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28/03/2013

Training Cruise-Saturday 26th May

In order to resolve the constant pressure on the existing skippers they invited two potential new members to join them on board Raddedas II for a day sail.

The crew for the day consisted of Ian, Russell, Alex, Mike and Kirsten. Let's just say the combined ages exceed 250 and the average of those ages would not be a valid indicator.

The ketch left the marina about 10:30 and headed SSW on the rising tide. The wind was occasionally 23mph and the swell was negligible although there were some white crests to the waves as the wind from the NE was against the tide.

After an hour on that tack and some serious discussions the helmsman ordered a change of course that brought the bow into the wind and the new target was Passage Rock Buoy off St Brelade's Bay. Once past the buoy and close in to Beauport a new helmsman ordered a new course and a change to a starboard tack that would take us in the the direction of St Aubins Bay. However !

The tide was now ebbing and flowing west along the south coast thus making it a slow passage for a vessel that is not known for her speed. The combination of the NNE wind and the outgoing tide pushed the ketch away from the coast and Passage Rock Buoy came past us several times it seemed as we tacked several times across the south coast channel and gradually edged past Noirmont Point. It was particularly reassuring to have the Garmin GPS on hand to confirm our position in relation to the headland and the nearby reefs.

As we crossed St Aubins Bay a number of yachts and other vintage vessels seemed to converge all at once on the "small roads" which lead alongside the Elizabeth Castle Breakwater on the west side and the tanker berth on the east side, onto the ferry terminal and the St Helier Harbour pier head. It being almost low tide the ketch headed into La Collette Marina to await the Sunday morning high tide.

Once moored alongside a large fishing boat we were joined by one of the yachts that had been involved in the days race around the island and one of their crew complained to our minor embarrassment that we were flying the red ensign on the wrong side of the main mast..oops! The accompanying picture shows that we do normally fly the red ensign on the port side.

 

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