The first fast ferries in months canceled by force nine winds

Tomorrow’s Rapid crossing to St Malo has been withdrawn and replaced with a new sail today, ahead of the worst conditions. Image: ROB CURRIE. (30874215)

Forecasts of force nine winds have led Condor Ferries to cancel a series of crossings from Jersey to St Malo, Guernsey, Poole and Portsmouth today and tomorrow.

The cancellations included the first regular fast ferry services on the Condor Rapide and Condor Liberation since the recent relaxation of travel restrictions.

Tomorrow’s Rapid crossing to St Malo has been withdrawn and replaced with a new sail today, ahead of the worst conditions. Meanwhile, the Liberation sailing to Poole tomorrow has also been dropped, with customers offering alternative services on Saturday and Monday.

Commodore Clipper services to Guernsey and Portsmouth have been canceled for today and tomorrow, with the next Clipper scheduled for Saturday.

The cancellations are a blow to islanders who had planned to visit family in the UK for the first time in several months, following the reintroduction of the island’s risk classification system for the UK Kingdom and Crown Dependencies April 26.

The sailing forecast issued by Jersey Met yesterday for the 24 hour period starting at noon today called for winds up to force nine, with the sea conditions “ moderate to rather rough ” at the start and becoming ‘rough to very rough’ overnight, and maybe ‘high’ – which denotes wave heights of six to nine meters – in the middle area of ​​the English Channel tomorrow morning.

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