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Old 24 October 2009, 09:18   #1
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Autumn inter-island trips

I had a good run down to Jersey yesterday, there was a fairly big swell of up to 4m from the west but Guern and Sark provided good shelter from that. Not so much shelter from the occasional squall though.

The original plan was to head into St Aubin, but the big sea on the west coast was off putting to say the least, so I diverted to Goury.

Not bad for the time of year.
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there was a fairly big swell of up to 4m from the west
mind you would love to know what playing in 4m swells was like - just not sure I'd want to be the driver

Sounds like interesting fun Malthouse

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mind you would love to know what playing in 4m swells was like - just not sure I'd want to be the driver
Well 4m was the biggest and only then in between Sark and Jersey, it was fairly unpleasant and I was glad that I had the shelter of the north coast to look forward too.

Certainly not a sea I would be in if it were not for a very good reason.
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Blowing a hoolie wasn't it? Are you mad? Certainly wouldn't have fancied going around Corbiere in that, so wise choice to go to Gorey. The swell along the south coast can be fun though. Very long wavelength, but huge rise from peak to trough, one minute you see land, the next you don't. What sort of speed did you make?
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Not mad, it is half term.

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Certainly wouldn't have fancied going around Corbiere in that, so wise choice to go to Gorey.
Yeah, it was a fairly simple decision. There were some big breakers and it would have meant weaving east over that pesky reef and then wide of the headland.

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... huge rise from peak to trough, one minute you see land, the next you don't.
I know what you mean! About halfway I thought I was the only boat at sea when I heard, loud and very clear, two boats chatting on the VHF. Could I see them? No hope, there were always an innumerable number of waves between us and they were all higher than my POV. My horizon was the distance to the next/last 7th wave.

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Better than my worst ever!

Average was 16kn, but spent the majority of time at 11-14kn. Just barely on the plane so as not to get any air but keeping the ride fairly high and lots of power ready at a split second's notice.

Wort nightmare in a sea like that is any semi submerged "floating" obstruction, there is no way of seeing what is out there and RADAR is decorative.

PS You about for a sunday beer?
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Yep, should be. Will pm you my number so you can text or phone.
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