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Old 28 June 2006, 17:48   #11
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Lawrenny from Neyland Marina is just over 5mins @ 40knots
Lawrenny from Milford is around 15mins at the same sort of speed.

If you're coming by boat, then you realistically have 2 choices - Milford or Neyland Marina. I can recommend places to stay in Milford that overlook the marina, but I don't know about Neyland I'm afraid.
Milford is closer to the sea, and Petrol is available at Tesco which is about 50metres from the top end of the dock - I can easily help you out with transport if that's the case since I work on the docks anyway.

The only thing with Milford as Dai has said is that Milford is behind a lock system. Provided you plan ahead, you shouldn't have a problem with it - ie our Haverfordwest trip on the 11th will get us back to Milford in the dark on the last Access lock of the evening, yet I'll be out from Milford going to H-West straight after work on the first access lock before high water.
If you are down here then, and the weather is good, the trip up should be good cos there will be a few other boats coming up as well.
Last years pics are here... http://gallery.ribseadrive.co.uk/pdc/btb-2k5/ and the previous years are here... http://gallery.ribseadrive.co.uk/pdc/btb-2k4/

If there's more than a one or two boats coming, we'll have to ensure that getting a berth won't be a problem - I am aware that both Milford and Neyland are rather full right now.

I've recently added a new webcam for interest on the website at work, which looks into the Milford Docks basin.
http://www.mhpa.co.uk/webcams.php
Also go to http://www.mhpa.co.uk/weather.php for live weather reports from our two weather stations.

-Alex
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Old 28 June 2006, 18:06   #12
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Lawrenny from Neyland Marina is just over 5mins @ 40knots
Lawrenny from Milford is around 15mins at the same sort of speed.

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Ok Alex - my timings were inclusive of refuelling stops at The Jolly Sailor and the pub at Llanstadwell
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Old 28 June 2006, 18:13   #13
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JK - Perhaps this thread should be moved to 'Cruise Planning'?

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Old 28 June 2006, 18:18   #14
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ok count us in, northwales on the 1-2 July

south wales on the 8-9 July cooooooool

digs are sorted ........cheeeers for that

gunnaby a busy summer me thinks.

bringing the pintsized crew as well

need to think about booking in my 100 hour service at this rate
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Old 28 June 2006, 18:53   #15
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Jono....

Great place to go. I was there last weekend too!

Stayed at Knowles Farm, http://www.lawrenny.org.uk/ about 2 miles from the Lawrenny Slip. Excellent, 1st class B&B and didn't mind me parking a RIB in their yard!

Managed to get out to some of the islands on the Saturday including landing on Skomer Island, (£6 per person to the warden). Great place this. There are no ground predators so the birds are really tame. The puffins walk within feet of you.... including one cute one with his dinner who walked across the footpath in front of us! Lots of seals around too!

Then on the Sunday, we awoke to more wind and greyer clouds, so I was persuaded to leave the boat and ‘do’ a castle. Needless to say, Sunday turned out to be the best day weather wise by the afternoon! .
Saw the RIBS below at Stackpole in the afternoon, (before rushing back to get on the river for an hour or two). Then saw the same RIBS at Creswell Quay in the evening…. (High water pub) Who are you?

Alex. Sorry, I meant to give you my mobile number so we could meet up but only remembered half way to Wales…. Next time then!

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Old 29 June 2006, 03:53   #16
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Nicely done Mike - glad you enjoyed your stay down here. I have only ever been on Skomer once, and that was when I was with primary school a good many years ago!!

As much as I'd have liked to get on the water on Saturday, I was unfortunately working the full day, and didn't get away from the place until the early hrs of Sunday, which as you say was a cracking day for weather.....

Did you take the boat upto Cresswell on the evening Mike? - must have been a bit close on the depth for any boat over the weekend, cos the tides weren't really that high.

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Hi Alex,

No, I didn't take the boat up there. My boating 'allowance' had been exhausted by then. We drove past on the way to Carew for dinner. There seemed plenty water at Creswell though, judging by the high speed one boat was doing, heading UP-stream from the pub! (Maybe after they’d sampled the beer?)

I’ll be a bit more adventurous in the river next time….. Maybe you can guide me?

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Hello Mike,

Yeah, not a problem - give me a shout next time you're planning a trip down this way, and we'll try and work the tides to get to the upper reaches of the Cleddau. About 95% of the time, I turn right at the Dock entrance and head out to sea these days, since a good day up river is filled with water skiiers, jet skis and the like - it makes easy cruising not entirely possible since you're constantly ducking and diving to avoid hitting people!!

Edit:- On your last pic Mike, our house is there if you look at the higher res pic you will probably see it - look at the bunch of houses above rudders boatyard, and our house is the last one on the right

In the mean time, is this weekend still on? - Looking at the charts, Saturday looks to be just fine, whereas Sunday will see a couple of frontal systems piling through with increased winds from the SW. I doubt the swell will pick up much, but it could still be interesting all the same
My fuel line has cracked (it's had one movement and an hr of uv ray too many) and consequently needs replacing.... only found this out last weekend, so this is my project to fix over the coming few nights

If Saturday is fine, where do we go? - do we turn left at the heads and take the 35mile trip to Tenby, go straight on at the heads and take the 30 mile trip due west to the smalls, or do we turn right and head upto the islands, and round St Brides Bay?

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been chatting to brad and if the weather holds then we are up for it, will leave the planning to you local guys as is your home area, we have a 6 yr old and 3 yr old on board so will need to be in the calmer waters for them and not tooo long a drag. we are up for some watersports of some description as that would be fun. we are staying at the downhilldai guest house and apparently there is a beer tasting event on which should be good!!

maybe a bbq on a beach somewhere for lunch would be cool

we are looking to travel up on friday eve and travel home sunday eve,

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