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    For us it was one of the best crossing's we've had. Not the fastest by a long way but enough wind for the sailing to be fast and relaxing.

    That said - as it was our first from Cherbourg to Chichester I suppose technically it was a record - just under 12 hours harbour entrance to harbour entrance.

    Thanks to everyone who made it such an anjoyable weekend - especially to whoever organised the weather

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    Sincere thanks to Sailfree for organising the trip.

    In common with other posters, motored for a bit on the way back and then had a great sail in a building wind. Max 10.8kts on the log! We were held back a bit due to the considerable extra weight we were carrying following the visits ( no, thats not a typo ) to Majestic.

    Any chance we can book the same wind directions and speeds for next year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinnacle View Post
    Any chance we can book the same wind directions and speeds for next year?
    We have had great weather for the Saturday afternoon gathering for the last 2 years and a good sail back on the Sunday but it strikes me that if you leave early you end up motoring for the 1st few hours.

    Weatherwise - See what we can do for next year. Interestingly had a late response from St Vaast offering 50% berthing discount providing 1 person pays for all the boats. September 2011 is a long way off but I will see what tempting offers St Vaast can come up with even if its just a warm up meet on the Thursday or Friday night for those that can make it.

    Always looking for ways to improve it but having tried other options am presently convinced that the majority want the meal at Cherbourg YC which can cater for 50 -70 people and to a reasonable standard. I think Fergus's conversations with the YC in his fluent French has given the scuttlebutt cruise greater respect and hence the even better food quality that was enjoyed this year - Thanks Fergus.

    I get the impression that while the weather gods smile on us the afternoon pontoon/boat gathering and the YC evening meal are integral so I am just thinking of adding a St Vaast evening option for say the Thursday or Friday. I say the Thursday as a possible for St Vaast as I want to arrive at Cherbourg earlier next year and provide a better spread of nibbles and drinks and start the afternoon at say 14.00. Thanks to the many that contributed so kindly by bring further alcohol etc and pleased to report they were all emptied before the end as I would cry if I had to throw good wine away and red wine spilt on the way home makes such a mess!

    Keep suggestions for improvements coming but please accept that we cannot please everyone and the success of recent years makes me think that our pathfinders in the earlier organisers have already steered us in the right direction.
    Last edited by Sailfree; 20-09-10 at 13:46.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinnacle View Post
    Sincere thanks to Sailfree for organising the trip.

    Any chance we can book the same wind directions and speeds for next year?
    Bit more south in it please. Ok going NE, but for us a fetch for 2/3rds of the way, and close hauled for our final run into Portland made it quite heavy going. Still managed to do it in just over nine and a half hours.
    A great weekend, and superb menu choice many thanks to the organizers.

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    Roger - I think you're right in sticking to what we have got used too ... we tried one year in another restaurant - and whilst I was happy with the food, it was a much longer walk to get there and they didn't have enough room inside - so some were in a marquee ...

    I would also like to get to St Vaast - may try for it next year

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyInBed View Post
    We saw some sort of Fleet Auxiliary tarting about going in all directions to our East (S of IOW). Maybe it was playing with the Sub? Unusual for a Sunday!
    It was RFA Argus:

    http://www.shipais.com/shiptrail.php...&date=20100919

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    we left at 10 BST, got home to Gosport at 01:30, had a slow start with the boat rolling all over the place, the wind and waves on our stern, but the wind picked up later so we had to reef well, gusting force seven by 9pm, you faster guys missed all the fun. Almost bumped into Argus south of the Island, She swung round infront of us and started moving directly toward us, we were already experiencing 33kn across the deck at that time, tearing along with the odd wave splashing into the cockpit so we were soaked, seeing Argus bearing down on us certainly made us move fast, we managed to get out of the way by putting the engine on hard and bearing away, pulling out with only metres to spare, they clearly hadnt seen us, and didnt respond when I tried calling them up on 16 afterwards, but a hellicopter apeared shortly after, buzzed around a bit then disapeared.

    It was a fantastic trip, fun and exciting, thank you so much for organising it, and I definately will come over with my boat again, Chrissie

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    We set a new record! And yes flapjack, 16 hours! We blame the navy... Was a long trip. Anyone that left on Sunday morning if you saw a rather dead looking body face down on the deck well you can guess... And another dead looking figure face down in cockpit... We had a good night but wouldn't say we were feeling to strong at 2am but still going! I'm hoping no one has any photos of that night!

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    A very memorable night, thanks very much to Rodger for organising a very fun weekend’s sailing and drinking, (sorry for the state James got back to you in, luckily he didn’t have far to walk lol) we had a very slow crossing on the way back which was not helped by having to make a detour around a navy live firing practice just as we were getting to the Isle of Wight took 15 ½ hours berth to berth, we saw a couple of warships yesterday on the way back. Although I think next year we will retire for the night a little earlier

    p.s Pete hope your heads better now
    Alcohol doesn’t make you fat it makes you lean..
    On bar, tables, chairs, ugly people..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foster's View Post
    Well I think everyone had a brilliant time. How's everyones heads? I came round this morning and discovered I had left a moody 54 for a 34footer at the end of the pontoon. Names are not mentioned to protect the guilty of there crimes of drunken behaviour we are all suffering greatly!
    You wernt sure where you where, were you? When you called up Warship Quorn, claiming to be Galadriel, I thought there was an echo on the radio!
    'The will of the people' = The will of a few fanatics who have duped the unsuspecting.

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