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Old 24 April 2014, 16:39   #1
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Anyone out and about this weekend?

I was planning a blast across the channel but the weather isn't looking great so might pull the boat out tomorrow and tow down to Solent Sat or Sun.

Anyone about? We're a 7m Ballistic (just updated my profile)
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Old 25 April 2014, 14:56   #2
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Gonna be raining all weekend in the Solent isn't it, now I know why no one playing...

Plan "C" we will probably leave Ramsgae, turn left and perhaps run upto London tommorow, should be sheltered from the F5/6 in the Thames estuary.

Not forecast rain here!
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Old 25 April 2014, 15:05   #3
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Old 26 April 2014, 14:18   #4
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Old 29 April 2014, 03:25   #7
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Well cracking run up on Saturday, F5 gusting 6 but pretty sheltered in the Thames estuary, Ramsgate to Limrhouse in about 3 hrs including the last 45 mins from just before the barrier at 12knts. The speed limit is new since I last did this trip 10 yrs ago.

Sunday a bit less pleasant - still aching Tuesday from 3 hrs wind over tide into a headsea & the RAIN - thank goodness for gecko helmets.

It was a lot windier than forecast Sunday and made for a slow trip home.

Limehouse were very hospitable and have a good number of visitor berths. Country to what the almanac says they are accessible HW +/- 5hrs approx for small rib's. Call them first and they will work it out on the phone.

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Old 29 April 2014, 03:29   #8
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We also detoured to Chatham for food and fuel on the way home. This is a 20 mile detour, and due to 6kn speed limit probably an hour each way plus locking-in, fuelling up, locking out. Total detour including lunch over 3 hrs.

Given the conditions back to north foreland though, we were light on fuel so this was both necessary and a welcome break for lunch.
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Looks like you had a great trip. I am surprised you only needed one fuel stop, how much do you hold?
I normally use Chatham as a stop off point myself before going up the Thames into London.

Let me know if you plan to visit Burnham, I will have your drinks ready.
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