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Old 15 April 2009, 18:36   #141
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i might be the first to pull out.....i;m in hospital about to get a brain tumor op....releiving the boredom playing on the patientline web browser......still about 6 weeks to go so hopefully i;ll still be around to go...... been looking forward to this for ages. please excuse any spelling i can hardly see *uc* all.

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hi paul is that the gazelle hotel in the background do you launch from there looks a great place thinking of bookin a weekend there soon just wanted to know if you can launch from that slipway or is there some where near by
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i might be the first to pull out.....i;m in hospital about to get a brain tumor op....releiving the boredom playing on the patientline web browser......still about 6 weeks to go so hopefully i;ll still be around to go...... been looking forward to this for ages. please excuse any spelling i can hardly see *uc* all.

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Old 18 April 2009, 05:53   #148
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tony t - gazelle

yep, that's the gazelle, but you can't launch on the jetty as there is a post in the middle, drat!!. You can launch on the beach as there is access from the car park on the left in the picture. That is if you can get a small rib down the access road to the pub as it is a 180 turn off the road down to the pub, up to 5.5m probably and use a 4x4 on the beach. Best alternative is to launch from menai bridge slip, or beaumaris slip, menai is virtually fully tidal. They are half a mile either side of the pub. There is usually a bouy near ours free for a night, you could keep your eye on the boat from the window!! I am down there that full week end with friends and doing the round anglesey run on the sunday weather permitting so could run you to the mooring etc if you don't have a dinghy.

The pub/hotel is great in the summer, good food, good bar that understands boating, moor the boat on the jetty or the runners in front of the wall and scoop the ale while sitting on the wall. Hopefully see you around. Mail me if you want my mobile.
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The plan is to leave Conwy at 10 to 1030. After launching, can all boats head upriver 800 yards to Conwy Quay which is the departure point.

We'll be at the slip on Friday and early Saturday for anyone who needs help launching and Sunday evening for recovery. If recovering bigger boats at lowish water, it sometimes takes two trucks to pull them out.

Channel 8 for contact with myself or GED but any of the safety boats will answer to Mustang 1 to 4

The riverbed is sand and stone so back up well away from the trailer before turning. Also beware of the pontoon just yards upriver from the slip. If the current is strong, it's easy to get swept into it if you're slow getting off the trailer.

Can every one arrive with full tanks as there will be no time to fill up in the Marina unless you launch early. Obviously, with a lot of boats to get in, launching needs to be quick and efficent.

The HM has asked us to give regard to the local boats launching. Speed limit in the river is 8 knots.

When we leave the river, we'll be going straight out over the sands which can only be done at high water. All other times you need to use the buoyed channel.

It's then a straight line to Douglas with no hazards enroute apart from the odd ferry. There will be a lead boat and two sweeper boats. If we're on time and all in order, we'll do a rolling start poker run style.

If anyone needs fuel in Douglas, let me know how much by pm.

All we need now is the right weather. If the weather is bad, we'll probably go down the straits for a feast somewhere.

If anyone who wants to go but is boatless, let me know and I'll try and fix something up.
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Old 18 April 2009, 19:11   #150
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I hate to ask again but I am not familiar with Conwy and the names given are not clear on Google Earth.
I assume the launching point is the large parking area and slip a few yards north west of "beacons jetty?" Is this also the parking area when we are away?
I also can't find a clearly marked place called Conwy quay, is it somewhere distinctive?
Where in Douglas, exactly, are we mooring up as it looks like there are a number of pontoons etc?
If we need fuel in Douglas is it pontoon based or is there a petrol station that we can take tanks to?
And last (finally he says) what are the minibus arrangements talked about to get to the racecourse, anything needed from us now re places costs etc?
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