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Old 26 August 2009, 14:31   #1
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Falmouth to Scilly Isles

A few of us from East Kent are thinking about doing a Falmouth to Scilly Isles run 9th - 13th October, depending on conditions.

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Tornado 6.5m
Ribtec 585
Ribcraft 4.8

Anyone got any tips or where to launch, where to land, where to camp and where to get fuel if needed for the return run?

Also any thoughts on what sea conditions are generally like between mainland and scilly isles in October? I know, prob hard to predict!

Many thanks

Gareth, Canterbury, Kent

Ribcraft 4.8 / 60hp E-tec
Zodiac Futura Mk2 / 50hp Yammy
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Old 26 August 2009, 18:41   #2
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I live in Fal and do the Scillies run on a fairly regular basis. I'll give details tomorrow.
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Old 27 August 2009, 08:10   #3
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That would be great

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Old 27 August 2009, 08:56   #4
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Hokay, logistically, Falmouth is the better option over Penzance. To launch from Mylor http://www.mylor.com/ gives a good slip, plenty of secure parking, trailer storage, fuel etc. However, you're almost doubling the length of the trip. Rounding Lizard point on a flood tide can be interesting.
Buying fuel on the Scillies is a pain, it's expensive, the pump is not often manned and it has to be carried in cans to the boats. It's best to carry enough to do the whole trip if poss. A round trip with some exploring around the islands usually totals about 200Nm, so fuel amounts can be calculated accordingly. We camp on Bryher which works well, they'll collect your gear with a tractor and trailer from the jetty and deliver it to the site. The pub is just down the track.
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Old 27 August 2009, 12:58   #5
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Cheers for the info.

Was thinking of taking 4x 25litre plastic tanks in my Ribcraft 4.8 plus another small 15litre reserve...

Do you think it is do-able in a 4.8m? be interesting round the lizard by the sounds of it!

Hopefully the water wont be too cold in October! Would like to have gone in sept but the others are all busy!

Cheers, Gareth
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