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Old 23 August 2009, 13:04   #1
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Some of the pics from our jaunt to Orkney, video to follow.
pic 1 Knotland Castle Westray
pic 2 Neolithic Tomb Papa Holm (off papa westray)
pic 3 Caves and fissures off Calf of Eday
pic 4 Midhowe Broch Rousay
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Old 23 August 2009, 13:08   #2
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Pic 1 Cave off Rousay (and we managed to get the RIB right through as it was 11m deep!)
pic 2 An arch nearby which was not deep enough to get through.
pic 3 Eday
pic 4 Wreck bouy marking the Royal Oak
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Pic 1 Cave off Rousay (and we managed to get the RIB right through as it was 11m deep!)
pic 2 An arch nearby which was not deep enough to get through.
pic 3 Eday
pic 4 Wreck bouy marking the Royal Oak
looks like you had great weather bruce how many miles did you do in total where did you stay i,m thinking of a trip to scotland next year people tell me oban is the place to go

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Old 23 August 2009, 18:09   #4
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The whole west coast is a Ribbers playground, depends what you are after?
I have no idea what mileage we did but it was around 50 miles round trip out to Papa Westray, around 60miles round to north Ronaldsay and back. Maybe another 30ish miles on the Rousay trip and maybe 20-30 miles in Scapa Flow making around 160-170miles in total?
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Old 23 August 2009, 18:09   #5
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Bruce pics are great looks as if you had a great week and the weather looks ok too lucky you.
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Old 23 August 2009, 18:29   #6
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The winds didn't drop below 5 much all week and at times were 7-8. The only good thing is that is was dry and bright just about the whole week and the islands layout allows sheltered runs just about anywhere, even out to North Ronaldsay. This meant we not only got everywhere we wanted dry but also without much bouncing about. The tides are something else and you can have the wave hopping if you want it even in calm weather but a bit of careful planning goes round it.
The only issues that you need to watch for are - inaccurate charting in certain areas (only close inshore and no real problem if you are aware of it and don't slavishly rely on them) as depths are pretty shallow around the islands in most areas plus lots of floating line on the pots around the area. We were caught twice over the week with a rope wrapped around the skeg and prop even giving them a wide berth. One had over 100m of floating line downstream of the bouy!
We are planning to go again next year in June if anyone is up for it. You really can't beat the facilities and things to see. I even got handed a 136 page colour A5 book full of all the harbour/slip/jetty and water information free by the harbour authority and it is full of stuff, even drying depth diagrams and aerial pictures of every item in the islands related to facilities.
Maybe after having a look at the video others may want to come next year, its certainly worth the tow and hassle IMO.
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Bruce a great video enjoyed both the cruises and the scenery! Looks as if there were a few short 'chop' passages during the week anything scary?

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Nope, the short bumpy stretches were almost all tidal rosts and narrows
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Bruce great pics and great video...But above all. GREAT DOG!! Wish mine would come out with me
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