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Old 28 February 2009, 09:02   #11
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It was a beautiful day out there - and the forcast has improved for tomorrow with Dorset now remaining dry and drizzle only in Devon and Cornwall. I'm definitely up for Ventnor tomorrow but the little Avocets have other plans and Mrs Avocet isn't sure. I may, therefore, be on my own and, even if not, will certainly have room for Luke whom I could pick up from Lymington at, say, 11.30(ish) with a view to doing an anti-clockwise circumnavigation of the IoW, stopping at Ventnor for lunch. How does that fit in with everyone else?

In the meantime here's some pictures of Blackroady also at around 40kts:
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Old 28 February 2009, 15:23   #12
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Sorry I could not get out to join you today, but am planning to be out tomorrow (sunday) launching out of Christchurch. No definate plans yet, as that will depend on the number of crew and where they want to lunch. However, will be listening out on 77 and may be able to talk to you this time! Ariel was full of water last time ...

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Old 28 February 2009, 15:33   #13
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No problems about today: it was a good trip but really only to assist Blackroady if his shakedown proved less than perfect.

If the conditions are like today, a trip to Ventnor (not necesarily round the island) should be quite quick and it's fairly unusual to be able to tie up in Ventnor over a whole lunchtime and still get out afterwards!

Have still not heard from Luke (if he's not coming, I can go direct to the St Catharine's) but will be monitoring 16 and 77 in any event and should be able to catch you in Christchurch Bay.

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Old 28 February 2009, 16:56   #14
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Going to make tomorrow my first run of the year... hopefully all systems will be go.
Will probably run over to Yarmouth to refuel... and then decide whether to run over to Ventnor for lunch, but may just play in the solent for a while.

Trevor, will probably be down Calshot way about 11, will PM you my number.
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I'll need fuel too. How about an 11.30 RV at Yarmouth and see what conditions/weather are like?

Can still pick up Luke (if he wants) from Lymington before.

Does that suit Trevor (whose closest run to Ventnor is the other way)?
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We should be at Clashot at about 11 and are happy to RV there before going on to Yarmouth. We don't have fixed plans so we can discuss where to go from there when we see what the conditions are.
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OK. So Rv at Yarmouth 11.30. Take on fuel and assess.

Sounds like a plan to me.

I've never been to Ventnor (only past it), so I'm up for that but am happy to go along with whatever.

See y'all tomorrow: I'm off to bed.

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Just leaving the house, so see you all later
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Crept out of Mudeford - thought it was a bit too cold for me (not really dressed for it today compared to yesterday ) & came back . Saw 250 on his way out ( and heard him on the radio ) down the river . Fingers corssed for mid march that there was another thread about . Hope everyone had a good time today.
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An excellent day out.in lovely(ish) weather and good conditions.

DizzyLizzy, Neil Harvey and I met at Yarmouth at 11.30(ish), fuelled and headed of around midday. Put a couple of calls out for 250 but nothing heard.

Safely arrived and moored in Ventnor. Only room for one boat on the pontoons, so DizzyLizzy acted as taxi and the others moored on buoys in the small harbour. A lovely lunch outside at the Spyglass Inn on a terrace above the sea. Both Mrs Avocet (who finally chose to come along) and I cannot recommend the devilled crab and the Ventnor Golden Bitter highly enough. Katie (off DizzyLizzy) also rated the burger.

After lunch, we carried on round the island saying goodbye to DizzyLizzy and Neil just before Cowes in what were slightly rougher conditions (now wind against tide) than earlier.

Refuelled in Yarmouth on completion of the circumnavigation. 58 litres used.

Then back across Christchurch and Poole Bays just as the sun was beginning to set above the Purbecks. A lovely day out and nice to meet the others again. Already looking forward to the next one.

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