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Old 24 October 2004, 04:21   #1
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Corrywreckan anyone?

Hi folks

We crossed The Pentland Firth in my 3.4m SIB in 2003.

How about tackling one of the world's 5 permanent whirlpools, the Corrywreckan in 2005?

Any takers please?

Keith Hart
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Old 24 October 2004, 04:34   #2
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CORRYWRECKAN FACTOID NUMBER 1

It's dangerous

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Suposed to be quite an interesting dive too

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Is it as bad as people say?

Would love to try it - hope next summer to visit the West Coast - lived all over the world and never been to Scotland......(other than day trip to Edinburgh)!!!

Long way to tow an 8.5m boat but what the hell.
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Is it as bad as people say?
Some of the time. At other times it can be quite disappointing! Definitely worth a look though

The Grey Dogs tidal race nearby can be fun too

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What all this about tow???
From where you are it is a mere hop, skip and a jump to rib it up there!! And a jolly sight more fun as well.
Suggest Swansea to Bangor (or Pwhelli if you dont fancy going as far as Bangor). Then up to the Corry the next morning. Easy-peasy.
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What all this about tow???
From where you are it is a mere hop, skip and a jump to rib it up there!! And a jolly sight more fun as well.
Suggest Swansea to Bangor (or Pwhelli if you dont fancy going as far as Bangor). Then up to the Corry the next morning. Easy-peasy.
Petrol - that's what it's all about - and our stupid disgusting levels of tax!!!

Couldn't afford a diesel boat so have gone for a 225 2 stroke!

Discovery towing - about 20mpg - boat about 3mpg???

Would be great fun though and a lot less stressfull - who knows maybe if business picks up a little.
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Hi folks

We crossed The Pentland Firth in my 3.4m SIB in 2003.

How about tackling one of the world's 5 permanent whirlpools, the Corrywreckan in 2005?

Any takers please?

Keith Hart
It would be lovely

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http://www.smithsonianmag.si.edu/jou...ll_page_1.html

Very interesting article on the Corryvreckan!!!

Am determind to give it a go but plenty of places much nearer to home to try first such as "The Bitches" etc.
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Just read ALL the article - VERY interesting and mentions the other 4 whirlpools - the most famous being the Maelstrom off Norway - never guessed such a common word was a real whirlpool - learn something new every day!!!
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Hi folks

We crossed The Pentland Firth in my 3.4m SIB in 2003.

How about tackling one of the world's 5 permanent whirlpools, the Corrywreckan in 2005?

Any takers please?

Keith Hart
I could be up for that next year....or hows about leaving from Campbeltown and heading round the Mull of Kintyre ,nice big standing waves if you get the tide right ...or wrong then up to the Corrywreckan?
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Old 29 October 2004, 09:02   #12
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greetings all

Would love to join Bitches or Corrywreckan trip. The Extreeme Ribs video as advertised in RIB International has some good footage on The Bithes. Probaly a good idea to liase with some local expertise to help get the most out of the day. I know Shaun White operates there. I think Bear Grylls also ha sa base nearby.

As regards the Corrywreckan.....might be a good idea to find the man with the boat of same name....buy one of his boats and then ask him to show us the way! He has a base nearby....and the boats for the job...and has been known to accompany his owners on a few trips...
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We'd be up for that. We could join you as people pass the IoM......

Let us know when you've got some dates!!

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I have been through this 3 times this year, it isn't as bad as everybody seems to think. I would come down for a play if folk are around although i may feel a bit inadequate in size, boat of course!
I have been through the Grey dogs and also seen it in free flow and would be more worried about that one
I have been planning to dive the Corryvreckan all year but tides, weather and time have all been against me trying.
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Old 30 October 2004, 06:36   #15
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Just seen a Discovery prog about the 5 whirlpools - very interesting and a little scary.

They took a life size dummy with the same buoyancy as a man in a wetsuit and lobbed it into the corryvreckan - the dummy was sonn sucked under and the line ran out as if there was a shark on the end!!!

When they pulled the dummy in it was full of gravel and the depth meter had gone off the scale at 200M - in other words what ever you do don't fall overboard!!!
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This would be at mid tide, it is possible to dive it in the right conditions, you just need to know what they are.
Wish I did!
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id be up for a wee trip up north any dates and numbers.
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Stangford Lough also has an intersting whirlpool, the Routen Wheel, only place I have seen sea water run down hill and a 20 knot rib come to a dead holt, great scary dive though

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Gavin and I might be up for that... I will have to check with him thought
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