Originally Posted by jokaboat
We haven't looked into passage planning in detail yet but wil probably form an independant flottilla (mind you getting tides etc right probably means we'll be crossing much the same time anyway).
As I mentioned over the way there, timing your arrival is in my mind pretty key. Not only because the waters around Alderney can be exciting, but also you don't want to hit the Sailing Club bar too early or too late.
You will of course check the figures with your own sources, but as an indication...
On Friday the 22nd of July
HW Cowes 04:40 3.7m
LW Cowes 10:00 1.6m
HW Braye 12:10 5.0m
LW Braye 18:30 2.1m
For Alderney those are mid way between neaps and springs. We do not get what most recognise as slack water, but what passes for such is two to two and half hours after high and low waters. So good arrival time, in terms of tide/beer coefficient might be 14:30.
Tim is organising two groups, an early departure for craft anticipating a crossing speed of 20-25kn and a later one for 30-35kn boats. I believe (cue TG).
It might be likely that there will be the SBnRers grouping up at the Needles SWM around 10:00. TG1 at about 11:00 and TG2 at noonish?