Day trip to Guernsey from Poole

Just two days earlier, I was on the Condor Liberation to Guernsey. I didn’t expect to be back on board just two days later. However, on Tuesday, whilst watching the TV, I noted the weather forecast was suggesting strong South Westerly winds the next day. Consequently, in true “rough ride chasing” form, I was on the ‘phone to Condor Ferries. As a result, another day trip to Guernsey from Poole was booked!

Monday’s trip is detailed here. Summer’s trip is here and the InCat trip from Weymouth is here

Wednesday morning came and a not too early start for the short train journey from Whitemead Caravan Park at Wool towards Poole. It wasn’t just raining at the time, it was slinging it down.Check in was flawless, with immediate access to the departure lounge. The port transfer bus was already in situ outside, so I was on board the Condor Liberation at 0840, and Libby left her berth at 0920, a few minutes early. The vessel seemed lightly loaded – maybe 80 – 100 foot passengers and some vehicles.

Day trip to Guernsey from Poole

Condor Liberation seating area

The outward crossing was fairly uneventful, with just a little motion of this high speed craft, although a couple of individuals (!) spent most of the crossing outdoors!

The weather in Guernsey continued to be relentless, although it did fine up in the afternoon.

Check in at Guernsey was efficient and it was clear that the Condor Liberation was “full” in terms of vehicles, with the last few vans and a motorhome reversing on to the car deck.The captain made his welcome speech and indicated some motion of the ship, noting that we were presently sheltered. Once underway, I made my way outside where I met a chap from Guernsey who explained the other islands we were passing and so on.

Condor Liberation marches on at a pace

Despite some strong winds and what I would describe as moderate seas, the Condor Liberation marched on like a trooper, sitting at 37 – 40 mph, according to a speed app on my ‘phone.

Condor Liberation

Day trip to Guernsey from Poole sees Condor Liberation making good time

There were a couple of clatters in the duty free shop as Libby rolled. However, the shop remained open throughout the crossing and was fairly busy.

Whilst “Libby” charged forward towards Poole, I tucked into toad in the hole, chips, veg and gravy at a reasonable £6.99. Food was very hot and above average for food at sea. The downside is disposable plates and crockery, unlike on most conventional vessels.

The motion of this fast craft is a gentle side to side roll, rather than an up and down clatter.

Day trip to Guernsey from Poole – arrival in Poole

Approaching Poole, it is necessary to reduce speed for the approach to the harbour. As such, and in moderate seas, the rolling was gentle but a fair “tilt” as can be seen by the lights on the coastline.

All in all, another good value day out with Vodka at £10 per litre on board!


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