party trick then I'd be delighted. She probably felt a bit small and insignificant next to all those big shiny boats at Cherbourg
The marina is great and "boat that rocks" restaurant is big enough
Portland. 2012. Olympix?
Next time, it'll all be different.
I do have a certain sway on the adjacent moorings to the marina, maybe even at the Academy, and the Olympic nausea doesn't start until July and the event is in June. Anchorage is available for those that want it and
This years' rules were:
Midsummer Madness Cruise 2011..
Yachts may start their cruise from anywhere and covers any continuous 24hr period from 1200 on 20th June 2010 until the main get together at the RNSA moorings in Portland Harbour, starting at 1700 21st June 2011. The choice of starting point and route to Portland is left to the individual skipper’s decision, who should be aware of the conditions and proceed in a seamanlike fashion.
Yachts may use sail or motor to carry out the cruise, but distance under sail alone shall count for double miles. Buoys/Headlands and lights shall act as turning points [ called Waypoints]. Distances shall be measured over the ground and should include at least one leg greater than 20 miles. International Collision regulations shall apply with particular attention being made to comply with VTS schemes. A written log shall be kept and a paper chart record of the cruise with hourly information, as a minimum kept, and produced at the meet, for scrutiny.
Additional miles may be gained by;
Entry and stay in a port/harbour for 1+ hrs
[Treble miles for foreign parts]
Anchoring for 15+mins[double if to 2 anchors]
Launch dinghy and row ashore with +50% crew
Man overboard practice, including recovery
Cook a 3 course meal whilst underway
Reef / Set storm sails
Heave to for 10 mins for a brew
Stream warps or lie to storm anchor.
Construct weather map from weather forecast
Take and plot an astro sight
Most junior crew member to take over navigation for 4 hrs and produce 20 min fixes, by a variety of methods including tide calculations.
Crew member to masthead
Catch a fish [first only to count]
Crew member to swim round ship
Bake bread or cake
Calibrate log [ Portland Hbr free of tidal stream]
Swing compass and produce deviation table
Dress ship overall
Go aground or have a collision
- 25 miles
Yachts should communicate on channel 6 or flag hoist, the number of miles claimed on arrival.
The above are to be applied in the spirit of the cruise and in the event of dispute the sole judge shall be organiser.
There is no entry fee, but indications of participation in advance please to enable prize and liquid refreshment preparation. OPUS of Mudford Sock [10m Catamaran], will be the initial focus point on 21st June 2011, where your prize can be collected.
Apologies for lack of format, but it should give you an idea.
Do the storm sails / trailing warps have to be under press of weather, or can you rig them for half an hour in a sunny F3 and claim the miles? (Hoping the latter!)
Have to admit I'm a bit rusty at some of the formal navigation tasks. Perhaps I'll have to ship my nav-geek friend as crew
we'll give you an extra 3.