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Old 04 September 2005, 06:09   #1
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Torbay-Tall ships race start

Well despite the force 5-6 Easterly I managed to get out to the start of the tall ships race. We launched from Polly steps in Teignmouth. Which was fine apart from the swell that had built up over the sand bar outside the river. An outgoing river spring tide aginst a force 5 easterly makes a big sea, and we had a perect storm moment. We went up a sheer wave that was prime to break at any second. The wave was taller than my boat is long, but fortunately we had the power to get the top where we seemed to hang forever, before dropping into a large trough. Fortunately nothing broke and no one fell out, so we were able to cary on to Torbay.

We got out to the start line just after they had started but were able to follow them along to the tip of Berry head. Due to the sea state and amount of spray my mate couldn't use his camera so we were stuck with my little thing in its U/W housing. Managed to get some good shots though. Thought we were the smallest boat out but was out done by 0.35m, by a 5m Humber.
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Old 04 September 2005, 06:12   #2
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Old 04 September 2005, 08:19   #3
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Nice pictures Paul. Glad I decided not to launch after all

Shame for the public on the shore to though hope, to see more when they return. I even passed on the helicopter trip as it was so misty

Teignmouth sounded intersting
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Old 04 September 2005, 08:38   #4
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Amazing pictures and what a great day out. Those tall ships are amazing when under sail. We had them in at Falmouth but seeing them anchored up is not quite the same...

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Glad I decided not to launch after all
Why ? - what an amazing adventure - including trying to get past the sand bar - i would be gutted i missed out...
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Great pics and well worth the bit of excitement you had!!!
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Amazing pictures and what a great day out. Those tall ships are amazing when under sail. We had them in at Falmouth but seeing them anchored up is not quite the same...



Why ? - what an amazing adventure - including trying to get past the sand bar - i would be gutted i missed out...
Got a first mate that hates the rough, and don't hold much faith in the bilge pump should I take a wave over the front as it's a bowrider it could only take one to sink us
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