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Old 14 March 2005, 10:21   #11
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Not sure why people are presuming I am going on a solo crossing, or that I do not have a compass, or that I havent already been around the IOW (which I havent - but I have been as far round as Ventnor - I had wanted to go all the way round but I do not know how much fuel I consume.

So far we have 3 lads, 2 dive sets, 3 sleeping bags and a tent ------ oh and did I mention some beer. Plan is to cross to St Mary's for 1 night then off for a nights camping on a remote island, dive with some seals drink some beer and come home.

I will keep you all posted about my progress and hopefully post some pics.

This is also a trial trip before I take the chick and 5 year old to Aldeney for the May day holiday.
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Old 14 March 2005, 10:27   #12
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I have a trip to St Vaast during the bank holiday at the start of May if you fancy a trip in company. It's about 85nm from Poole.

They have Petrol in the marina.

Search on this site for Scillies trips as there is some info about getting petrol in St Mary's.

Cheers

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Old 14 March 2005, 10:42   #13
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Not sure why people are presuming I am going on a solo crossing, or that I do not have a compass, or that I havent already been around the IOW .........So far we have 3 lads.............
Sorry Rob when I said go with someone else I meant another boat. I did make the assumption about not have a compass because you didnít mention it. Have you done a navigation course? Des
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Old 14 March 2005, 11:30   #14
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I have not done a nav course - but I am whizz with multimap.co.uk
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Old 14 March 2005, 12:07   #15
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Nice Boat Rob

Multimap your having a larf! just use the AA book of the road like everyone else.

Mark Wildeys a good skipper and has a lot of experience I'd take him up on his offer
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Its a done deal, I will take the lads to Scillies @ Easter for a trail run. And go down to St Vaast with Mark for May Bank holiday.

I will keep you all posted as to my progress.
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You're obviously pretty determined to do this trip, and the odds are you'll be fine.

Don't be too determined though, and be prepared to give it a miss if the weather isn't good. There are plenty of other cruising options in Cornwall.

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If you are really going to go , then make sure you have enough Flares and spares, and safety equipment complete a CG66 form that you should have been given when you did your VHF course ( you have done one i hope) tell the Coastguard your passage plan and ETA . Try and cruise in company if possible with someone who is experienced .Also try a few shakedown cruises to test your navigation without GPS
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