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Old 13 August 2010, 03:40   #11
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The dolphins were certainly spectacular, but I really wish I had taken a video of Oliver and the others chasing the fish around the sand! They were Lancons - a small silver fish looking a bit like whitebait (although Wikipedia says this is a generic term for very young fish) - and moved rapidly in all directions when they appeared on the surface. Highly amusing!

Keith - we had lunch on Maitresse Ile first and then headed round to Grune du Brai for the afternoon. I will PM you with the co-ordinates of the route we followed. It was revealing that when we stopped for a couple of minutes to fix an oar on the tender, we became disoriented and a few minutes later had lost all contact with the other two boats. Just shows how careful you need to be. Anyway, we followed the planned route very precisely and slowly and eventually caught up on the sand bank. But the rocks are everywhere as you can see from the "parking" arrangements! The water was absolutely gorgeous for swimming.
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Superb!

Jack reckons your grey tubes draw them in.
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Superb!

Jack reckons your grey tubes draw them in.
Ahh, they think I'm a huge bass do they, or one of their mates?

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But the rocks are everywhere as you can see from the "parking" arrangements! .
That's typical Frenchy mooring. Regularly see French boats moored on top of rocks at Les Ecrehoes.

And did your anchor hold alright, or have you upgraded it.
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That's typical Frenchy mooring. Regularly see French boats moored on top of rocks at Les Ecrehoes.

And did your anchor hold alright, or have you upgraded it.
We have upgraded to a 7.5kg Bruce with 7.5m of 8dia chain. Nice & heavy duty , admittedly not as big as the Bedatec system but better than a 4.5 plough with 5m 4dia! We didn't beach since we had brought our tender & engine and had only got there once their boats were 10m from the water line so we anchored just off the shore and it appeared to hold well even when I swam out to it and tried to pull it it would hardly budge, the anchor even without chain is extremely powerful it would appear! I think we would be confident enough now to anchor overnight even if there was a moderate swell it looks as if she would hold very easily. One other thing about anchors though - how much rope do you carry, we have 47m (asked for 50 but shop ran out - LOL) plus 30m of a slightly smaller dia for the kedge but which also could be attached to make ~80m onthe main.

Talking about tube colours with the dolphins, they all seemed to be grouped around our boat with very little near the other two (grey) boats.
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Talking about tube colours with the dolphins, they all seemed to be grouped around our boat with very little near the other two (grey) boats.
I see, so it must be Vipermax's that interest them. They're obviously in awe of their wonderfulness, which is a bit ironic seeing as that's how we view the dolphins

So there was only three boats was there. Our foreign counterparts obviously don't know how to organise a proper rib cruise do they!

I think Ive got 10m chain and 30m mainwarp on my anchor with a spare 10m if necessary.
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I see, so it must be Vipermax's that interest them. They're obviously in awe of their wonderfulness, which is a bit ironic seeing as that's how we view the dolphins

So there was only three boats was there. Our foreign counterparts obviously don't know how to organise a proper rib cruise do they!
Yep, it's got to be the Vmax underwater profile that intrigues them

Yeah it was a shame there were only the three of us, a brand new Pro Open 650, and a Lomac 580, both with 5 people each The seas were fairly lumpy but the Lomac found it quite hard going so moved their two wives onto our boat and proceeded a little faster at 20knts. Fully fueled however and with two engines, four passengers and a tender on board Into the Red was struggling to plane at this speed, and a very wet and bumpy ride ensued! It would have been very interesting to see how a 5.8 Vmax would have coped in the seas, for in the conditions we would have been at normal 35knt cruising speed and it would be interesting to see if that boat could keep pace with us. As we left, we spent a long time with the dolphins giving the other boats a good headstart before we caught up at 35knt cruise. All in all a very good day, unfortunately though the etec burnt 80litres over ~35miles just goes to show how inefficient a boat is at displacement speed
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