Scuttlebutt to Cherbourg 2005
OK folks, its that time of year again !
Last year, we had major problems identifying how many people intended to travel to Cherbourg on which date etc, followed by a debacle in finding somewhere to meet and eat.
Within two weeks of our return, good old Twister Ken made provisional reservations at the Cherbourg Yacht Club fopr September 17th 2005.
Now for the Good News - we still have reservations at the Yacht Club
But there is also Bad News - we had to change it to 24th September !
Unfortunately, RORC have organised a race to Cherbourg on 17th and pulled rank at the Yacht Club. There is no other venue suitable, close enough to the marina, in Ken's and my view.
17th is also a big spring tide, whereas 24th is neapy. It clashes with other things like SBS, but there is no perfect date.
So 24th September it is. No debate.
For the uninitiated, the concept is for forumites to travel to Cherbourg by boat (train or car for french residents), meet up for a nosh and a quiet drink, usually followed a few noisy ones.
A very important point: all sailing decisions are down to individual skippers. ie who they take aboard, passage plans, assessment of weather forecasts etc. There will be plenty of guidance, debate and banter on this forum, but skippers take their own responsibility. Other forumites seeking to crew are asked to respect this.
As Ken is gallantly dealing with the Yacht Club, I will cause my usual confusion by compiling the list of boats, skippers, crews etc.
Closer to the time, when we have an estimate of numbers, we will forewarn the marina. We will also make specific eating arrangements and advise costs etc - I am sure it will be very reasonable.
A couple of the regulars like iangrant and zefender will be heading for the ARC, but hopefully new boats will join us - the more the merrier.
Next steps -
Skippers - please announce your intention to travel by adding a post.
Others looking for a berth - add a post on here or PM any skippers who might have spare room.
Something like that anyway - it will all come out in the wash !
was BIGNICK, SkyTalk, MoodyNick in the past.