Question for GingerCoastie - or any other coasties realy!
On the isles of Scilly on the Harbour Masters wall was an interesting chart with all ship movements plotted on it, I think covering a month. It showed the Scillies and Lands End area. You could clearly sea most of the traffic was down the shipping lanes and the various trips to and from Scilly itself. I found it quite interesting.
I've also seen articles in the news section of the MCA website of prosecutions for people travelling the wrong way down the traffic seperation schemes. Obviously the fishing boat - or whatever was tracked by the coastguard and then procecuted.
On Monday there was also a small fishing boat in Falmouth bay towing another fishing boat calling "Large Red Container Ship this is Fishing boat XXX you are about to colide with me" when he got no answer he called the CG and almost immediately the CG called the ship by name and got a (broken English) reply. (They did then change course!!)
So, I'm intreged to know if I'm being tracked - could you see 4 ribs on the way back from the Scillys on Monday? I'm just interested to see if my new Radar reflector is any use at all!!
ps Look out for the Pride of Bristol leaving Scillies later in the week, they've already drank The Mermaid dry of the local brew "Scuppered" and had arranged for a brewery tour today!! - Worse than the BIBOA lot