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Old 26 April 2012, 13:21   #11
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Cookee,
The pontoon is alongside at berth 14. If there is a strong north easterly or easterly it can be a bit bouncy there but ther is a new floating pontoon for visiting cruise ship lifeboats that I could try to get if such weather, although unlikely, is forecast.
Port St Mary is very nice but would not give you the same PR opportunities as Douglas, you need to get your Rotary contacts to start chasing up favours/sponsorship accommodation etc, etc. I can put up 4 at my place. I would try to avoid bringing the whole shore party over unless you get the Steam Packet to provide you with a special deal. Of course, it is up to you, just ask the questions!
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The pontoon is alongside at berth 14. If there is a strong north easterly or easterly it can be a bit bouncy there but ther is a new floating pontoon for visiting cruise ship lifeboats that I could try to get if such weather, although unlikely, is forecast.
Port St Mary is very nice but would not give you the same PR opportunities as Douglas, you need to get your Rotary contacts to start chasing up favours/sponsorship accommodation etc, etc. I can put up 4 at my place. I would try to avoid bringing the whole shore party over unless you get the Steam Packet to provide you with a special deal. Of course, it is up to you, just ask the questions!
The plan is for the shore party to head up north and miss this one out. Very kind offer of a bed for the night, Graham's sister lives there so I hope we can rely on her for a sofa as well so it looks like the accommodation is sorted! Just need to sort out the rest of it .............
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Good luck with it - if you need a bail out on the North Cornish leg we have room in the summer house for overnight emergency stays!!
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You would tie up along side one of the fishing boats, head to the bar and stay there. I aggree the PR oportunities may be better in Douglas but in my experiance if you have a good story they will come to you anyway, its not as if it is a big Island.
From Port St Mary its about 45 NM to Bangor then 130 NM to Fort William.
Thing you have to remember is that you have an extended period of Day light time up there in late June and If I remember the canal has long opening hours.

Leave PSM @ 10.00 arrive Bangor 11.30. Refuel, media and lunch (beer)
Leave Bangor 14.30 arrive 18.00 enter Canal and get through Neptunes Steps, Sleep (Beer) and transit the Canal the following day. Personaly I would go "Over the top" its so much easier. Heavy fuel in Puffin Divers, up and over to Scarbster, (active Rotary Club) Re-fuel and down to Finderhorn.Alan P
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You would tie up along side one of the fishing boats, head to the bar and stay there. I aggree the PR oportunities may be better in Douglas but in my experiance if you have a good story they will come to you anyway, its not as if it is a big Island.
From Port St Mary its about 45 NM to Bangor then 130 NM to Fort William.
Thing you have to remember is that you have an extended period of Day light time up there in late June and If I remember the canal has long opening hours.

Leave PSM @ 10.00 arrive Bangor 11.30. Refuel, media and lunch (beer)
Leave Bangor 14.30 arrive 18.00 enter Canal and get through Neptunes Steps, Sleep (Beer) and transit the Canal the following day. Personaly I would go "Over the top" its so much easier. Heavy fuel in Puffin Divers, up and over to Scarbster, (active Rotary Club) Re-fuel and down to Finderhorn.Alan P
All good points and if it was just a Jolly Port St Mary sounds like a great place to spend the night. I worked on a film based there a few years back and I drove a jet boat up the beach round the corner at Port Erin 9 times in a row whilst lying on the floor - my claim to fame on that film was being a stunt double for a bloke who played a Hobbit (in another movie). Sponsors and charities will be better served in Douglas than in a pub out of town I'm afraid so the decision is really out of my hands.

With regards to Bangor I'll leave that in as an option and see if our sponsors would like us to go there.

Treerat - that's a generous offer - where's the summer house?
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Treerat - that's a generous offer - where's the summer house?
In the garden

We live a few miles in land from Bude Haven, to give it it's full name. There are a few havens along the N Cornish coast as it does get pretty wild and there are very few real bail out options.

Newquay, Padstow / Rock, Port Issac, Boscastle, Bude are the only places to get in and hide, and then only if the tide is high enough and you can get through the surf lines.

Wouldn't be my first choice of accommodation as there are plenty of hotels in the area, and if you arrange it you could bring the boat into the inner harbour via the Bude Sea Lock (one of the last working ones in the UK) but if it goes wrong always handy to have in the back pocket.
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now your going from Swansea to Douglas, are you still going through Menai Straits, or around Holyhead?
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now your going from Swansea to Douglas, are you still going through Menai Straits, or around Holyhead?
Good question - I think we'll take that decision a bit nearer the time - it is out of the way but it won't add too much to the trip and may be worth the detour. How long is the speed limit zone there?
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Good question - I think we'll take that decision a bit nearer the time - it is out of the way but it won't add too much to the trip and may be worth the detour. How long is the speed limit zone there?
there may be a few on here who would like to get involved, guide you through the Swellies etc the speed limit is approx 1/2 mile in front of Port Dinorwic, takes around 5mins or so
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there may be a few on here who would like to get involved, guide you through the Swellies etc the speed limit is approx 1/2 mile in front of Port Dinorwic, takes around 5mins or so
OK - The biggest issue is predicting the arrival time from Swansea - We'll probably have a better idea on the night before when we've seen the forecast.
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