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Old 06 November 2002, 14:37   #71
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Ive got a 3.1 Suzumar which my son Nick will go in - we will accompany in the 7m RIB. Only thing is, at that time of year getting a whole week free is tricky - any chance of timing the "main event" at the start or end so that a long weekend would suffice for some people?
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Old 06 November 2002, 15:15   #72
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I hear what you are saying, Alan Mc.
The problem is of course, weather.
As soon as we settle on a specific weekend, you can bet your boots it will blow a hooley.
I am thinking that we ought to plan (say) a weeks worth of boating in the general area, and then zero in on the best weather window for the major sib crossing event.
I think we need to be flexible- but it would be really great to see you there!
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Old 07 November 2002, 02:13   #73
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IT MAY SOUND improbable, even fantastical, but Professor Bryden and his team of researchers at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University plan to sink 150-foot-tall propeller-driven turbines into the Pentland Firth over the next five years. The underwater windmills will rotate with the shifting sea currents, which frequently churn at more than 12 knots, delivering energy to the nation’s main power grid.

To prove his research, Bryden will begin small, with three to five turbines. If the initial work proves successful, the payoff could be staggering for a region where oil and gas supplies are dwindling.

“There’s more energy flowing through the Pentland Firth than from all the oil and gas in the world,” says Bryden gleefully.

The professor adds that the Pentland Firth’s waters alone could generate 30 gigawatts of power — enough to light all of Britain each year. That would involve thousands of turbines and closing down the Firth’s busy shipping lanes, admittedly an impossibility. But Bryden’s message is clear: Renewable power sources hold the key to solving many of the world’s energy crises.

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Old 09 November 2002, 06:02   #74
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Orkney was a Scandinavian possession until 1468, when they became part of a still unredeemed pledge, for the dowry of Margaret, daughter of King Christian I of Denmark, who was to marry King James III of Scotland, Norway then being ruled by Denmark.

Even to this day Orkney maintains very strong links with the Scandinavian countries, and many Orkadians don't even consider themselves Scottish! Not surprising, considering the fact that Bergen is closer than London.

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Fancy a look at 'The Old Man of Hoy'? Join the 'Orkney SIB Expedition 2003'.

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Swona, where the Pentland firth meets Scapa Flow. This island, which rarely experiences frost, is at the same latitude as frigid Churchill on Hudson's Bay, haunt of the ice-bear! Swona is now uninhabited, except by its famous herd of feral cattle and seabirds - it's off Swona that we see the greatest numbers of puffin.

Dunnet Head, most northerly point of the Scottish Mainland, can be seen in the background to the right of the cottage.

Puffin, whales, whirlpools, seals and more.

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Here is the view across Hoy Sound.

Orkney is a beautiful and enigmatic place. Perched off the far North Eastern point of the mainland, it seems to have a precarious grip on the UK, as the fierce tidal streams of the Pentland Firth try to rip its fragile link with the coast and cast it adrift in the North Sea.

Just think, you could be there with us next August. If you haven't registered an interest yet please email me orkney@blackhart.co.uk and you will go on the 'The Great Orkney SIB expedition 2003' emailing list. You will receive regular updates as to the progress of the expedition.

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Old 10 November 2002, 04:55   #78
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Aghhh Sheep, reminds me of my homeland!

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Old 10 November 2002, 05:34   #79
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Family of 4 Agreed we are IN for it!!

Keith,

All sounds very interesting. After the hot summer in Greece family agreed want to try Scotland.
We have never sailed in Scotland, but I have read a lot about it (I dive also and get many reports about some fantastic diving up there).
Well (unless something more urgent transpires - DOUBT IT VVMUCH) we are in.
I hope you don't mind if we bring children with us (12 and 4)?
Please let me know.
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Nice going Keith, looks like you've done a great job of getting everyone interested! Gotta say your factoids have been a great idea, they seem to have got more people involved, and also give me something to read during lessons when the tutors aren't looking. Now I know in theory I should be doing my coursework when in computing lessons, but I just can't do any programming or design work in a light room with no loud music!

Keep it up Keith, can't wait!

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