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  1. colin

    Tanker - warship collision

    Frigate has now sunk ….
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    Tanker - warship collision

    https://medium.com/@cargun/radar-images-audio-log-of-knm-helge-ingstad-frigate-sola-ts-oil-tanker-collision-a71e3f516b54 Well worth a read!
  3. colin

    Tanker - warship collision

    Tanker repeatedly called the warship and VTS warning of collision risk. Warship made one excuse then failed to avoid collision. Warship turned AIS on after collision. Tanker reported collision saying they though it was a warship.
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    Tanker - warship collision

    I have read reports suggesting the warship was at fault. Repeatedly contacted by the tanker asking for clarification of intentions, told all under control.
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    Tanker - warship collision

    Waiting to hear who hit who? Prompt decision to drive her ashore almost certainly saved many lives. Saw a documentary about a ship that capsized up there in 4 minutes....
  6. colin

    Route du Rhum Live!

    Major ire from locals and spectators in general! All private leisure boats yachts motor boats RIBs etc were penned in a zone to the south of the race corridor with the paying spectators to the north. All those boats on the north side were paying the organisers a "tax" per head! The start line is so long with the various classes in sections from the Ultimes in the north, to the Class 40s and Rhum monos to the south. The view for spectators was hopeless. The private boats miles away from the Ultimes. From the Pointe du Grouin the "exciting boats" were dots on the horizon. At Cap Fréhel things were no better. Even the live TV coverage was very poor. The heart of the event is at serious risk if this type of policy continues. Everyone accepts the necessity of security measures and safety at sea, but this was a nonsense, keeping the non paying public too far away to be involved, and creaming it from the paying passengers. There are much better ways to organise this, with a shorter start line a race "corridor" that can be modified to suit the conditions, classes starting 15 or 20 minutes after each other, better planned and defined spectator zones …. We shall see?
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    Route du Rhum Live!

    Even the NEX didn't try to keep up with the Ultime trimarans. The leaders are south of Ushant after about 5 hours!!!! We were out there and got as close as we could. Perfect weather, great day, then French scrum back through the Rance barrage lock.
  8. colin

    MV Bretagne cabins

    The cabins are fine, but a long way down, specially if you might want to "come and go" a bit between your cabin and the public areas which are mainly Decks 7 and 8. No windows as suggested above because of being so low down. In general they noise is no more than on upper decks, and less rattling vibration.
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    Bretagne 20/10/18

    Long lazy lunch in les Abers then. Perfect day.
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    Two Condors in Poole

    You've got the Rapide, so I guess that's why we've had the Clipper?
  11. colin

    BF Refits 2018-19

    I believe that like last time Bretagne boards her guests at Roscoff and hightails it to St Malo, arriving just in time for the start then follows the fleet as far as Roscoff to disembark and return to service. Bearing in mind that if the wind is 10 knots or more, from approx 330 degrees round to 210 degrees the "Ultime" trimarans could be averaging between 30 and 35 knots, and even the IMOCA 60s and Multi 50s could be averaging over 20 knots, the old lady may be well off the front of the fleet!
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    Long term secure parking.

    Happy to help. Is it the Kyriad at La Richardais? The road works on the dual carriageway above the barrage on our side are ongoing and a pain in the ass as the turn off to La Richardais etc right by the hotel is closed. They "hope" to gain time on the schedule with currently 5 months advance and with luck the junction should re-open sometime in June 219. watch this space ....
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    Long term secure parking.

    You can always leave the car at our house in le Minihic sur Rance. Quiet, safe (I often don't lock mine ...), and, if needed, can run you somewhere or pick you up.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    She may be down our way for the Route du Rhum start on 4th November.
  15. I think we are a long, long way from considering reducing the use of these ports due to climate change!