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This was a strange year, divided into several episodes. We went to see our sailing friends, Peter and Maureen Shaw who live in the Cotswolds. It was a delightful episode.

The Spring in Southampton was unusual because of snow, and we managed to get the boat launched in time for a Spring Cruise. We had hoped to go the France, but when we got to Cherbourg, the French fisherman had blockaded the port with a cable across the harbour entrance. So we went to the Channel Islands instead. With unsettled weather, a diesel leak from the engine, and no refuge ports available in France, our plan to go to Chausey, the Minquiers, and The Ecrehous had to be abandoned.

In early June, Iain, Clare and the twins, Harry and Alice arrived from New Zealand. We had nearly a week with them on the boat in the Solent before they went off to Lincolnshire and Norfolk to see the rest of the family. The weather was not kind.

Finally we got away on our cruise in mid July. The weather was not encouraging. Finally we got to Falmouth hoping to get across the Channel to Brittany. We were there two weeks, mainly hiding up the Fal, and meeting friends there.  The highlight of our stay was a day out on Midday Sun, a Tradewinds 35, to see the Pendennis Cup, a race for the large yachts, including several schooners. We got some really good pictures

After getting our diesel leak fixed, we gave up any idea of France, and made our way home,

The highlights of the tail of the season included a trip by Dairne to Greece, while I had an interesting single handed cruise round the Isle of Wight (included at the end of the W country set).

This was the first year we had the instruments and AIS connected to the laptop. Coupled with the new Nobeltec C-Map MaxPro software, it proved a powerful combination.

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2008 a difficult year PDF Log





You Tube (W Country)




The Log of this trip is available in the following form to friends. Contact me if you would like to see one of the publications.

If agreed, it will normally be delivered via Dropbox.

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2008 Channel Islands Cruise You Tube