lets go with channel 72 on the day for our communication but if that one is busy we can move to a less busy channel
if we aim to meet up at 9.30-9.45 on the water off of calshot with a view to leaving at 10 am
having spoken with a few folks and due to the number of boats then bring sarnies and bbq, we can stop somewhere to eat sarnies at 12 ish, and then continue round the island and head for priory bay for a bbq
i will launch at camber dock as calshot will have their busiest weekend all year so the fewer folks that launch there the better, this was mentioned in an earlier post by me. as lots of folks may be launching then get there early and give yourself enough time etc.
if you do go to calshot or camber to launch then watch out for the posts so you dont crunch your wing
my mate crunched his at calshot
, i crunched mine at camber
if we estimate around 4 -5 or so hours to get round the island inc stops then we should be back at priory bay for around 2-3 ish for bbq etc. the view of this cruise is a more leisurely pace with plenty of stops for photo opportunities and socialising and doing a bit of exploring.
we will stop to regroup reasonalby frequently to try to keep everyone together
for the rest of the day we will take it as it comes
if anyone has any particular places they want to visit or stop at then drop a post on here and we can work that into the trip, if everyone is happy to trot round at a steady pace with sightseeing stops then that is fine also.
getting round st catherine point and the needles can be quite choppy and rough at times and we will probably only know on the day what the water state will be so be prepared if it is a bit choppy in places, we will have a 3 and 5 yr old on our boat so will be taking it gently in the rougher stuff
any folks with good local knowledge of particular areas on the trip please step forward as your knowledge will be good to share with others etc and leading the group on some of the legs