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Old 13-02-2010, 09:43   #16
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Originally Posted by barnakiel View Post
THX! I also heard it referred to as the British Channel, I think.

If you dont want another war dont call the channel islanders british. Although we have to have a british passport. I can trace my family back to the 9th centry and all in france. a touchy subject

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Old 13-02-2010, 10:17   #17
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Needless to recall that at Aurigny / Alderney the school gate bear the "ecole primaire" sign above the way, and that many local names are norman.

History is there with all its background and nationality mix that happend all along the centuries...

"Honni soit qui mal y pense..." shows that the 2 countries have a strong common history, rich and full of is always a pleasure to crosse the channel and sail in UK.

For the Channel, and FYI, 25% of the world navigation trafic is going in everyday and up to 600 ship's movement are recorded daily at Pas de Calais (Dover strait) area !

No wonder why ships are so numerous!

On my opinion, the fishermen are the most dangerous as their behavior is dificult to asssess and evaluate...I always have a watch, day and night while sailing in this area.

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Old 13-02-2010, 12:43   #18
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Call it what you will but the english channel has got to be one of the best areas in the world to start learning how to sail. It´s got the lot, big tides with plenty overfalls, lots traffic both big and small and ever changing weather, some really nasty. After I left the sailing just got easier and easier.
And it must be said the food better
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Old 13-02-2010, 16:56   #19
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Originally Posted by feelsgood View Post
... I can trace my family back to the 9th centry and all in france...
And if you happen to be jewish, muslim or christian, then I know of a book that closes the gap between your 9th century ancestor and one Adam!


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