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Old 10 September 2015, 18:13   #41
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Well of course, it was a N wind! The sea calmed a lot when we were about 5 Nm south of Islay (getting some shelter) and we made Ardbeg with a final approach speed of 40kts. Not sure donegaldan would have managed a lot of footage. That said, he did very well yesterday - spent 90 minutes outside in the Antarctic winter and got some deadly footage:

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Viewing it in HD Fullscreen from the BAS page is rewarding: https://www.facebook.com/BritishAntarcticSurvey

Absolutely stunning!!


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Old 11 September 2015, 06:03   #42
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AIS? You must be sh1tting me! No-one runs AIS! I pass multiple fishing boats and patrol boats when I make a decent passage, and devil the one of them shows up on my AIS. Just the feckin English yachts callin' the fathoms as they progress....


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Ok to get this thread back - I am back in the land of the living .... (the better half became ill right after the trip and ended up in hospital for five days. Slowly getting back to normal - whatever that is - and getting round to posting some thoughts and pics of the Ardbeg run).

First of all many thanks to all the team at HQ for the organisation, especially Tom. Also thanks to Suzuki for the great generosity of the BBQ in the Boat Club. Great food and great company.

As Willk has said no pics of the run over or back as it was way too bumpy. Far too busy holding on

For all you gurners out there I have to say that Willk is a saint! Putting up with me and my gammy foot not being able to be as nimble as I usually am allows me to pay respect.

Having said that we are all getting older and just two days boating really took it out of him and the yawns were certainly visible at the BBQ in the boatclub

After the trip my face is just getting back into shape. The fixed evil smile Willk and I had as we went through the F5/6 to Ardsbeg and return now just starting to fade.

Redbay boats proved themselves once again - if you need to go to sea go in a Redbay!

Our need was a drop of Ardbeg's whisky!
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Old 28 September 2015, 13:03   #44
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Don't know what happened to my photos in the last post but here they are .....




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Old 28 September 2015, 17:52   #45
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Ok to get this thread back - I am back in the land of the living .... (the better half became ill right after the trip and ended up in hospital for five days. Slowly getting back to normal - whatever that is
Glad you pair are on the mend! Spotted your encounter with the Coasties in Donegal - top lads and lasses those - good they were there when they were needed. I was down your home way last week - escorting a floating land rover across the channel - you'd have enjoyed the trip back from Donaghadee to the Swilly - lotsa evil grins onboard that day as we swept past the many headlands at high speed....
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