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Marchwood YC Easter Minicruise to France, 2011

7 boats took part, including two Rustler 36s. Harvard and Ariadne. The weather was pleasant on the southbound crossing to Cherbourg,with the Needles dawn giving  a spectacular display.

However, there was little wind so it was a tedious trip under engine. White Spirit, the smallest boat in the fleet was making her first independent Channel crossing, so we kept in regular VHF touch. During the brief stay in Cherbourg, Dairne and I enjoyed an excellent meal at the La Regence restaurant.

After a sociable day in Cherbourg, the fleet proceeded to St Vaast, again under power, but further progress to Carentan was prevented by strong NE winds through the middle of the week.

Harvard crossed back to Poole on Thursday, experiencing a variety of frustrating variations in wind strength and direction; while Ariadne crossed back to Keyhaven with a a brisk NE wind early on Friday, but even that faded and the engine was needed for nearly half the trip. On the northbound crossing, the visibility was poor, rarely exceeding 3 miles, so a good AIS display was most comforting.

The Fleet re-assembled on the Saturday in Newtown. Harvard and Ariadne both returned to Marchwood on the Sunday to beat winds strengthening to near gale force on the second Bank Holiday, 2nd May.

More photos are available in  the summer 2011 Album on flickr

And on flickr...

MYC Minicruise on Flickr

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