Cross Channel

Thursday evening saw us easing ‘Lone Star’, an Oceanis 411 yacht chartered from those nice folk at Five Star Sailing, out of Warsash for a night sail to either France or the Channel Islands, depending on the prevailing conditions. At first we thought perhaps it would be a motoring weekend, but as we slipped out past the Needles the wind came up and we made sail, deciding on Cherbourg as our destination.

We made Cherbourg-Octeville at around eleven on Friday morning. And slept. 🙂 Friday evening we explored the town and found several bars with several rather splendid beers (some brewed on the premises) and a pool table. On Saturday, most of us feeling a bit more alive but a couple of us feeling very, very less so (sympathy? I’ve heard of it), wimbled around town preparing for the return sail with many espresso’s. There’s a pretty good submarine museum on the edge of the port, which we failed to make time for but which will get planned in for next time.

We slipped moorings at eight o’clock, but with no wind and cold and clammy fog most of the way we motored the whole way, arriving at Yarmouth at six; having a less eventful night than some from  the number of PAN-PAN’s we heard on the VHF. We moored up outside the port and made the rest of the run home after a couple of hours kip and some eats. All told, another 160 miles with 10 night hours for the log book. I didn’t take photo’s this time, but if anyone else sends my pictures I’ll upload them to the normal place.

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