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Old 02 December 2006, 21:47   #1
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Bloody windy 79mph

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.

Just checked http://www.xcweather.co.uk/

79mph at Pembrey sands - that's 1 mile from my boat!!!

It is really rough tonight - and we have had ONE day without rain in the whole of November.
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Old 03 December 2006, 00:28   #2
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Just been down to check on my boat - yes at 4am - couldn't sleep knowing what the weather was like. Didn't help it was a high tide as well.

I can honestly say I have never seen rain so bad - hit one squall on the M4 that totally blinded me - had to come to a stop for a few seconds - it was like driving through a waterfall.

Fortunately all was fine but what a sight - wouldn't fancy anyone's chances out in that tonight. Storm force 11 or 12 - 26ft waves - the sea really did look evil. The waves were breaking over the harbour wall itself - never seen it that bad before.

Wind has dropped a bit now - looks like Plymouth and the South Coast are getting it pretty bad as well.

Just looked - 81kts at Seven Stones - that is a hurricane I believe.......
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Old 03 December 2006, 05:28   #3
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The Met Office seem to think that Pembrey Sands had a 99mph gust of wind in the early hrs of this morning - I'm more inclined to believe them rather than XC Weather, since they probably receive the original weather information.

We hit a pretty tame 72mph at Milford, probably since we're in sheltered waters with land all around. I doubt the weather buoy off Turbot Bank had accurate readings, since it will have been sitting in the troughs of quite a reasonable swell lastnight

I trust you are taking the boat out for a spin today Codprawn? - The wind combined with water would make a good pressure washer for the hull I reckon.

Interestingly, the Irish Ferry left lastnight around 1630hrs and went straight into the bad weather - now that is one trip that would have been great fun.

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Old 03 December 2006, 09:36   #4
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XC weather get live feeds from all sorts of places - it is aimed at pilots really. The pembrey sands site is the missile range I assume.

99mph - missed that one - prob when I went down there!!! Even I wouldn't go out in a RIB in what I saw last night. Really was horrific. The trip on the ferry would have been fun though!!!
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Old 03 December 2006, 16:52   #5
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Well it was about 5 kt here today (very unusual) and I have just got back from six hours ribbing, both of us a little pink and completely knackered but a fine day out, did about 60 miles in total at a rough guess from the map, longest trip yet and spent a while messing around with anchoring and with the aux engine to run it in a bit more.

Also saw a guy I know with about six or seven kids out in another RIB, not a lifejacket on one of them...

And the port side tube is f***ed again
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Interestingly, the Irish Ferry left lastnight around 1630hrs and went straight into the bad weather - now that is one trip that would have been great fun.

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Old 03 December 2006, 17:16   #7
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Well it was about 5 kt here today (very unusual) and I have just got back from six hours ribbing, both of us a little pink and completely knackered but a fine day out, did about 60 miles in total at a rough guess from the map, longest trip yet and spent a while messing around with anchoring and with the aux engine to run it in a bit more.

Also saw a guy I know with about six or seven kids out in another RIB, not a lifejacket on one of them...

And the port side tube is f***ed again
Sounds like a great day out. I WAS tempted to go out today but full of Flu and feel like death so prob not a good idea - still very rough but winds have dropped to about 60 or 70 now. Sea looks no worse today than the last time I went out for a bit of rough!!!
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Gusting at 100 MPH here on Saturday Night , Rearanged the boat park but no damage.
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Went up to Tarbert at Loch Fyne late afternoon on Saturday (about 35 miles). Headed back yesterday morning, a bit of a jabble . Recon it was gusting F10 at one point at Inchmarnock when a squall came through with 3m+ waves. Only other boat we saw was the Arran Ferry heading to Gourock all other ferries were off.

Had a WAFFI with us that had just came back from his second round the world sail, he loved it but said that he had never seen such short steep waves, welcome to the Clyde .

I decided to take a camera with me for some pictures......................only I forgot to check it had a Flash Card . One again the Redbay performed faultlessly and never took one directly over the bow................although she did take a few over her side at Ardlamont where you get the depth going from around 175m to 23m and the waves starting to stand.

Did both runs in the dry of the shelter......no oilskins required.
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Well it was about 5 kt here today (very unusual) and I have just got back from six hours ribbing, both of us a little pink and completely knackered but a fine day out, did about 60 miles in total at a rough guess from the map, longest trip yet and spent a while messing around with anchoring and with the aux engine to run it in a bit more.

Also saw a guy I know with about six or seven kids out in another RIB, not a lifejacket on one of them...

And the port side tube is f***ed again
Hi Stephan, you should have reported person in RIB with kits without life jackets I think.

Hi Guys, its that bad here in Galway west of Ireland too. Whats with the 26ft waves, they are tiddlers... come look at the atlantic the white caps ar 26 ft.

There is nop boat big enough for me to be out in this weather.
Did play 14 holes of Golf on Sat though (window in weather)

Hate to be on that ferry ....PUKE!.......
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