Submitted by steve

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.

Submitted by steve

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?

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Monday: Having been third at the runway mark just after the start yesterday, 'Raging Bee' (15) stayed a bit south of the pack and ahead of it, while 'McDo' 6) remained closer to the rhumb line. Jean-Pierre Kelbert's '3D Developpeurs' developed an early lead and is going fast.

Tuesday: Space is opening up between the boats: a big move to the right by 'Raging Bee' (6) put her to the north of '3D' with 'McDo' (7) opting to move a bit further south. It looks as if there will be a stronger airflow to the south in the next few days.

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The Cherbourg team are making their way to Madeira this week to prepare for the start of the second stage of the Transquadra Transatlantic race. I spoke to Titi (Thierry Lacour) who is already down there in the sunshine; Loulou is due to follow later in the week. Bruno James and his crew Hugues will also be arriving to complete the team of two boats, 'Raging Bee' and 'McDo de Cherbourg'.

Lochmarin in Vava'u, Tonga

This year Phil and I have used our boat Lochmarin to sail across the Caribbean, through the Panama canal and across the Pacific Ocean.

We left Trinidad in November last year, heading North to Grenada before going West, to avoid the pirates around Venezuela. A boat we knew had been attacked leaving Trinidad, the people in it badly beaten, just two weeks before we left. We stopped at the Dutch Antilles, Bonaire and Curacao, enjoying the fantastic diving and picking up some solar panels we'd had shipped there.

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Tomorrow looks like giving a fast trip round the Bill and back, with rather a wet start admittedly, but in conditions forecast to improve during the day. The start is at 1030 from the club line, using VHF channel 9. HW Portland 1553 for whoever's doing the nav!

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Following cancellation of the Lyme Regis passage race, a good call considering the SW gale that blew through, the weekend for the third and final passage race of the season came round for the weekend of 30th August. The westerly blow that had been with us all week, the remnants of hurricane Cristobal, was forecast to diminish and by Sunday summer was meant to return! So we signed up. A slight change of destination from Poole to Swanage, to account for the tides, meant (hopefully) a shorter race.

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The star of the Weymouth Seafest, the 'Marité' was built in Fecamp in 1922, the last of the schooners employed in fishing for cod off Newfoundland. Abandoned in the Faroes after WW2, she was restored in the 1980s and cruised in the Baltic and the North Sea, finally making her return to Fécamp in 1992.

You may remember her being extensively rebuilt in the dry dock at Cherbourg in 2006, where I first saw her; now owned by an association of French companies, she remains an important feature of the world of Tall Ships, and it is an honour to have her here in Weymouth.