Start of the Transquadra 2014 at Saint-Nazaire

Submitted by steve

This year's summer cruise was based on being able to get to St. Nazaire in time for the start of the Transquadra 2014 first to Madeira, as Cherbourg friends Louis-Marie Dussere and Thierry Lacour are sailing 'Raging Bee' in the race; to qualify you have to be amateur and over forty, though the competition is nevertheless very strong, with a large number of JPKs and Sun Fast 3200s among the 61 starters, making a race within a race for both the Cherbourg boats.

Barts Bash Brief

Submitted by daddsie

Most of you will be aware of the mounting excitement of forthcoming Barts bash fundraisers, parties and of course the event itself.

JOG Week on Wildfire - Part 1

Wildfire leaving Cowes

On Friday the Wildfire crew started to assemble on the boat over on Shepard's Wharf in Cowes. The last crew member joined the boat slightly late on in the evening but was welcomed onboard none the less.
The crew welcomed Saturday morning with the kind of fresh enthusiasm and vigour that most sailing crews have at the start of a regatta - that enthusiasm would be tested in the following hours.

Magnificent Megan European Champion

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Megan Pascoe struck gold as she competed in the e 2.4mR Europeans on Snekermeer in Friesland, Netherlands. Home to Sneek Week where 1000 boats from 43 classes turn up on a small piece of water so 54 2.4mR's seemed easy.

Iron Age Sailing (part 2): Navigating with Clouds

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Nervous sailors worry about losing sight of land, but how did people navigate before even the compass? Iron Age trade between the Continent and England made South Coast ports like Radipole, Hamworthy and Hengistbury important destinations, but how could sailors make reliable landfall with their cargoes? This series of pictures gives a simple clue, showing the coasts of both England and France - in the sky.

At last - an article without 'Cherbourg' in the title (oops)..

Submitted by steve

Finding myself again in you-know-where, having looked at the forecast and thought 'why not?', I was very pleased to catch up with Figaro sailors Alexis Loison and Nicolas Jossier outside the capitainerie, with whom I watched the sad defeat of France on the TV in the bar of the Yacht Club. The weekend also saw the close of the celebrations at Cherbourg of the 'Solitaire du Figaro Eric Blompard Cashmire' offshore race.

Nutcracker's Action-packed Cruise to Cherbourg

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After the fabulous (but windy!) 100th anniversary rally to Cherbourg last year there was enthusiasm at the annual meeting for more passage cruising/racing. The committee duly obliged with the first trip, to Cherbourg, scheduled for the weekend of 20th to 22nd June. Despite all good intentions to the contrary our organisation was a last minute affair but, the boat eventually filled with diesel and enough provisions to feed an army, we assembled aboard 'Nutcracker' on Thursday evening.

Cherbourg - A Memorable Weekend!

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The roll of honour for this year's Channel crossing has to be headed by 'Suspicion', the J24 which has already one of the highest turnouts for racing in the club, and which made it in fine fettle to Cherbourg, with owner Simon saying that he had enjoyed the wind over tide conditions off the Cotentin because it reminded him of sailing a dinghy again!

Article from Harbour News

Centenary of World War 1 - Signalling at Sea

On the occasion of the Centenary of World War 1 and to call attention to the threatened underwater cultural heritage of that conflict, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) calls on all vessels at sea to use commemorative signalling by half-masting of the ship’s flags or ensigns on 28th June 2014.

Cherbourg Rally – Update

Submitted by steve

We have been offered the use of J pontoon at the west end of the marina, near the Capitainerie, which is very convenient for the Yacht Club as well. Remember to have your current membership card with you in order to claim your 20% discount on mooring fees.

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