CRUISE BLOG: Day 3 Channel Islands & Brittany
The fleet arrive in Jersey
After a quick online weather check, Neale aboard cruise control boat, TLSea was underway and heading out towards Cap de la Hague to assess the sea conditions for a fleet passage to St Helier. An hour later the call was a ‘go’ and soon all the flat boats were departing Port Chantereyne and the huge walled-harbour at Cherbourg.
The wind had swung around to the west and despite a little wind over a decreasing tide chop up to the Cap boats were able to make steady progress along the coastline. At Cap de la Hague strong tides meet and converge at the top the Alderney Race, so in order to get the best conditions, arrival was timed for around slack water. Once around the Cap the fleet turned south, traveling down Alderney Race between the French Cotentin peninsula and the Channel Islands. Enroute the islands of Alderney, Sark and Guernsey were very clearly visible in the beautiful, sunny conditions. Once past the island of Sark a gentle rolling swell from the west was experienced, a common characteristic of this cruising area.
Soon the boats were travelling along the west coast of Jersey, passing the Desormes west cardinal and the lighthouse at Corbiere, before turning east towards the port of St Helier. The first boats were arriving in St Helier at 1030, amongst these was Barefoot with MBO staffer, Claire onboard. Boats were fuelled quickly and efficiently by Steve and his team at the Rubis fuel berth, and were soon entering the St Helier Marina basin where they would be berthing for the night. Most boats were arranged on pontoon A at the southern end of the marina, close to the marina’s tidal sill, with a few boats on finger berths on pontoon E.
Crews had the rest of the day to explore, many of which hit St Helier’s cosmopolitan high street, with some stocking up for supper at the superb fish market. With their fold up bicycles deployed, James and Ruth aboard Katriona cycled to the St Aubin Yacht Club, stopping for supplies at the Tesco supermarket on the way back.
The fleet will remain in St Helier for the scheduled two nights which will allow everyone to the many sights of Jersey. A group dinner has been arranged at the St Helier Yacht Club for the second night.
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