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Old 30 March 2010, 02:41   #141
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Nearly 800 hundred posts but we got there in the end

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Old 30 March 2010, 02:45   #142
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Pleasure I may even rock up to the sh!te site

Or maybe knot ever

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Old 30 March 2010, 02:49   #143
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Lol - you really don't like the idea of sheep poo do you - but it would be great if you can come down - I can then talk at you for the full two days all of which makes as much sense as my previous 800 posts

knot ever...... why knot???
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Old 30 March 2010, 16:03   #144
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Hi Jean
I'm hoping to get down for this run as well - but not in Dizzy - I think I have use of a 5 metre (ish) Zodiac 7 for the weekend as well as accomodation of a more solid type than a tent in Pembroke town centre.
I did a similar cruise last Easter in Dizzy and recommend Neyland as a good launching point, although in a smaller boat it is quite a run just down to Dale - especially if it's into a head wind and/or against the tide, which seemed to be most of the time!
Also from Dale it would be a trip in itself up to Lawrenny, and probably not worth it just for fuel - again especially in a smaller boat as it's about 10 miles up the estuary - but it would be a good trip anyway for the food at the Quayside if the weather makes going out of Milford Haven uninviting.
Here's the link to what we did last time: Pembroke Area Easter Cruising - 11th - 18th April
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Old 31 March 2010, 03:38   #145
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Hi Trev

Would be great if you can make it - and no worres if no RIB - you can also drive mine while I look at the scenery and relax - seriously though you would be more than welcome to play in ours
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Old 31 March 2010, 15:09   #146
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Given Jean's very honest admission to lack of local knowledge I will do my best to pass on some recommendations. The best way for me to do this is to tell you how I would spend my weekend if I was camping at Dale with a RIB on a trailer. My outfit is a Ribcraft 5.85/140 suzi on a twin axle trailer so I need a decent slip, those with a smaller outfit would have more scope for launching at Dale. I do hope o join you on the weekend but it will probably only be for one of the days.

Launching – I would not use Dale, it is a tight congested slipway and by the sound of the reply from the sailing club leaving the trailer anywhere in the vicinity of the slip would be problematic. I would tow the boat to Gelliswick or Neyland slip.

Neyland is a lovely wide slip that can be used at virtually any state of the tide but has limited parking for cars/trailers and is quite a bit further than Gelliswick from Dale.

The slip at Gelliswick is a nice wide slip and can be used for most of the tide, but gets much easier with more water. To launch my outfit there I need a minimum of 2.5m of tide which normally equates to a no go zone around 2 hrs either side of low water. There is loads of room to park cars/trailers in the area of the slip.

Wherever you go on your weekend it will be busy particularly with dive boats.

Personally for your weekend if I had an easy launching unit I would launch it each morning at Gelliswick when there is plenty of tide and recover at the other end of the day when there is plenty of tide. If I had an outfit that was more of a hassle to launch I would launch it at the start of the weekend, put it in the marina for a few nights and recover at the end of the weekend.

Be VERY aware of the tide times/tide curves because wherever you choose to launch and recover they will dictate your day out. The tides that weekend suit a morning launch and evening recovery but by the Monday I would not be able to recover until after 6.30pm which may not suit people with a journey home.

Fuel- don’t attempt to find fuel on the water, take Jerry cans and fill up on the trailer or in the marina. Take as much fuel as possible with you on a cruise because if the weather is good you can stack the mileage up quickly island hopping.

On the water – You really are in a perfect area for all levels of RIB. If you follow the river into the Haven you have safe calm waters to simply blast about or do some watersports. There are several jetties with pubs close by. If you head out to sea there are plenty of options. If you head to the North Skomer is around 10 miles run outside the Haven and is the classic cruise from the Haven, a picnic in South Haven amongst the puffins is hard to beat. For the more adventurous from there you can go through Jack sound, visit Ramsey, Bishops Rock, Grassholm, The Smalls, Skockholm etc. etc.

If you go South you can head along some beautiful rugged coast but this tends to be a longer more uncomfortable run to get anywhere significant.

Personally I generally head for Skomer because I can get there in most conditions from Gelliswick in around an hour (approx 20 mile run). I then anchor or potch about in South Haven have a whiff, assess the conditions and make a decision on what to do next. Needless to say everything should be driven by the conditions and peoples confidence and abilities.

All my own personal opinion based on my experiences of the area.
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Sound advice, woot.
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Thanks Woot - sounds like a good plan and reassuring to have such indepth detail - much appreciated - hopefully we can meet up with you over the weekend and I can buy you a beer as a thank you

Will sit down over Easter and look at the tide times and make a few suggested plans for everyone to consider

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This is the site/link I use for my planning

http://www.mobilegeographics.com:81/locations/3769.html
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Hi guys....

I've been watching the thread as it's develoiped and if we get chance (we are working that weekend) will try and pop over one evening to say hello....

Following on from Woots local advice mail (and at the risk of sounding like a tree hugger), just thought I'd flag up the Pembrokshire Marine Code website and in particular the guidance regarding agreed access restrictions, approach to wildlife and the maps showing the wildlife sensitive areas /speed restriction areas which all of the operators observe locally....the website also makes interesting reading regarding species you will encounter.

This isn't intended as a dampner in any way, but we are quite involved with local conservation groups and Trusts and know how sensitive the balance between us powerboaters and non boating wildlife observers can sometimes be....

http://www.pembrokeshiremarinecode.org.uk/

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