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Old 01 August 2004, 06:34   #1
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Perfect conditions yesterday

for boating.....

We decided that since the weather was so great yesterday that the opportunity to join the masses of other boats on the water couldn't be missed...... a few phone calls later, we met up with some friends on their 5.8m Narwhall "The Goose" for a trip out round Skomer to spot the last of the Puffins before they go back North (and also try and find some dolphins...).
Anyhow, we saw around 20 porpoises on the way out (camera shy as ever), but no dolphins sadly.... another time.
The water conditions round the west side of Skomer were pretty good - we decided to go the wrong way round, into the current head on, which meant that although we were only doing 15 knots, the boat was actually doing nearly 20 knots in the water. The GPS clocked 4.9knots of tide when we were drifting, which is pretty good.

I took the usual (boring if you call it that) amount of video.....

Broadband users can stream it from:
mms://media.ribseadrive.co.uk/cruise_31-07-04_small.wmv
with Windows Media Player or equivalent.

But I have put the larger file on
http://files.ribseadrive.co.uk which is 25meg for download.

1) A few boats (24) in the lock at Milford Marina
2) Sea Drive hiding at the back infront of two old french sailing boats
3) The Goose on flat conditions on the way out to Skomer
4) The west side of skomer ploughing through the 'lively' conditions
5) A wave dropping away from behind us - it was taller than the a-frame
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Old 01 August 2004, 06:37   #2
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Last 2 pics

1) What a fine sight - one of the french boats approaching St Annes on the way out.
2) I put a new transducer on the boat the other day after the airmar one fractured at speed. The transducer has no airmar markings on it, but only garmin - it's a lot more slim, and works perfectly at all speeds..... maybe Garmin finally found a decent transducer.... I was well impressed.

I've thrown the rest of the pics on the gallery @ http://gallery.ribseadrive.co.uk under the cruising section.

-Alex
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Old 01 August 2004, 07:36   #3
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great photos and videos - nice to see someone who posts nice BIG files - NTL are now offering 1.5mb broadband - downloading your 23mb file didn't take me long at all.

When I finally get my RIB will have to join you for a cruise - not too far from Swansea!

Suprised you didn't see dolphins - the BBC news said there were 300 off Skomer!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/3940097.stm
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Old 01 August 2004, 07:41   #4
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Like the vid of the F! powerboat - wonder if it was Jonathan Jones?

It really annoys me that JJ - who was World Champion 4 times - and totally dominated the sport - is almost totally unknown - even in Wales! If it had been F1 cars it would have been a different story and yet F! powerboating is a far better spectator sport!
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Like the vid of the F! powerboat - wonder if it was Jonathan Jones?
Yeap, it was Jonathan Jones to start off with for testing on that bit of river, and then there was another chap who I can't remember the name of I'm afraid.

I completely agree though about him not being well known enough - it's almost like the sport doesn't get enough publicity, maybe there's not as much money in it or something, I don't know

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Hi Alex,
We have the Garmin 160 (Not blue) depth sounder. The depth has stopped reading the last couple of trips out, we only get a temperature reading. Do you have any wiring diagrams or info on these units. The manual does not give much technical info. I would like to determine if the transducer is at fault before paying out for it and not the unit itself.

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Old 01 August 2004, 15:59   #7
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Nice pics Alex

Keeping fingers crossed we get good weather next Friday for our trip down.
Hope to get down late(ish) Friday night.

See you round soon after that hopefully.

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