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CNF Cruise 20th June

The Cercle Nautique Francophone (CNF) cruise took place again yesterday departing and arriving from the Royal Dolphin Yacht Club. This is the Club that has been in the news lately with the development of the Moth hydrofoil racing dingy (See The Dolphin Moth is Coming). I’ll give an update on the Moth in the next few days.

Gwendolyn, the enthusiastic and super-stylish organiser of the CNF cruises had chosen a great place for this event. ZZ took her usual set of stunning pics and I’m posting up here, with her permission,  a subset of those photos of my boat and crew as we enjoyed the cruise.

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The Royal Dolphin Y.C. What a nice yacht club.
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Arriving at the Yacht Club and meeting the folk who will be sailing with us on the cruise.
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Our crew arrive at the club. Greeted by the staff and fellow sailors. Today I’m sailing with my friend Rhodus and her family of fury friends, Leo and Kiyaka.
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Sylvie (Captain) and Ana (RD & Commodore) from the club greeted folk as they arrived. Ginger was there and I notice that she is wearing one of my tops – Yay for Ginger 🙂
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Waiting for the cruise to start. Trying to load gestures, maps and huds !! I asked for a map and they all gave me one !! am I that disorganised 🙂
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Negotiating a narrow channel though some rather large rocks just after the start – beware !! – and by the way, where are we going ?!?!
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Doesn’t the boat look splendid. Sailing with one reef at the start.
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We seemed to fly off when we hit open water. A gust caught us and we raced ahead. Thank goodness the wind calmed and we continued at a more sedate pace.
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Everyone on board seems happy and in one piece.
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Going the wrong way? Well we hit a dead sim and my navigators guided me out of the fix faster than some of the other boats could manage
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Just starting to head back and through the maze of waterways.
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Whoah !! tight channels. Perfect for the Patch II. I shudder to think of what would have happened if someone had brought along a Pasha !!
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Follow the leader. Well we had to as the channels were tight.
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Aherm…!! This is what happens when boats try and all squeeze though at the same time. it is called a ‘bouchon’ in French !!
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Tight channels and ban lines – watch out !! Have we lost Leo !!
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Poor Leo had some sort of SL incident and ended up sitting over the transom of the Patch II. When this happens, you know things are not perfect, but she managed to get back to port with us.
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Rhodus did a wonderful job of balancing the boat whilst relaxing on the foredeck of the Patch II. She has recently bought one of these wonderful boats and has started racing it with us.
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I think the reason we have these stunning photos is that we were sailing quite close to ZZ for most of the way. Or was it because ZZ liked my Naked Lady Patch II?
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Coming back to The Royal Dolphin Yacht Club – it was a bit laggy and I could’t see much!!
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Private parking. A spot perfect for the Patch II. Didn’t even fall in when we arrived – well Leo did because she was hanging off the back. Sorry Leo, I should have reversed in.
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Back at the Club.
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The cruise rounded off with us partying into the night at the club’s bar. Some French techno and everyone was dancing, talking about the cruise and chatting each other up as one does.

Thanks to my crew, thanks to Gwen for organising the event, thanks to all the other sailors who made it such fun and thanks to the staff at the Royal Dolphin Y.C. for having us.

 

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