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Old 28 June 2003, 17:15   #111
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Oh twas bliss........

Lovely couple of hours this morning, Derbyhaven Bay followed by Laxey Harbour, then back for the regatta.

It's absolutely windless now.....not a ripple.

Conflicting forecasts for tomorrow again though!

Inshore forecast at 17:22 suggests 2-3, however Ronaldsway Met Office quotes 4-6 with sea moderate.

Oh well, sailing again I suppose!
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Old 28 June 2003, 17:19   #112
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Had a trip from Fleetwood to Piel Island today.
First section is the first 12 miles of the IOM tips route(almost)

Trip out we had a short 3-4 foot breaking swell was down to 15Ktsat times, lots of take offs when we speeded up.
Was OK but would have taken us more then 3 hours if we had done IOM.

Trip back with wind behind us we had about 2-3 foor swell and made good speed back to Fleetwood not dropping below 25kts and mostly 30Kts. (well we had to after pie & peas, etc we left Peil with only 30 min until the only lock in until 23.00 tonight)

Hope the Anglsey trip went well.

We are planning a camping trip, BBQ, few beers etc to Piel in the next few weeks. Will post details when we get some dates times etc.

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Old 29 June 2003, 15:09   #113
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Never mind

We have had an absolutely glorious day here......5-10 knots of breeze, sunshine all the way. Waves no higher than 18 inches (and mostly less than a foot).

Sadly only second in the regatta - we really needed that 4-6 Easterly promised!

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Old 29 June 2003, 16:01   #114
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We've had that easterly warm 4-6 down here all day until about an hr ago, when it all went all still and started to rain.

Now, I suspect it's getting ready to rumble

Either way, the forecast for yesterday and today down here was not accurate - yesterday was sizzling, and not much breeze at all.... the inshore waters reckoned upto f7 locally too

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Old 29 June 2003, 17:26   #115
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Well, instead of the planned Isle of Man, we spent the time cruising from Conwy to Pwhelli, via Abersoch.

Glorious weather all weekend, we all got nicely sunburnt on Saturday. Today it was sunny, but it got a bit rough on the water at times.

All in all a great weekend, and if someone has a spare mobile phone for sale, Crazyhorse might be interested (someone will explain once we're recovered)

And then there was of course the high point of the weekend, meeting Mr Orkney SIB himself!

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Old 30 June 2003, 04:00   #116
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Not Crazyhorse - SPIDERMAN

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Old 30 June 2003, 06:07   #117
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Just so you know what the sea conditions really were ....... we sort of did your trip in reverse leaving Peel IOM on Saturday morning at 0845 bound for Pwllheli, returning Sunday afternoon.

There was a slight chop on the west side of the Isle of Man but this faded away once we were through the Calf Sound and we then had a lovely run past South Stack and through Bardsey Sound stopping only briefly for a comfort break and to watch some dolphins off somewhere with a welsh name. We reached Pwllheli in three and a half hours.

The sun came out and we had a scorching afternoon.

Sunday was again sunny and hot all day, but windier with a 4 from the south east around the welsh coast. We left Pwllheli at 1345 and went as far as abeam of South Stack just in t shirts and shorts.

By then the wind had gone around to the NE but not increased any so we suited up and headed for home. It was irritatingly choppy at times but about ten miles off the Island this dropped away to nothing. Four hours for the return trip.

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Old 30 June 2003, 07:07   #118
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Keith, I thought I'd better refer to him as Crazyhorse until you'd done the honours of explaining, just so they knew who I was talking about.

Allen, on Saturday the conditions were great. Sunday, coming out of Pwhelli there was quite a swell, which led to quite a bumpy (but dry) ride (made worse by the fact I was sat on the tubes, holding on for dear life). If my hands hadn't been hurting so much from holding on, it would have been a lot of fun, Ian was certainly enjoying driving through it. Once we'd got through Bardsey Sound, the swell died down quite a bit, and we had some great fun driving from there onto the Menai Straits. Pretty good conditions all through there, but got a bit choppy towards the end. Then leaving Anglesey it got a bit too choppy, though it was fun for a bit. Waves were constantly coming over us in the searider, the other boats kept disappearing behind waves, we nearly landed on Dave and Keith, and then the boat decided it didn't want to turn right anymore. So we had a boat full of water, all the gear soaked, 2 people who were not having fun anymore, and to top it all off everytime we wanted turn right, we had to turn left a lot. It was decided then to get me onto Ged's boat, as the tubes were not a nice place to be at that point.

Absolutely cracking weather though, but I can feel the sunburn today

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Just need to add a big thanks to everyone that went on the cruise. Special thanks to Ian for picking me up from home and letting me stay at his place on Friday night, and to Helen for keeping me company for a few hours. Then of course more thanks to Ian and his wife for putting me up at the caravan on Saturday night, and for a bloody fantastic barbeque. Cheers to Ged for letting me have a quick drive of The Full Morty, that is one seriously fun boat. And again cheers to Ged for dragging me onboard once Lynhome started getting flooded by the waves on Sunday! Cheers to Keith and David for dropping that bloody anchor at Conwy....

And of course, thanks Crazyhorse for giving us a good laugh with the mobile phone and the spider!

Great weekend, so nice one lads (and lass)! When we doing it again?

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It certainly was a great weekend. Many, many thanks to Ian and Debbie for the Barbie and sorting out our bed for the night.

More stories later as the photos get posted.

Matt I will compile a CD Rom of photographs in the next few days and send one to the crews. So please email any photos to me lads and lassies.

Watch out for more stuff in the gallers later in the week.

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