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The Wet and Windy Week

Cruise 22 - 11th to 18th August – Plymouth to Plymouth

SAT 11th Aug — a heap of young adults piled into my car and promptly fell asleep, as did the first mate Linda, leaving me to enjoy a warm, sunny start to our holiday – giving little clue of the weather that we were to experience later in the week, although my old bit of dried sea weed was lifting an eye lid trying to warn me.

In my pocket was the solution to all the problems we had endured with the fresh water system. On a previous trip I had spent some time upside down and back to front trying to trace an air leak which had persistently remained out of reach. After a complicated process which included completely servicing the water pump I had traced the cause to an old pressure relief valve, which had to be replaced.

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  2011 Hits
2011 Hits

Sailing back to Brighton

Kate on Brighton BelleCrew: Nigel, Richard, Dan, Jason, Stuart, Hille, Steve, Kate

It was Friday 12th October, early evening when we met Linda and Nigel. I was welcomed by Nigel with, 'you must be two drinks'. Wink This was followed by a chat and quick checklist of the equipment. We then hit the road - Brighton to Gosport. After what felt like an endless journey down Gosport road we finally reached the marina where we met Dan and Steve.

The evening was completed with a visit to the Castle Tavern; massive food portions with drinks - good value for money.

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Cruise Report 23 June to 30 June

SAT. 23 JUNE—the crew assembled in Jersey under the eagle eye of Nigel and his mate Bill Catchpole who had both arrived the day before to arrange some eccentric victualling. On their arrival Nigel and Bill were somewhat flumoxed when, asked to be taken to the St Helier Marina, were told by their Glaswegian taxi driver that there were four so which one did they want. Eventually happily united with BB they had then embarked upon a rapacious Indian vindaloo dinner washed down with some vicious red-eye, the consequences of which they embellished to the discomfort of the joining crew.

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Raffle Prize!

A day out on ‘Brighton Belle’ was the star prize in a fund-raising auction in aid of ‘Race2Recovery’, a charity supporting injured servicemen and women. A group of my friends secured it as a very generous present for my sixtieth birthday.

Finding a date convenient for everybody resulted in our deciding to go ahead the day the weather broke - having been duly warned that the worst-case scenario might be a celebration in the harbour.

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Boarded by French Customs!

Bob Williams (skipper), Stephen Avery, Jane Roderic-Evans, Gordon Wills and Steve Benham.


We joined Brighton Belle in St Helier marina, Jersey, after an easy flight from Gatwick. She was moored on a hammerhead close to the marina entrance. Our first job after settling in was to turn her stem to stern, so that we'd be pointing in the right direction for our departure the next day. The wind was blowing us onto the pontoon, so the manoeuvre was accomplished by springing the stern out against a bow spring, then walking the bow along the pontoon.

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Cruising out of Plymouth

Bob Williams (skipper), Anthony Prior (mate), Wendy Caules, Kate Guthrie

We drove down to Plymouth from Brighton, crammed into Bob's Audi A4, on Saturday 4 August, arriving at Mayflower marina in warm sunshine. Nigel and Linda handed over a nice, clean boat, but unfortunately the pressure relief valve on top of the calorifier had failed, and the replacement that I had bought was the wrong fitting. We therefore inherited a carefully designed method for using the heads, which entailed keeping a bucket of fresh water in each head.

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Trip 1 - 1st to 9th June

Crew: Nigel McMillan, Linda McMillan, Howard Goodbourn, Alex Goodbourn, Richard Horsler, Stuart Holton, Peter Millar

Fri 1st June:
About 100 boats gathered early in the morning for the annual Royal Escape Race, but due to the light conditions it was little more than a drift to the first mark.

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Loch Fyne to Arran

Bob Williams (skipper), Fiona Bernard (mate), Stephen Avery, Jane Roderic-Evans, Leon Prior.

Our week on board Brighton Belle from 9 to 16 July 2011 included a 30 mile expedition to the top of Loch Fyne, where we picked up one of the three visitor's moorings.

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Brighton to Plymouth

Brian (skipper), Phil (mate), Fiona, Stephen and Diana

We had successfully negotiated the trolley dash round Asda, bagged our bunks, and removed the sail covers, so now all we had to do was to take the plunge, leave the security of Brighton Marina and head for the open sea and all points west on Brighton Belle’s maiden cruise to the West Country.

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2011 May day cruise east of Brighton

This was a great day out of Brighton with a group of German friends. The cliffs around Beachy Head were spectacular.

 

 

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