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Some eighteen boats and crews made it across to Cherbourg in very pleasant weather for the summer solstice and the music festival; those who made the crossing by night were able to witness how short the period of darkness is at this time of year; the loom of the sun just travels round from north-west to north-east, and then it's time for dawn again! Worth being out there for, not to mention arriving in Cherbourg in sunny weather for a great weekend of sightseeing, shopping in the market or just wandering around the gardens when the sun got too hot.

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It's suddenly less than two weeks to go to the Cherbourg rally! As ever, there is a cracking weekend in store in Cherbourg as well as the race/cruise in convoy on the Friday to get us there. If you've not done the Channel before, this is the time to do it! We welcome boats and crews from all the local clubs, some of whom regularly make this the start of their annual cruise...

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When you access the new wi-fi system in the marina, you arrive on the municipal website, where the latest news is that Cherbourg has kept its blue flag for environmental excellence for the 14th year running, and is aiming for the prestigious international 5 Gold Anchors award, the results of which will be announced in July. Visually an important change will soon be the demolition of the 60s ice cream block of the Hotel Mercure, now relocated in a block next to the new Carrefour development.

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Ray and Lynn leave on their Round Britain cruise on Tuesday, and Ray sent me the plan for this year. I am sure people will want to keep up with news, so here's what Ray says:

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Not to Oman, obviously, where it's nearly always hot and sunny and a 12 knot southerly cuts in like clockwork in the afternoon, though the weather for the 49er training camp last week was mostly of that order. Hashim Al-Rashdi and Musab Al-Hadi were guests of Weymouth Sailing Club last Thursday with their trainer Alain Champy, former head of logistics at the French Sailing Federation and an old friend of WSC since those pre-Olympic training years. WSC member Jez Rees was able to both reminisce with Alain and chat to Hashim and Musab about Omani sailing venues, which Jez knows well.

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Over eighty members of Cherbourg and Granville Yacht Clubs arrived in Weymouth on Friday evening as the weather rapidly deteriorated; the start of the annual YCC Transmanche was brought forward to try to avoid the worst of the blow, though there were stories even so of very strong winds off Portland.

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Conditions for my second trip to Cherbourg this year were an improvement on the first, with a not quite so chilly NE 4-5 to blow me there, and a 100% coefficient spring tide meant I could get a long way east before the ebb, in case the wind veered into the east as per the forecast.

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Having slept on board, I found the cold and Condor made me get up at 0430 on Saturday morning, put on an unlikely quantity of clothes and set off into the blackness beyond the harbour mouth and the serious chill of a brisk nor-nor-easterly. Masochism or what? The wind did at least mean that I could bear away and get sailing just beyond the stone pier – destination France, at last!

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In the course of my studies I happened upon this account of a weekend regatta in Cherbourg in 1831, which illustrates the beginnings of the warm friendships between English and French yachting folk, after centuries of national disagreements, which have since been expressed far more creatively in the keenest competition in yacht racing.

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It's important to keep warm and dry when cruising in the winter months, and what better way of doing so than coming along on Saturday evening to WSC's Cruising Evening next Saturday, 7th February, at 7.30pm?