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Old 29 June 2012, 07:54   #121
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you DO exist, I thought the name Kennett was some pony computer name made up for emails e.t.c. as it seems to appear everywhere

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Old 29 June 2012, 09:38   #122
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You mean you've found an avatar for Willk, as it looks like him heading back from the pub!
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Old 02 July 2012, 06:30   #123
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We made it back to Salcombe by road from Portsmouth yesterday - more crap weather than you can shake a stick at. Full story and photos to come very soon!
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Old 02 July 2012, 06:37   #124
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you have been very unlucky with the weather, I hope that the charities you are supporting have benefitted from all your sterling efforts, a big well done for 'getting around'
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Old 02 July 2012, 07:56   #125
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I was looking at your tracker on Saturday and was chatting to Mrs Silverfox, saying how horribly disappointed you must be. I was gutted not to see you come through the Straits, but to have a whole week / 10 days nearly written off in the middle of summer, is a real real shame.

As soon as you let us know how to donate, my fuel cost for the Saturday you charged up the M6 will be pledged.

Better luck with Cowes / Monaco....
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Old 02 July 2012, 08:43   #126
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Mini non official report to be going on (if you are not happy Cookee just phone me and I will delete).

SR4 phoned me to let me know Grimsby To Chatham leg was being auctioned on ebay and it sounded like a great idea.

I put my bid in and won it for 102

I watched weather and progress followed progress, this site being the most up to date.

The weather was foul, the team clearly had a rough time both at sea and teh land based support crew (got stuck in southshields tunnel for over an hour on one leg).
Only committed dedication kept them going .

I was amazed when they arrived at Grimsby , early hours in the morning after driving through the night.

They managed a great welcome and immediately made me feel part of the team.

The press were there to take photos and a representative from the local hospice arrived to collect a cheque .

The Banana Shark was launched and following a short delay for the lock gates to open we were off...........

5 knots to start with, then rev both engines to 3000 and then drop the props in.

I can only describe it as revving a toy car to max and then dropping it so it speeds off at full.

Instant acceleration, truly awesome.

Out of the Humber and it was getting bumpy, I would have been turning round for home @ 10-17 knots but these guys were still going for it 40-50 mph on the gps.

I managed to take a short video on my phone which I attached (hopefully).

As we headed out of the relativity sheltered Humber it got a lot rougher, they were concerned that help is at least 2 hours away when you are off the wash , usualy when racing there are divers standing by in RIBs but not so here so they decided it was safer to turn around and head back.
At this stage is was far too rough to attempt to video sea state.

On return I checked the met office old RAF Donna nook weather station and it was F6 gusting 8 ( 45mph) 1200 -1300 gmt which was about the time we turned around .

I set up a justgiving page in an attempt to raise extra funds for Grimsby hospice here.

Here is the .

Out of a scale of 10 the enjoyment factor was 110..............way off scale

Please let me know cookee if you are not happy with me sharing this, I am happy to remove it.
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Cookee,
intended to be out on the boat to photograph you on Sunday but (wisely) left it on the trailer and took the long walk down to Hurst to catch you come through there.It was soon clear from conditions there( and the wind just kept picking up) that i might not be seeing you.The radio traffic from the yachties made it clear that there were some dramas happening.Conditions out in Christchurch /Bournemouth Bay reminded me of CTC 2 years ago so you will know more than me what Lyme bay might have been like.
I,ve attached a few photos taken at Hurst that because the sun is out do not do the conditions justice !
I think you all deserve a medal and if it was me i would now be sleeping for a week
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Old 03 July 2012, 04:16   #128
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you have been very unlucky with the weather, I hope that the charities you are supporting have benefitted from all your sterling efforts, a big well done for 'getting around'
We made it to all but one of the stops which was the Douglas one and they are getting a cheque in the post, it's just a shame we had to put it on the trailer at all!

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Silverfox I was looking at your tracker on Saturday and was chatting to Mrs Silverfox, saying how horribly disappointed you must be. I was gutted not to see you come through the Straits, but to have a whole week / 10 days nearly written off in the middle of summer, is a real real shame.

As soon as you let us know how to donate, my fuel cost for the Saturday you charged up the M6 will be pledged.

Better luck with Cowes / Monaco....
That's very generous I'll let you know later today. We still did over 850 miles but that's a small part of the 2000 miles we had planned! Cowes Torquay next on August Bank Holiday.

Pete - Glad you could come and have a taste of what it's like on board. The real issue was visibility, we could cope with the weather where we were but the amount of water coming over the windscreen was just too much and it was only going to get worse - of course we had everyone's safety in mind which left us no choice - sometimes the hardest choice to make is when to turn around .............

Robox - Yes it was tough and having spent the evening with Alan Priddy and looking at all of the weather forecasts the boat didn't even go in the water between Dover and Salcombe, it's still raining here and it was never going to be sensible to even try and get out.

Still writing the story - should get the report on here later today with some cracking photos!
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Old 03 July 2012, 04:35   #129
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I know this is a ridiculous suggestion for racing most of the time but if the roof above the helms windscreen had an aluminium plate glassed in to touch the w/s then one of these could be screwed on for rough days and removed 90% of the time, just need to bung the hole when not in use and leave two wires taped to the cieling.

Cant help but think in certain conditions a wiper may provide a useful advantage.
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I know this is a ridiculous suggestion for racing most of the time but if the roof above the helms windscreen had an aluminium plate glassed in to touch the w/s then one of these could be screwed on for rough days and removed 90% of the time, just need to bung the hole when not in use and leave two wires taped to the cieling.

Cant help but think in certain conditions a wiper may provide a useful advantage.
The salt water would destroy the windscreen in minutes - that would only work with glass ........... We have a fresh water spray which we could fit if dried salt on the screen ever became a problem but it hasn't yet!
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