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Old 27 July 2003, 06:31   #151
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It's not the marshmallows that worry me, it's what you do with the stick afterwards!
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Old 27 July 2003, 16:34   #152
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So what sort of speed are you chaps thinking would be good for a cruise in company for all the boats from Lymington ?

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Old 27 July 2003, 18:13   #153
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Excellent question Pete, and one that I was wondering about too. Shall we declare our preferedcruising speeds?

I shall declare mine at 23 knots, cos that's what the GPS always says when I look at it having thought....."This is a nice cruising speed" Anything between 20 and 25 would be fine though!

That's in the flat by the way, obviously lower in the rough. In fact if it's really rough I'll be doing 70 knots, in the car, to the pub!

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Old 27 July 2003, 18:47   #154
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Mike, I asked because I might now be free that weekend, the decission will be known tomorrow night.

Good choice, the last time I crossed the Channel with AP, we averaged 22-23 knots in F2-3. At this speed everyone was comfortable and not holding on for grim death.

Can I also suggest you stop perhaps every 45 mins to change drivers, allow stern drives to cool down (we have discussed this one at length and I was astonished to find mine warm after 30 mins of high speed cruising) and have a fag / slurp of coffee. This speed is a good compromise between the big 7m+ boats that don't plane well at slower speeds and the little boats that are comfortable at 20 knots.

Also suggest one person sets the GPS marks (which way round Alderney) and posts them on here so everyone is following the same track. Richard as the leader over to you...

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Old 27 July 2003, 19:01   #155
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A bottom of champs? This got more to do with the fags, camp trip and pink marshmellows?
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Old 27 July 2003, 19:29   #156
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Ah, you noticed that too Matt? I'm getting worried about this lot!

Pete - great to hear that you may be coming - get in touch with Charles ASAP!!

I dunno, you smokers can't hold your attention span for more that 45mins...

Yes - I don't think this will be a fast crossing. There's quite mix of boats with at least 6 in the 4.7m to 6.5m range. Also a number of young children and other inexperienced crew like mine. We need to stick together and look out for each other.

Waypoints need to be published as you say - watch this space. I'll take advice from Charles on how to approach Platte Fougere - with the preferred route looking like keeping to the west of Roche Douvres.

Crazyhorse said he couldn't make it, but I've kept a pair of seats free on Blue Ice just in case?

And Matt - are you coming? If I remember, you were pencilled in from the beginning.
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Sadly no, I won't be coming. And for the exact same reason I can't do Orkney. All those bloody university students have come home for summer and stolen all the jobs. Been trying for the past 2 months to get work, but can't. At this point, if I was to get a job tomorrow, firstly I wouldn't be paid in time, and secondly I don't think they'd like me taking over a weeks worth of holiday time so early on!

I'm currently looking into getting a job elsewhere, and moving out. Enquiring about a couple of jobs in the Pwhelli/Bangor area tomorrow. Fingers crossed!
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Hi guys,
20-25 knots is good for me in fair weather. Less if it blows up. Talking of inexperienced crew Richard, if it is anything rougher than "mill pond" could I please "bum" a seat on your larger boat for my other half. I don't want to put her off ribbing forever!
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Waypoints need to be published as you say - watch this space. I'll take advice from Charles on how to approach Platte Fougere - with the preferred route looking like keeping to the west of Roche Douvres.

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I think you mean the casquets if that was the Roches Douvres you would certainly be in trouble!

For those of you approaching Guernsey through the little Russell I would go 2 miles west of the Casquets as this will take you past any over falls and save any lost time then as you approach Guernsey keep Brehon Tower (locally called Behron Tower) over the end of St Martins point, which is the southern most visible tip of Guernsey. This is the clearest route. Once you are in sight of Rousse and Roustel then you can head in towards the Platte and then on towards St Peter Port. It is a clear route with nothing to worry about

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Waypoints need to be published as you say - watch this space. I'll take advice from Charles on how to approach Platte Fougere - with the preferred route looking like keeping to the west of Roche Douvres.
Err,
Maybe I'm having a blonde moment but according to my chart, Roches Douvres are 20 miles south of Guernsey... or is there another place with a similar name?

From my plotting, a straight line from The Needles to Platte Fougere just misses the bit of TSS north of Alderney and goes through the Ortac Channel. I've not been through the Ortac, (it was calm enough to do The Swinge last time I was there).... So looking forward to your advice Charles..... which will probably be in the mail shot I guess!

Clarky, Your wife is welcome to sit on my engine if itís rough. That's where my wife often sits and it is quite still there Ė Donít worry, there is a cushion!
(Actually strike that about rough - moderate is my limit!)


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