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CAP FINISTERE in Le Havre tonight (from Southampton's quay) : 

Armorique  coming into Poole, courtesy of the fjb webcam.  Seen two bods down at the Haven taking pics...😁

Pictures of the day 😉 View from the SS FRANCE :    

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A Happy New Year to BFE personnel and all contributors. Today's the day that Rosslare Europort actually lives up to its' name as extra sailings direct to France start up. Unfortunately the covid lockdown means I can't get down to Rosslare (only 40 minutes away); only essential journeys and 5Km limit for taking exercise and guardia have rolling checkpoints.

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9 hours ago, Gareth said:

Connemara seems to have pulled out of any attempt to enter Poole Harbour this evening, on her first visit back there for a while.  Weather?

Probably, the cruise ships have scuttled off from Poole Bay to hide.  Not sure what the actual harbour situation is but quite gusty down here at present. 

Edited - marine traffic shows her just leaving now.

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I looked this morning on AIS and she appeared to be entering the harbour.  Couldn’t understand why as Cotentin was in the berth.  Guessed either weather or she was waiting for Cotentin to leave.  Common place for one to anchor outside till the other leaves.  They usually had to wait for Barfleur to leave before entering the harbour.  This time it is Cotentin, but she has left so it is strange.

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On her way in now.  36 hours late.  This evening’s schedules departure from Bilbao is no longer in the timetable, so looks like she will skip a round trip.  Next scheduled departure is from Poole on Saturday afternoon.

Wonder what that was all about.

 

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1 hour ago, cvabishop said:

The Cunard cruise ships seem to be clustering in Weymouth Bay now. Still others in Torbay.

Sounds like whales in the mating season!

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1 hour ago, BigDW1946 said:

Sometimes the cruise ships do a trip from Weymouth to Southampton. Aurora did this yesterday. Is this to refuel or restock?

They all regularly go to Southampton to do both.  If one disappeared from the bay last year, 9 out of 10 times it was to Southampton for a couple of days before reappearing.  In bad weather they’d all scarper off to more sheltered areas.

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Looks like CF stayed in port in Bilbao last night.  Sheltering from the weather I guess.  She’s on her way to Rosslare now, and the normal Friday night 2-nighter is scheduled to depart Rosslare on Saturday morning.

CF is really reminding BF at the moment of the benefits of having these ships that can cross to Spain in 24 hours.

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Just now, Stena Invicta said:

If you click the link it says barfleur is covering Portsmouth Le Havre too ! 

Yes, she’s got a 2-week stint (approx) after Etretat leaves the fleet before (in theory) Barfleur and Cotentin are supposed to be swapping places.  Cotentin’s sailings on the route are not confirmed yet.

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CF's sailing to Bilbao last night has been diverted to Cherbourg for arrival this evening. There's a particularly nasty spell of weather heading our way (and the Bay in particular) this weekend with an expected swell of up to or even exceeding 10 metres out in the Atlantic. Epsilon will also be sailing 2 hours earlier than scheduled back to Dublin this evening to beat the storm.....

Chris 

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11 minutes ago, Fine Whine said:

CF's sailing to Bilbao last night has been diverted to Cherbourg for arrival this evening. There's a particularly nasty spell of weather heading our way (and the Bay in particular) this weekend with an expected swell of up to or even exceeding 10 metres out in the Atlantic. Epsilon will also be sailing 2 hours earlier than scheduled back to Dublin this evening to beat the storm.....

Chris 

That's the sort of diversion Ryanair would be proud of.

Ed

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