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  1. Gunwharf

    Predicting Bretagne route

    so just got back from a 24hr round trip to St Malo and back and yep you've guest it we went the shorter route once again! I've done 5 daytime crossings and all 5 times we went the eastern route. My fault, I misread the tide timetable. On the plus side a beautiful day for travelling and some outstanding views of East Jersey, Contentin and Isle of Chausey. Cruising up the east coast of The Isle of Wight close to Sandown and Bembridge was also a nice way to end the day. will try and write up the voyage report in the next few days
  2. Gunwharf

    24hr return special deals

    Yes well on the st Malo passage there is a lot to see, particularly if the weather is good. E.g. The channel island, Alderney race, contentin peninsula, IOW and the Solent
  3. Gunwharf

    24hr return special deals

    Agreed. I'm quite happy just chilling on deck or in the bar, reading and watching the scenery slip by.
  4. Gunwharf

    24hr return special deals

    Thanks for the advice. Realise I won't get much time ashore but keen to take a last trip on the Bretagne. Due to family and work commitments unlikely to get another chance for a few years and I'm not sure how long the old girl has left! When I was a kid growing up In the witterings I used to see her everyday from my childhood home. Would hate to miss giving her a send off.
  5. Gunwharf

    24hr return special deals

    morning. thinking of doing a 24hr return crossing to St Malo. I.e. Arrive and return same day. Do bf still offer the discount for such a trip and if so how do you claim as couldn't see online
  6. Gunwharf

    Predicting Bretagne route

    Thanks Colin, that is really helpful.
  7. Gunwharf

    Normandie 13/5

    Ah sorry I missed this, wonder what the tech issue was?
  8. Gunwharf

    Normandie 13/5

    It looks like Normandie diverted to Cherbourg this morning (13th May) whilst en-route to Caen. As I write this she is now off the IOW on her way back to Portsmouth running nearly 2hrs late. Any ideas?
  9. Gunwharf

    Predicting Bretagne route

    Evening all. I have travelled the day time, North bound, St Malo to Portsmouth route 4 times. All 4 times we have always taken the shorter route that passes East of Jersey, betweeen the island and the Contentin peninsula. Although it is a really interesting route with a lot to see, I would like to actually take the normal Western Route with views of both islands and also Herm and Alderney. So my question is, is there away I can predict when the Bretagne will take the shorter route and thus avoid those dates when booking? I know the departure times vary from time to time but I'm not sure if this is an indication of the days route choice or just reflective of low water at St Malo. If anybody can help it would be appreciated. Thanks, Gunwharf
  10. Gunwharf

    Normandie water cannon salute

    Afternoon watched the afternoon departure of Normandie today (4th June) from Pompey and noticed she got escorted by tug with full water cannon salute. Can anybody confirm the purpose? I suspect it is an anniversary of something (Normandie herself perhaps or the route she serves). Can anybody confirm? thanks in advance
  11. Gunwharf

    St Malo 24hr return

    Just a quick report following a recent 24hr return down to St Malo. We decided to go on Wednesday 29th June and return the next day. These dates enabled us to take advantage of early boarding (as Bretgane had been alongside all day) whilst the next day departure out of St Malo was delayed until 11:40 (low morning tide) giving us an extra hour in the town. Outbound 20:15 – Wed 29/6 Boarded at 6.40 and immediately made my way down to my cabin on Deck 2 which appeared reasonable sized, clean and tidy. After dropping off my overnight bag I decided to head up to the main lounge /bar for a drink. Grabbing a table over looking the stern I was able to get a good view of the Normandie Express arriving from Cherbourg and also the MSN form Caen. Interesting to see the precision required to turn MSM 180 degrees on its axis in a narrow channel. Then decided to get dinner in the Les Albers which I had never tried before and was not disappointed! Had the fish to start with Duck for mains. We departed dead on time at 20:15. Interestingly as we were backing out from the berth, Commodore Clipper emerged from the otherside of MSM also heading out. We slowed, turned which enabled CC to pull ahead. Was quite surprised at the level of vibration there was when we swung around. We then followed CC out of the harbour and through The Solent. Finished dinner as we headed past the forts and tried to access the bow deck to watch our passage past Bembridge. Unfortunately the bow deck was locked up which surprised me as apart from a slight swell the conditions outside didn’t seem too bad. Instead I went to the aft sundeck and watched us head down the east coast of the IOW. I stayed out until it got dark before heading to bed. After a comfortable night asleep I woke about an hour before arrival and headed back to the bow deck to watch our arrival. Luckily it was now open and as I emerged outside , we were just entering the approach channel by the Grand Jardine Lighthouse. A text book approach followed and the commandant swung us around to berth stern first. It was funny to watch the mooring operation as the crew at the bow swung the mooring rope and missed twice. The crew on the bridge were laughing but I did notice that a lot of thrusters were needed to keep the bow pinned to the berth until the lines were secure. Disembarkation was painless and I en joyed a few hours looking around the city. Returning to the terminal 45 mins before departure I was greeted by chaos and a long line of people snaking around the terminal. Luckily most of this related to Condor’s departure which was scheduled at the same time as ours. After speaking to the BF check in I was directed past the Condor masses and went through security and boarded in double quick time. The boat seemed a lot less busy on the return crossing. I had booked a cabin (4 berth outside on deck 8) and again dropped off my stuff. We slipped our moorings dead on time at 11:40 and headed out into the main approach channel. I was watching from the bow and was interested to see that heading towards us in the dead centre of the channel was the old sailing skiff with what looked like a large school party on board. We slowed right down and had to effectively pull right over to the port side of the channel to let it past. He was motoring but seemed content on taking up most of the channel. I noticed that a couple of the bridge crew had wondered over to the wing and seemed to be ‘communicating’ with the skiff when it finally went past. At that point we sped up again and headed out through the grand Jardine. Now just a point to add at this stage. Previous to this trip I had done the Northbound day crossing twice before and both times had sailed on the shorter Eastern route. This time I was really hoping to sail on the western route which would have provided views of both Jersey and Guernsey as well as the Alderney Race. I was convinced that with the low morning tide we would definitely take the westerly route. Alas it simply wasn’t to be as after reaching clear water we headed NE toward the Ilse of Chausey. What followed was an interesting few hours weaving through the shoals between Jersey and the Contentin Peninsula. Condor Rapide passed us soon after but barely seemed to be making ground. Obviously Condor are seriously pulling back on the speed to save cost. Overall Weather was ok. Patches of fog and rain but generally warm albeit overcast. Lunch again was at Les albers where I had the lamb which was very good. Napped for a few hours when we were mid channel and then went back to the bow to watch our run up the east coast of the IOW. As time moved on I was joined by more and more passengers. Overhearing one conversation made me chuckle when one passenger asked her travelling companion whether the imposing and somewhat gloomy coast of the IOW on our portside was still France. “Don’t be silly” her companion replied. “It’s definitely not France, I think its Cornwall”! Brilliant….. We passed Bembridge ledge buoy and turned to run through St Helens before turning into the main Portsmouth Approach channel. I noticed that they were doing some dredging by the OSB and at this point we slowed right down until we were clear. Again a textbook approach right through the harbour and berthed on time at 18:20. All in all a fantastic trip and delighted to be aboard Bretagne once again. She looked clean and tidy although one can’t help but notice her age in places. Not sure what time she has left in the fleet but hopefully a while yet Gunwharf
  12. Just a quick report following a recent 24hr return down to St Malo. We decided to go on Wednesday 29th June and return the next day. These dates enabled us to take advantage of early boarding (as Bretgane had been alongside all day) whilst the next day departure out of St Malo was delayed until 11:40 (low morning tide) giving us an extra hour in the town. Outbound 20:15 – Wed 29/6 Boarded at 6.40 and immediately made my way down to my cabin on Deck 2 which appeared reasonable sized, clean and tidy. After dropping off my overnight bag I decided to head up to the main lounge /bar for a drink. Grabbing a table over looking the stern I was able to get a good view of the Normandie Express arriving from Cherbourg and also the MSN form Caen. Interesting to see the precision required to turn MSM 180 degrees on its axis in a narrow channel. Then decided to get dinner in the Les Albers which I had never tried before and was not disappointed! Had the fish to start with Duck for mains. We departed dead on time at 20:15. Interestingly as we were backing out from the berth, Commodore Clipper emerged from the otherside of MSM also heading out. We slowed, turned which enabled CC to pull ahead. Was quite surprised at the level of vibration there was when we swung around. We then followed CC out of the harbour and through The Solent. Finished dinner as we headed past the forts and tried to access the bow deck to watch our passage past Bembridge. Unfortunately the bow deck was locked up which surprised me as apart from a slight swell the conditions outside didn’t seem too bad. Instead I went to the aft sundeck and watched us head down the east coast of the IOW. I stayed out until it got dark before heading to bed. After a comfortable night asleep I woke about an hour before arrival and headed back to the bow deck to watch our arrival. Luckily it was now open and as I emerged outside , we were just entering the approach channel by the Grand Jardine Lighthouse. A text book approach followed and the commandant swung us around to berth stern first. It was funny to watch the mooring operation as the crew at the bow swung the mooring rope and missed twice. The crew on the bridge were laughing but I did notice that a lot of thrusters were needed to keep the bow pinned to the berth until the lines were secure. Disembarkation was painless and I en joyed a few hours looking around the city. Returning to the terminal 45 mins before departure I was greeted by chaos and a long line of people snaking around the terminal. Luckily most of this related to Condor’s departure which was scheduled at the same time as ours. After speaking to the BF check in I was directed past the Condor masses and went through security and boarded in double quick time. The boat seemed a lot less busy on the return crossing. I had booked a cabin (4 berth outside on deck 8) and again dropped off my stuff. We slipped our moorings dead on time at 11:40 and headed out into the main approach channel. I was watching from the bow and was interested to see that heading towards us in the dead centre of the channel was the old sailing skiff with what looked like a large school party on board. We slowed right down and had to effectively pull right over to the port side of the channel to let it past. He was motoring but seemed content on taking up most of the channel. I noticed that a couple of the bridge crew had wondered over to the wing and seemed to be ‘communicating’ with the skiff when it finally went past. At that point we sped up again and headed out through the grand Jardine. Now just a point to add at this stage. Previous to this trip I had done the Northbound day crossing twice before and both times had sailed on the shorter Eastern route. This time I was really hoping to sail on the western route which would have provided views of both Jersey and Guernsey as well as the Alderney Race. I was convinced that with the low morning tide we would definitely take the westerly route. Alas it simply wasn’t to be as after reaching clear water we headed NE toward the Ilse of Chausey. What followed was an interesting few hours weaving through the shoals between Jersey and the Contentin Peninsula. Condor Rapide passed us soon after but barely seemed to be making ground. Obviously Condor are seriously pulling back on the speed to save cost. Overall Weather was ok. Patches of fog and rain but generally warm albeit overcast. Lunch again was at Les albers where I had the lamb which was very good. Napped for a few hours when we were mid channel and then went back to the bow to watch our run up the east coast of the IOW. As time moved on I was joined by more and more passengers. Overhearing one conversation made me chuckle when one passenger asked her travelling companion whether the imposing and somewhat gloomy coast of the IOW on our portside was still France. “Don’t be silly” her companion replied. “It’s definitely not France, I think its Cornwall”! Brilliant….. We passed Bembridge ledge buoy and turned to run through St Helens before turning into the main Portsmouth Approach channel. I noticed that they were doing some dredging by the OSB and at this point we slowed right down until we were clear. Again a textbook approach right through the harbour and berthed on time at 18:20. All in all a fantastic trip and delighted to be aboard Bretagne once again. She looked clean and tidy although one can’t help but notice her age in places. Not sure what time she has left in the fleet but hopefully a while yet Gunwharf
  13. Gunwharf

    St Malo to Caen

    Hey, When were you recently on Bretagne. I did a 24hr return last Wednesday night / Thursday morning (29th / 30th). I was on the bow as we were rounding the IOW and could have swarn I heard the same Cornwall comment. Wonder if we were on the same crossing
  14. Gunwharf

    St Malo schedulling

    Evening All I remember hearing some time ago that the St Malo schedule used to be the opposite to what it is now. I.e the southbound crossing was during the day with a morning dept from Portsmouth with an overnight Northbound. I understand this was back in the 80s. Is this true? Secondly there has been some discussion recently regarding the St Malo routing specifically to the east of Jersey. Does she ever take the short route east of Jersey during the southbound night crossing? I suspect there is no need given the time tabling and the added risk of taking this route during the dark wouldn't make it worthwhile but happy to hear your thoughts
  15. Gunwharf

    St Malo schedulling

    Evening All I remember hearing some time ago that the St Malo schedule used to be the opposite to what it is now. I.e the southbound crossing was during the day with a morning dept from Portsmouth with an overnight Northbound. I understand this was back in the 80s. Is this true? Secondly there has been some discussion recently regarding the St Malo routing specifically to the east of Jersey. Does she ever take the short route east of Jersey during the southbound night crossing? I suspect there is no need given the time tabling and the added risk of taking this route during the dark wouldn't make it worthwhile but happy to hear your thoughts
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