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Old 27 December 2012, 08:04   #1
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Round Isle of Wight trip

Hi all, hope you had a nice Xmas & a Happy New Year to you all!

I know its been done before many times, by reading the posts on here, (Whisper for 1) about doing a rib trip around the Isle of Wight.
I am planning to do the same trip to raise some funds for our dive club.

I am not asking you guys for money, but could we join anyone doing this cruise or would you like to join us?
Thinking of the late spring time on a good tide & fair weather we hope? LOL

I believe the distance is around 60nms? We will be taking enough fuel to go almost twice round, so no problem there. Boat is a 585 Ribcraft with 115 4 stroke fitted with all safety equipment, fixed vhf & at least 2 h/hand radios, phones etc.
Launching from Portsmouth & maybe stopping off at Ventnor and or Yarmouth?

Any advice on this subject would be much appreciated! Thanks-John
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Old 27 December 2012, 11:26   #2
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Only thing I would say is aim for slack (ish) off St Catherines. If you are going Needles, St Catherines, Bembridge direction hit the needles as the ebb is dying then you pick up the first of the incoming tide as you head for St Catherines which will be smoother.

Otherwise enjoy.

If you fancy a luchtime anchor then Sandown Bay is nice, as it Whitecliff Bay or head into Bembridge.

Watch out for Bembridge Ledges and Ryde Sands

Keep up posted when you are going, I always enjoy a run around the Island
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Old 27 December 2012, 12:12   #3
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This might help your planning. Long arrows fast water smaller arrows slow water.

Good luck!
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We will be up for that,done it a few times. Will watch for your posts.
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Old 27 December 2012, 18:58   #5
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Thanks for that guys! We dive the wrecks & the eastern part of the island often, so we know that area with the ledges, tidal diamonds, etc quite well. Just haven't been round much further.
Thinking of going 'clockwise' round, or would 'anti-clock' be better?
I'll post a date in the new year & hopefully one or more of you will join us? Safety in numbers & all that. p.s If you lose your anchor, give us a shout? lol
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Been round a few times on a number of different craft ( inc ribs, zap cats & skis ). Excluding stops you can cruise round in a couple of hours, either direction and never really worried too much about the tide - just picked a nice calm day. A buddie boat / craft is a good idea and as mentioned before bembridge ledge and ryde sands are areas to navigate wisely, enjoy.
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been talking about going round the island for a long time, would like to do it with you. We also have a Ribcraft 585 with a 115hp. Let us know what date/s you are thinking of?
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We are doing the round Isle of Wight trip again soon, I will have to check the dates and let you know.
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It will be the 1st June if that's any good to you?
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1st of June is good for me. Looking forward to it.
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