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K&F

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  1. K&F

    Normandie adrift?

    Neilcvx - fair comment but as regular BF users for last 10 years this never happened before. That's why I was curious.
  2. We have Pont Aven. That's not a bad ship at all !!! Don't be so fussy
  3. K&F

    Normandie adrift?

    OK. Got a reply from BF who confirm the Normandie was hove to on this occasion. They say "... this is a regular occurrence on overnight sailings. The ship will regularly stop for one to two hours in order to save fuel and to ensure a period of quiet for those resting." So now we know !
  4. Good advice. Thanks wortley. We also get quite generous rewards from Nationwide so will be sticking with them - until things change (as they always do!).
  5. K&F

    Normandie adrift?

    I totally agree. Good place to heave-to for a while in reasonable conditions. Having sailed to St Vasst from Ouistrehem a few years past in a freshening offshore breeze (in the boat in my avatar) I know there ain't much shelter at that spot. As soon as one is a few miles off, the waves refract round the peninsula and batter us small boat sailors badly. The 'unexplored' (see Andy's post on the matter) bomb might well be the reason. No reply from BF to my enquiry yet.
  6. K&F

    Normandie adrift?

    Doubt it. Have verified the data on BF's own wesite and another AIS monitoring service.
  7. K&F

    Normandie adrift?

    I did wonder. I guess we'll never know. I am sure an email to BF would not be replied to but I might try anyway. If I do get a response I'll post it here. Thanks everyone for replying to my first post as a newbie.
  8. K&F

    Normandie adrift?

    OK. Thanks. Never seen it before (stopped 2 hours then flat out for the rest of the crossing). Last night's passage by Mont St M was a steady slow around 12 kn but it had been blowing old boots all day so might not have been good conditions for lying a-hull in the middle of the Baie. The wonders of AIS !!! I now have it on my own boat and it's nearly as good as radar in the fog.
  9. K&F

    Normandie adrift?

    Understood. However this is usually done by steaming more slowly (12 knots). The Normandie was stonking along at 18 knots after the stop. Not a usual set of events for a night passage. But thanks for your reply.
  10. K&F

    Normandie adrift?

    Hello. This is my first post. My wife was on the Normandie on the night 28 Sept/morning 29th on the 2300 (French time) returning from one of her regular visits to mother-in-law in Côte d'Armour. I have started following her boat on marinetraffic.com (AIS tracking site) just before she is due to dock. Yesterday I noticed that the Normandie appeared to be beam on to the wind, drifting for two hours about 12 nm north of Ouitrehem on the night of the 28th (see attached screen shot), one hour into the passage. Anyone out there have any idea why this might have been ? I know that the Normandie has had reliability issues (e.g. 12 April this year), or is it simply time for some R&R for the crew ? Of no real consequence but I am very curious. My wife was fast asleep and had no idea the boat had even stopped. Any ideas gratefully received just to allay my curiosity. :confused: Thanks
  11. Top tip. My wife and I use the Nationwide Visa Credit Card. Every £5 spent in the UK entitles the user to spend £1 (after conversion) anywhere abroad free of all fees and at the standard exchange rate. One of the best deals available. I have heard that the Post Office do a card with similar terms but not investigated it. Don't know anything about the Halifax Clarity card either (see post above from wortley).
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