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Old 08 August 2003, 16:35   #1
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Cruising Pembrokeshire Coast - 07/08-08-03

Bern Hanreck, and JCW bought their rib 'La Bamba' down this last week to do some cruising around the Pembrokeshire coast. I had fuel tank problems the first couple of days, but the last two days (Thurs and Friday), I joined them with some cruises.
This is 'La Bamba' just leaving Milford Haven (I got stuck in the lock at Milford so held them up a bit....
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Leaving St Annes Head, just passing the Irish Ferry. Although there was fog around, the sun was starting to burn it off nicely, and it seemed that all radio reports on passing tankers indicated that it was lifting too. From here, we turned right towards Skomer Island, to go through Jack Sound, and then almost directly North upto Ramsey with intentions of going round the Island, and then round the smaller islands, the 'Bishops' afterwards.
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45 minutes later, at 24 knots cutting across St Brides Bay, we approach Ramsey Sound, and as the weather appears to clear, a trip round the island could be quite interesting.
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Just drifting through Ramsey Sound at 4 knots with the current (not much apparently), it's time to take a few pics of each other
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A large Humber rib takes passengers out from St Justinians to go around Ramsey Island. You can hear the sound of the outboards for some distance around.....
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This is the area called 'The Bitches' - I think when we got here was just after high tide on a neap tide, so there wasn't as much happening as I had previously seen on tv.... however, there were some small whirl pools, and some terrific currents....
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This is now at St Justinians looking back at the house of the St Davids RNLI Lifeboat. We're sat here quite happily on a mooring enjoying lunch, and then, all of a sudden.....
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The fog drops
We finish lunch, pick up anchor, and pull the plug on going round Ramsey Island. Not knowing the area enough, we decide to track our journey back out on the chartplotters, and head back down south towards Skomer Island.
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On our way back across the bay, the fog lifts to give us approx 2 miles visibility. As Skomer island comes into sight, we make the decision to head out to Grassholm Island to go and see the Gannets which make the Island look so white from a large distance away.
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I was trying to see if the digicam would take a pic through the binoculars - it sort of works....
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