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Report of BOATWORKS+ Dielette Rally 02-04 September 2016

Owing to the inclement weather during the weekend 19-21 August 2016, this event was re-scheduled to 02-04 September 2016. Although initially there were 12 vessels with a total of twenty-one skippers and crew members registered to take part, regretfully the remnants of ex-Hurricane Gaston in the end resulted in a drastic reduction in numbers. That came down to just 4 vessels - 2 Westerlys (Magic Legend, Elle Jay) and 2 motor boats (Odyssey, Alchemy).

Magic Legend ( Mike Tai & Julie Payne) sailed over to Dielette on Tuesday afternoon 30th August. Odyssey (Colin & Sue Polson) arrived on Thursday 1st September. Finally Alchemy (David Harland) and Elle Jay (Garry Wade) made it to Dielette on Friday 2nd September. On Friday evening, all six of us adjourned to l'Escale in their new building for supper.

On Saturday morning 3rd September, a courtesy shuttle vehicle was specially arranged to take all of us to Les Pieux to do some shopping. In the evening, before having dinner at Hotel du Phare, David Harland kindly invited us for drinks and nibbles on board Alchemy. As is the usual case, our meal in the restaurant was excellent and enjoyable. Although small in numbers, it gave us the ideal opportunity to mix well together in each other's company.

Because of the unpredictable weather, we remained in the marina on Sunday 4th September. On the following morning, Magic Legend and Elle Jay left Dielette for Guernsey, whereas David Harland with Colin and Sue Polson decided to spend the day in Cherbourg. Finally, Alchemy and Odyssey returned to Guernsey on Tuesday 6th September 2016.

Our thanks are due to BOATWORKS+ for sponsoring the event, to Guillaume Le Bourgeois of Hotel du Phare for the food and hospitality provided and, last but not least, to Emilie Olivier of Bureau de Port Dielette for arranging the special shuttle bus and for giving us the 50% berthing discount rate!

Mike Tai

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