Channel Islands Cruise Blog: Ronhilda's Engine Prep

Ronhilda is now over 29 years old with its original engine (Ford XLD 1.6 the type fitted in UK Post Office Ford Escort Vans of long ago) now logging just under 6,000 hours.   This year 15 years after I had renewed the original injector nozzles I decided to renew the injector nozzles again. This sounds a long time between renewals but if one considers a van average speed of 30 mph during its lifetime this equates to just 90,000 miles between my renewals, so really I am guilty of over maintaining the engine.

 

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Channel Islands Cruise Blog: Mary Kay & Don's Journey to the UK

Don Andrew and Mary Kay Noren have been journeying since May 29 to join the adventure of the Little Ship Club Cruise.  We began by leaving our home in South Carolina to drive the 600 miles to  Maryland, where our boat Beckoning is docked.  We prepped her for the sailing season, and inaugurated the season by joining the Chesapeake Corinthian Cruise.  It was lovely to sail again in good company.  Barely caught our breath and caught up on laundry before the flight to England.

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Channel Islands Cruise Blog: Pre-Rally meeting & dinner

The Corinthian cruise organisers celebrated the upcoming 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen with a committee meeting.  What better way to banish dull care and get everybody into a celebratory mood.  On the agenda:  arranging for a vintner to make deliveries to the boats in Cherbourg, deciding the menu for one of the dinners (smoked salmon and prawns, roast duck and profiteroles, since you ask), and the Guernsey bus service.   We then spent another hour telling a crowd of people (including a lot of people for whom it will be their first Corinthian cruise) about the delights in store (full details on the Cruise’s web page), before heading for the dining room for a particularly excellent dessert of several different types of chocolate, with freeze dried raspberry chips.  (Apparently a favourite of Her Majesty’s.)   

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Death of Caribbean Yachtsman - Report HPO Trinidad

regret to inform you that Trinidadian yachtsman Harold LaBorde died on the night of 11th June in what appears to have been an accident at night on his moored yacht at the Grenada Yacht Club.

His body was recovered on 12th June. It appears that while resident alone on his yacht ‘Humming Bird III’ he slipped on a boarding plank, hit his head, and fell into the sea. I have no confirmation of these details.

Harold was to be 83 years old on 18th June. He was known internationally after circumnavigating the world twice with his family on yachts built by himself. The first circumnavigation was 1969 – 1973 in his wooden yacht Humming Bird ll, the second I984 – 1986 including rounding Cape Horn in Humming Bird lll. He also did several Atlantic crossings. He was awarded this nation’s highest award at the time – The Trinity Cross, in 1973.

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West Mersea Wonders

West Mersea Rally 29th April-2nd May 2016

West Mersea, The Company Shed, West Mersea Yacht Club, John Davison and the finest sunset in Britain. It has them all.

Four boats juggled the tides, shifting sands and weather to converge on this timeless island, the most easterly in Britain which is inhabited, on the edge of the Blackwater.

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CHATHAM MARITIME MARINA - HPO

Tracie Lanaghan, the Berthing Master at Chatham Maritime Marina, has taken over the position of Honorary Port Officer for the Club as from April 2016.   Tracie will be the first person you meet on entering the lock, so please make yourselves known.

Chatham Maritime Marina is an MDL Marina and set in the marvellous location of the Historic Dockyard where there are many events and exhibitions held during the year.  Contact the Marina:  01634 899200..

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NEWS FROM HPO IN FIJI

Sorry for my lack of response over the last few of years.  Have just recently received the Little Ships winter addition.

Have just been super busy for several months selling a business and our large yacht.  However, all done and dusted now and have a lot more time to do things for myself.

We have just been through the largest cyclone the South Pacific has ever had “Cyclone Winston” with wind speeds of over 350 km. with a lot of damage.   Savusavu Marina (www.coprashed.com) ( most of your cruising folk will know the area), a large number of yachts were damaged or swept ashore.  Most have been refloated. 

Anne Le Verrier..., 10.04.2016 | More from Anne Le Verrier-Bizzey’s blog

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