text me. My mobile number will be on the spreadsheet I send out (no change in last 25yrs although mobile phone was the size of a double brick then!!).

Providing I get my act together I will bring blank labels and marker pens and encourage everyone to wear their forum name. This does encourage everone to mix and approach total strangers.

Any suggestions for an afternoon venue instead of pontoon if its raining?? At present YC seems the best option.

If I am slurring my words then please accept my appologies for my speech impediment unfortunately talking total rubbish also accompanies the speech impediment (for those that know me thats more rubbish than normal!)

Sailfree
15-09-11, 15:30
We are the victims of our on sucess in that the greater the numbers the less the YC can cater for choice. At 60 we are near the maximum number - hence we needed to make one choice.

The menu Fergus suggested would please the most and I agreed is:-

Rocket and smoked ham salad with melon sorbet
Steak with maitre d'hotel sauce
Cheese
Assorted pastries

There will be a vegi option please advise me if you want vegi.

Price is 35Euro collected at the table in CASH!!

Extra wine and drinks ordered at the table must be paid for on delivery.

I am sure you appreciate the YC cannot keep tabs on a group of 60-70 with individual drinks bills (there will be a quantity of wine included with the meal) or a few individuals wishing to pay by credit card. I get the total bill and need to pay it. This has gone well in previous years with one person from each table collecting that tables money and your co-operation is appreciated. Please be ready for the odd crew member that sits on another table to be able to pay for the meal on that table.

Last year a number of boats sat their crews on a number of tables and the complete mix seemed to work very well. Please discuss with your crew whether they want to do this this year and don't all fight to join the table with the attractive woman as she will most likely already be married to a fellow formite!!

Most important - enjoy!!

moodyNick
15-09-11, 16:00
ANy forumite with an attractive wife is unlikely to take her to Cherbourg to meet a load of hairy arsed drunken forumites!

Talbot
15-09-11, 16:29
Any suggestions for an afternoon venue instead of pontoon if its raining?? At present YC seems the best option.


If Rick and I are berthed together, there is going to be a lot of space in my cockpit and saloon, and if he is happy to do so as well, the two of us should be able to accomodate a sizeable percentage of us.

Dont forget please that we need to be on the non-finger side of the pontoon as we will not fit between the fingers.

Sailfree
15-09-11, 17:12
Dont forget please that we need to be on the non-finger side of the pontoon as we will not fit between the fingers.

I can arrange discount berthing but cherbourg only does first come, first served for berthing.

You could try to contact them and see if they will reserve a place.

Sailfree
15-09-11, 17:13
ANy forumite with an attractive wife is unlikely to take her to Cherbourg to meet a load of hairy arsed drunken forumites!

A number either have been silly enough OR taken their wives to prove they were going to Cherbourg!!

galadriel
15-09-11, 18:24
A number either have been silly enough OR taken their wives to prove they were going to Cherbourg!!

SWMBO turned up last year on the ferry 'as a surprise'. Seems my heart is OK!:D

KREW2
16-09-11, 12:05
Doesn't look like I will be able to make it. Iv'e been struggling to walk for three weeks, I was hoping things would improve with rest, but they have got worse, I have just been to the doc who has referred me for keyhole surgery on my knee. He has offered me some strong pain killers. Should they work I may have a word with the rest of the crew about bringing me along as a passenger, but I'm not holding out too much hope.
I'm gutted, not just for myself, but for rest of the lads who I know will be dissapointed.
Sailfree, thats Almada with 4 crew

Sailfree
16-09-11, 12:09
Doesn't look like I will be able to make it. Iv'e been struggling to walk for three weeks, I was hoping things would improve with rest, but they have got worse, I have just been to the doc who has referred me for keyhole surgery on my knee. He has offered me some strong pain killers. Should they work I may have a word with the rest of the crew about bringing me along as a passenger, but I'm not holding out too much hope.
I'm gutted, not just for myself, but for rest of the lads who I know will be dissapointed.
Sailfree, thats Almada with 4 crew

Hope it quickly improves even if not in time for Cherbourg soon after.

prv
16-09-11, 17:03
Right.

Checked my crew is still up for it.

Made arrangements for insurance (our usual cover is UK only).

Just need to sit down and come up with a more concrete passage plan, and we're sorted.

Oh, and bribe Simon to lay on some decent weather :D

Pete

Martin_J
18-09-11, 23:27
Sailfree..
After seeing a few people decide they might not be able to go... I have done the opposite and decided that I might be able to go.. .
Could you add Jubilant to the list please and we'll set off from Portsmouth and aim for St Vaast on the Friday followed by Cherbourg on the Saturday morning.
(Two persons on board!)... Many thanks Martin_J

KREW2
19-09-11, 20:52
I have a plan that the crew approve of, we are going to meet tomorrow. I will report back.

KREW2
20-09-11, 18:12
I have a plan that the crew approve of, we are going to meet tomorrow. I will report back.

Looks like we are coming. Hope there will be room at the YC, if not we will do our own thing.

Sailfree
20-09-11, 19:30
Looks like we are coming. Hope there will be room at the YC, if not we will do our own thing.

Can you quickly PM me boat name, and your contact details and how many to dine please and i will add you to spreasdsheet.

Talulah
21-09-11, 15:24
Last year a number of boats sat their crews on a number of tables and the complete mix seemed to work very well. Please discuss with your crew whether they want to do this this year and don't all fight to join the table with the attractive woman as she will most likely already be married to a fellow formite!!


3 single woman on Talulah. However, oilies request is for an XL, L and M so draw your own conclusions!
Could just be that the XL knows she has to add many layers to stay warm.

You may have guessed from the above that work is pretty boring and Friday night won't come quick enough.

Sailfree
21-09-11, 16:20
3 single woman on Talulah. However, oilies request is for an XL, L and M so draw your own conclusions!
Could just be that the XL knows she has to add many layers to stay warm.

You may have guessed from the above that work is pretty boring and Friday night won't come quick enough.

It might make an interesting mix if they decide to join you for the YC meal