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Old 09 June 2009, 07:29   #311
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The only downside to the weekend was the loss of my beloved Balaclava which was last seen going down the A55 at height of 6' 6'' above sea level.

I beleive it now lives in Brighton.
You make that sound like a bad thing. I think it will be very happy here and seems to be settling in nicely.
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Old 09 June 2009, 08:05   #312
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Just like to add my thanks to all for the organising, its a pity we never actually got to see you all as we were tucked away on Anglesey at the Gazelle.

The weather did improve a little on Sunday afternoon; we made it down the straits, past Canaervon and about 3-4 miles round the coast before the chop picked up. So the journey was not all wasted.

(Note to others there is a 5 knot limit on some parts of the straits, we got a very nice telling off though :-) )

Deffo up for a return trip if this comes off again
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hi thanks to dave and jed for a great weekend. carnt wait till next one.from josh tracey and paul thanks to ian for loan of battery glad you got it back cheers mate. hope next gathering is as good hope to see you all soon cheers
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thanks to ian for loan of battery glad you got it back cheers mate.
Thanks Paul for dropping it back so soon, you didn't need to go out of your way to drop it in. Cheers
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You make that sound like a bad thing. I think it will be very happy here and seems to be settling in nicely.

i'd be careful of the 'MASK' syndrome. that Ballaclava has done more bank jobs than you've had hot Catherine Wheels
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Old 12 June 2009, 18:17   #316
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(Note to others there is a 5 knot limit on some parts of the straits, we got a very nice telling off though :-) )
Is there? we did the complete straits at 25knots on wednesday apart from slowing down once passing some canoeists

We are just back and the missus is still giving me gyp about the return trip coming back saturday as we weren't aware conditions would quite as rough, at one point near Puffin Island the breaking waves were over 10-12ft high and steep which was a bit too exciting for her. In fact I hadn't realised that not everyone made it over and not everyone made it back untill we were back or that we were the second smallest boat there.........
We did the circumnavigation of Angelsey on wednesday but conditions were still a bit rough around the north of the island.
We have had some thoughts about next year and due to the distances am going to plan coming from Galloway and meeting up in Douglas if the NWribbers are coming from Conwy. It is much closer to Scotland and the distance across is about half so it may attract more of the "scottish contingent" next time.
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Yep speed limit all the way past port Dinorwic marked by some yellow buoys.

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We are just back and the missus is still giving me gyp about the return trip coming back saturday as we weren't aware conditions would quite as rough, at one point near Puffin Island the breaking waves were over 10-12ft high and steep which was a bit too exciting for her. In fact I hadn't realised that not everyone made it over and not everyone made it back untill we were back or that we were the second smallest boat there.........
Bruce - not surprised - grown men on our boat admitted to being quite "scared" at that point (although they claim the waves were 20ft!). We also didn't realise that not everyone was returning until we got back to Conwy. The last time we saw you was in those waves of Puffin Island, and John commented on how well your boat was handling. Its a credit to both the boat and the skippers for anyone who made that return journey!
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I always like to underestimate rather than exaggerate I know that for about 10 mins off Puffin Island it got a bit too exciting for me as well where waves were higher than the length of the boat (which is a shade over 19ft!) and very steep where it took a bit of work to make sure we didn't get turned over. We did the last part from the Island to the fairway entrance at approx 6.5knots as we just couldn't go any faster without launching into the air off the crests.
I have been told conditions were slightly less inshore but without knowing the area too well I was trying to keep to deeper water hoping the waves would be smaller and not breaking as the seabed was getting shallower. We weren't the furthest out though, at least one RIB was a good 1/2 mile further out than us.
I have been out in larger seas further out but not in a RIB, its usually something a lot larger and with liferafts and safety boats larger than the RIB.
I did try and push buying a bigger RIB while we were in the middle of it but she changed her mind once we got to shore later
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Since we didn't get over this year I have had a look at next years plans, I don't give up easily!
We will be going over from Isle Of Whithorn area and, if there is a meet duplicating this years plans from Conwy, meeting up on the IOM.
Since this is a much less ambitious trip for us all north of the border in trailing and sea distances I think it may appeal more to some of the Scottish contingent than going all the way to Wales.
If anybody is interested in principle let me know so I can gauge interest.
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