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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 9:06 am
by Ru88ell
I'm heading off today to get the Portsmouth - St Malo ferry tonight, and hope to be rigged and on the water in Larmour Baden by Sunday evening.

I'll be posting images to almost as it happens, and blogging each night at provided I can get some wifi or 3G.

I'm really looking forward to meeting up with Stephan and David over there.

PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 10:04 am
by Ru88ell
I thought I'd throw a few thoughts down on this event to help first timers in 2015.

It's an amazing spectacle to be a part of, and the area is fantastic for sailing. The weather could have been a lot kinder; winds were rarely below F4 and often much more. A later Easter would be preferable next time!

I think I would have preferred class 7 bis to 3 bis for the simple reason that more of them lived aboard. In 3 bis most of the crews tied up boats on arrival in port, then were away on land somewhere until next morning. A few times we felt as though we were a boat 'baby sitting service'.

As 'first timers' I felt that some information was lacking. We arrived in some locations and didn't have a clue what to do or where to go. Those 'in the know' seemed to cut the route short or set off early to be sure of getting the best spots on the calmest buoys - then just leave their boats there whilst live aboards were tossed around on moorings in the strongest streams.

Toilet and shower facilities were quite rare. We managed just one shower in the week! Some ports were miles away from any shops, so you really needed to keep up your food stocks just in case.

The ramp at Arradon was the best we came across, and the one we recovered from, having been craned in at Larmor Baden. It was a good as any I've seen anywhere so far, with a slope just right for us, and with a pontoon alongside. The hose has great pressure and fits our hub wash kits perfectly.

It was great to meet up with David Peck, which we did at Portsmouth on the way out. We moored together quite a few times, and finally split as the M27 divided East or West on the return. We saw Stephan a few times.

A lot of people made nice comments about our boats, and I hope Bob gets some enquiries.

I wouldn't say I'm a definite for 2015 - more of a 'maybe'.

PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 11:38 am
by Ru88ell
Here's a short video of us crossing the 'Berder gap' last week.

PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 5:23 pm
by Dennis
Hello Russell

I notice from your blog that you were moored alongside a Winkle Brig.

A fantastic little pocket cruiser, I loved mine. Great fun to sail, but no match for a CC19.

Where it does beat a CC19 though is in the amount of space it offers down below, especially for a boat of it's size. (16 feet on deck, 20 feet inc. bowsprit)

How it manages this trick is having no compression post and no centreboard casing. What a difference that makes.
The vertical mast load is taken by a (wooden) beam across the cabin front and it has twin lifting keels which rise into casings fitted under the forward end of the quarter berths.

The boat has a full internal moulding and lots of internal timber to give a cosy feel.

The volume between the internal moulding and the hull is filled with foam, making the boat unsinkable.

I have fond memories, I may not have been so happy though if I had to sail one against a CC19, just no contest! :D