Sunshine and Smiles through the Swell. 23/08/2016
After two days of waiting there was an air of excitement dockside at the Haslar Marina as crews prepared for their sunrise departure from Gosport for leg 1 of the ARC Channel Islands Rally yesterday, Monday 22 August. Tides and passage plans made for an early start, with boats setting off between 0400 and 0600 for the 70nm passage to Cherbourg.There was a fair forecast of declining SW winds and the prospect of sunshine ahead, but the crews would need to “earn their spurs” fighting the sloppy seas off Bembridge Ledge early on. Leading the fleet out to sea was Ruby Star with veteran skipper Guy Warner, always keen to support and encourage his fellow ralliers. His radio calls reporting wind conditions and sea states were invaluable to the boats further back. The SW F5/6 off Bembridge did... Click here for more info..