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Old 04 December 2006, 13:33   #11
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Well, it was pretty rough yesterday morning so I took a trip down to St Anns to watch the Gerd Knutsen leave the Haven. Have attached a few pics of her - one on a calm day, so you can see her size against one of the Svitzer tugs in the Haven, and then the other 3 as she left yesterday. On quite a few occasions, her prop was well clear of the water, and infact it took her 20mins to cover about 5 boat lengths. Unfortunately, it started raining quite hard as things started to get quite lively
At the time, the swell had dropped to just on 6 metres, so it was pretty calm compared to earlier in the day.

edit: oh, Codprawn, there were some people more brave than you out on the weekend from Swansea - Rowers, without engines Check the MCGA Website....

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Old 04 December 2006, 13:45   #12
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Hi Stephan, you should have reported person in RIB with kits without life jackets I think.
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Bloody idiots - rowing boats in this weather??? I would have taken the RIB out in the Bristol Channel on Sunday - quite tame compared to the Burry Estuary.

"Steve Jones, Swansea Coastguard Watch Manager said
This situation has us baffled. Given the weather conditions that were sweeping through the area at the time and in common with the rest of the country with gale force winds and high seas, we are somewhat at a loss why they put to sea in the first place. Seemingly they went with the tide and given the strength of the gales they couldnt turn against the wind which then blew them into shallower water."
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Old 04 December 2006, 16:59   #14
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Hi Stephan, you should have reported person in RIB with kits without life jackets I think.
Polwart has already replied

Not really anybody here that would be too bothered - and anyway its a small place to be a snitch even if I did feel the inclination. To put it into context it was a nearly calm day and they were only doing about 18-20 knots so in all probability the risks were low but I wouldn't have been happy to be one of their parents even so.
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Old 05 December 2006, 16:35   #15
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Why do we in Wales always have the worst bloody weather??? Not only is Swansea officially the wettest in Britain but it seems to me we get the highest winds as well.
Don't think so, see this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southwest...es/derek.shtml

Snowdonia has over 3000mm
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Old 05 December 2006, 17:53   #16
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Why do we in Wales always have the worst bloody weather???
Depends what you define as worst, and who you are comparing it to?

Statistically I think you will find that in general much of the west coast of scotland is:
  • wetter than most of wales
  • colder than most of wales
  • gets less sunshine than most of wales
  • and a little windier than some of wales
But you do get more thunder.

And whilst most of the UK had higher than average rainfall in Sep-Nov 06 Wales actually had "normal" rainfall.

Appologies to VisitScotland for any damage to scottish tourism.

However the answer to your question - why is the weather in wales "crap" - is simple - geography. The solution is simple too: If you don't like it - move!
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Old 05 December 2006, 18:03   #17
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Don't think so, see this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southwest...es/derek.shtml

Snowdonia has over 3000mm
Sorry - left out the word CITY!!!
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Old 05 December 2006, 18:05   #18
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Depends what you define as worst, and who you are comparing it to?

Statistically I think you will find that in general much of the west coast of scotland is:
  • wetter than most of wales
  • colder than most of wales
  • gets less sunshine than most of wales
  • and a little windier than some of wales
But you do get more thunder.

And whilst most of the UK had higher than average rainfall in Sep-Nov 06 Wales actually had "normal" rainfall.

Appologies to VisitScotland for any damage to scottish tourism.

However the answer to your question - why is the weather in wales "crap" - is simple - geography. The solution is simple too: If you don't like it - move!
Nice to know there are some worse places - dunno about the wind though - I check it every day as I am paranoid about my boat and the storms always seem to hit us harder - as they are south Westerlies most of the time Scotland gets a bit of shelter from Ireland.

At least in the summer we don't get any bloody midges!!!
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Old 06 December 2006, 03:47   #19
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Nice to know there are some worse places - dunno about the wind though - I check it every day as I am paranoid about my boat and the storms always seem to hit us harder - as they are south Westerlies most of the time Scotland gets a bit of shelter from Ireland.

At least in the summer we don't get any bloody midges!!!
Ireland will only afford protection from a SW as far north as Fort William.

The only wind figures I could find quickly were averages over a long period of time (I think 1970-2000) and so it is possible you have had it worse since you acquired your boat.
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Ireland will only afford protection from a SW as far north as Fort William.

The only wind figures I could find quickly were averages over a long period of time (I think 1970-2000) and so it is possible you have had it worse since you acquired your boat.

A lot depends on where the weather stations are located - obviously the top of Ben Nevis will give a higher reading than on the coast.
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