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Old 11 July 2009, 13:46   #1
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made it around anglesey, great pics of seals and south stack

Went round anglesey in the rib on friday, great fun. Cruised at 22 mph on average and it took 3.5 hours. Roughly 90 litres of fuel. Flat calm at some points...not at others. Even hand fed a seal at puffin island. Awesome day. Myself, my dad and a friend completed the challenge.
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Old 11 July 2009, 13:54   #2
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Looks a grand time Paul!
Out of interest how many Nmiles?
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As you can see above, set off from the Gazelle/bangor pier and went clockwise setting off 2 hrs before high water. Swellies were fun at half tide!!! though very calm. Just 5 knot flow and swirly water. Coming out of caernarfon bar and round llandwyn island was fine, South Stack and Holyhead, very lumpy, see the swell in the photo!! A few good airborne moments were had.

Also saw dolphins by Rhosneigr and on the other side by moelfe. No photos as they were fleeting obs, flipper wasn't playing unfortunately.

Would recommend the trip to anyone but the stacks were bad considering the weather and also the sound by puffin island. Both had very confused sea states. wouldnt fancy it if more than a force 3 or 4.
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Not sure in NM as we had the gps on mph. (very non marinal but heh ho) So in land miles it was roughly 75 miles. Though we cut across nearly all the bays. Only went out wide to follow the transient line out to the skerrries and across to west mouse as didnt know the area. If you went in by moelfre/red wharf bay/bennllech it would add at least another 6 or 7. I'd say minimum mileage 65, in and out of bays would be over 85. only my opinion though.

Though we didnt measure the fuel exactly, i think we used 80litres, my dad 90.
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According to Mr Google 75 miles works out at around 65 Nmiles.
Got a big enough tank on the RIB now, this is defiantly on my soon to do list.
Thanks Paul, great pics BTW
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i would strongly recommend getting the admiralty "tough charts" for anglesey and the llyn peninsula. So good to use even in the rain, they are waxy waterproof thick pages and make navigation so much easier when combined with the gps. I would say essential for rounding anglesey, what with rocks everywhere. Take the long/lat from the gps and you know exactly where you are on the chart.

Jono Garton recommended them, cant thank him enough. I think they do the tough charts for the solent area and a couple of other popular cruising grounds. Designed with the open boater in mind.

If you are planning it, let me know, i may do it again if free.
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Thanks Paul, I've heard of the tough charts and will look into getting one for that area although I know my brother has a chart for that area and if worse comes to worst I'll see if a freezer bag comes in that size

I'm grounded at the moment with bad electrics but hoping that will be sorted soon . Think it will be August by the time I'm able to get down there.
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Ever since me and my mutt visited South stack to get some landscape photos' I've always wanted to go back.
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great photo. better than mine from the boat with an iphone that has no zoom. Though at the time, the swell and confused sea was crazy so focused more on keeping the old man in the boat!!!

Got to say, the hull on our new humber was just awesome in the rough stuff, the difference between the ocean pro with spray rails and wider beam to the destroyer and our old searider was amazing. So soft on landing and so dry, all the spray just pushed out and away. Obviously it is a bigger boat, but less than a metre in length. (5.4 to 6.3.) Managed 48mph with 3 up and about 90 litres still on board. 50 by end of season hopefully!
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I was going to ask you how you found it compared to your searider. Have to admit fi I had the money I'd be going for something a bit bigger
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