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Old 24 December 2006, 18:50   #1
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On a different point

Hello Stephan,

I notice you are from Islas Malvinas.....AKA.

Do tell us about them. I would love to hear about what you do, whatthe seas are like, have you ever travelled south to the horn.

Have you ever been asked to mention a bit about where you come from.

The only thing I know about the Falklands is compliments of Mrs Thatcher.

That seems like eons ago to us but maybe not so for many.

Not my place to call but it did seem a bit overboard.

Do tell us and pics..
(may not get back to you until mid Jan as I am away).
Happy Christmas,,,, AJ
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Old 27 December 2006, 16:48   #2
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I was thinking about this the otherday take a look at -

http://www.falklandislands.com/

http://www.falklandislandsholidays.com/default.htm
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I am just waiting with bated breath to see what Mr. Luxton has to say on the matter.....
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I think he might be ignoring it because they aren't called islas malvinas.
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Old 28 December 2006, 09:04   #5
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I think he might be ignoring it because they aren't called islas malvinas.
I think he might be right ^^^ as somebody who got arrested and kicked out of my own country in 1982 I don't recognise that name. I did read the post actually, but didn't have time to reply and then I never got around to going back.

Also check out www.visitorfalklands.com that is the most up to date site.

If anybody from RIBnet is heading this way give me a shout. One of these days I might even be able to offer a trip in a boat

Where to start on "what's the place like". A lot of common info on climate, government, countryside, getting here etc can be found on the above websites so I won't repeat that lot, but any specific questions then fire away!

As far as ribbing goes it's good and bad I guess. No chance of RIB raid style meetings as there are probably only a dozen or so in the whole of the islands, I know of 4 others in town, one is a Humber 6m dive boat (thought it was a Destroyer but last time I looked at it I decided it was probably an Ocean Pro as the hull is different). This one is only used commercially so rarely see it out when I am out. No. 2 is a Destroyer same as mine except yellow, a few years older and also with major tube diseases (UV related I think), though it is still airtight, and no. 3 is as yet unidentified, only seen it once and not sure who owns it. No. 4 is an Avon something or other. There's a couple at the military base belonging to the MOD dive clubs, and a handful of them scattered around the Camp (what we call the countryside i.e. all the farms). Few of the ones in here see much use at all, never understood anybody who owns a boat and never uses it! There are a few yachts around though these also seem to spend most of their time tied to dry land, and a few small commercial vessels, Halmatic type launches about 12-15m size range, mostly used for inshore vessel agent work, customs etc.

The plus side is that there is a whole lot of sea out there, basically nothing apart from basic anti collision regulations, and as long as you are not behaving like a complete prick and do something dangerous in the vicinity of another vessel, basically you can get on and do whatever you want.

The minus side is that if you break down it's highly unlikely that somebody will be along any time soon, and the only search and rescue facility is a helicopter which is for life-threatening emergency only - and then only if you can raise the alarm, mobile phones work a little way out from Stanley but that only covers about 10 miles of coastline, which is why I was quite keen to get an aux engine Another minus is that it is usually very windy and that limits the days that you can travel any distance without getting bloody cold and wet, 20-25 kt is not at all uncommon and it gets very wearing after a while if you are plugging into that. The wind can get up very quickly too, from 5kt to 25kt in quarter of an hour with little warning so it doesn't pay to get over confident in how far you go because the coastline is mostly filled with nothing so its not as if you can just pop into a harbour and tie up for shelter or leave the boat and come back another day, basically you need to get home again at the end of the day!

For those reasons I wouldn't consider any type of offshore voyage because there are some pretty big seas around and basically if you got into trouble, you'd be up a certain creek without a certain instrument. Cape Horn is probably about 500 miles from here I think so not within easy reach!

Best time to come is between November and Feb/March (our summer, obviously!) and Feb is generally reckoned to be the best month weather-wise.

Me, well I'm a fifth generation Genuine Benny, great great grandfather came here in the Royal Marines and liked the place so was demobbed here, and the family has been here since 1862/63. Grew up on the family farm, then 150,000 acres of moorland running about 27,000 sheep, now a bit smaller than that, around 97,000 acres. Good Land Rover country! which is what I do for a day job, that and working part time for one of the oil companies exploring offshore, www.fogl.co.uk if you want to have a look at that.
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Old 28 December 2006, 09:22   #6
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My mates parents visited last year on the QE2 - they said it was even bleaker than the Brecon Beacons - more like the Epynt or the Black Mountains - difference is you go offroading anywhere like that in the UK and good old Tony will have a Police helicopter after you(seriously)!!!

Really would love to visit - will do one day when I get myself a nice sailing boat. Think it's a bit far for the RIB!!!
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Old 28 December 2006, 10:15   #7
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Really would love to visit - will do one day when I get myself a nice sailing boat. Think it's a bit far for the RIB!!!
Don't be a skinflint, if you can afford a 28 metre long RIB you can afford the air fare

A good option is to combine some time here with time in Chile and do Macchu Piccu or the Galapagos or something like that, either on the way down or on the way back. Getting to South America is the bulk of the cost in the air fare. Of course there is somewhere a bit closer to here, forget the name, but I've met some of them and I wouldn't recommend their company - really not very friendly bunch...
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The Falklands was always a place I wanted to visit. Dunno why, guess I like bleak places as my other favourite spot is Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. And of course I moved to Newfoundland, which I imagine in places is pretty similar to the Falklands. (Lots of rock, bog, cliffs and coves but perhaps more trees).

Whilst I haven't made it to the Falklands I did visit Buenos Airies several times on business back in the late 90's. Have to say despite the history and the large sign by the side of the freeway near the airport saying 'Las Malvinas son neustas (sp), I found the people to be incredibly friendly and welcoming. BA is a beautiful city in parts and looks much like Paris. And of course the steak is sublime and the women beautiful. They like the British too as a pal of mine who worked out there for a couple of years ended up marrying his Spanish teacher. (who is now a British citizen.)

Mind you if I'dve been living in the Falklands in 82' I'd probably feel like you do Stephen. It was a fascinating period of history with the sending of a task force halfway around the globe being a pretty fantastic 'British' thing to do. Shame that these days we wouldn't have enough ships (RN or Merchant marine) to do it. I can commend Sandy Woodwards book '100 days' as a good read on the subject.
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Old 28 December 2006, 11:21   #9
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I forgot to mention in the "minuses" that there is nobody here who is an agent or even an expert in

1) Tube repairs (everybody has probably guessed that...)
2) GRP repairs
3) Outboard motor repairs or maintenance

So you either do it yourself or go without.

Hence my new signature
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yus itt woz butt mistir lukston wazunt arownd att de tyme onn accownt ov de arjis banishin im owt ov de iyslands beecuz hee woz regardid az a terrerorist thret. hee woz froggmarchid too de neerest ayrpawt an towld too fuk orf (inn spannish).

bein a eighht yeer owld freadom fiter iz a tuff lyfe


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