Icy blast in Cherbourg

by Adrian on March 12, 2013

Its now a year since we took delivery of Vagaris in Cherbourg. We thought the weather was awful then, but that is nothing to now…

We’ve awoken the yacht from its winter slumber in Brighton and brought it over to factory in France to sort out a few small jobs. The trip over was pretty uneventful as we came over ahead of an extreme weather system that has now hit us and the rest of western Europe.

Channel Weather - March 2013

We’re siting in the marina being buffeted and rocked around by 40-50 knot winds. Since they’re from the North East they are also very icy, bringing huge amounts of horizontal ice and snow. Every now and again there is huge thud as a lump of snow and ice drops from the rigging onto the coachroof.

We’ve ventured out a couple of times today, but were almost thwarted by the usually steep, but this time almost impassable ramp up from the pontoons to the dock. We have spring tides, so the low water is very low and the ramp very steep, icy and slippery.

We’re nice and warm onboard, have decent internet, good French baguettes and are very comfortable – despite feeling sometimes as if someone is picking us up and violently shaking us around!

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Alex March 12, 2013 at 08:08

Hey Adrian and Jax.

Glad to hear that you are warm on Vagaris! My only advice for getting on to the pontoon at low tide to to have your salopettes on and slide on your arse!
Least you made it across before the weather properly kicked in.

All the best

Alex

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