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Old 17 July 2009, 15:00   #51
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Those are typical conditions for the Bristol Channel - bloody place!!!
Its great fun though! went out from ilfracombe last summer and the waves were breaking up the harbour slip after rolling along the harbour wall,
the missus decided she didnt like boats and demanded to be put ashore with the sprog, i dropped them off and went back out for a play in the waves, when in the troughs 500 yards out you couldnt see land and you know how high the cliffs are in ilfracombe.
the wavelength is a lot longer than the solent short chop though, but even so managed to get get the boat completley airborne at probably 12 knots. Hilarious fun but very tiring. even the jetskiers had given up, there wasnt even a breath of wind I guess the waves are created hundereds of miles off in the atlantic and get bigger as the get into shallow water and funnel up the channel?
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Old 17 July 2009, 15:13   #52
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even the jetskiers had given up,
And that is saying something
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Old 17 July 2009, 15:47   #53
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some people playing with RIBs in Germany. Sorry, audio is in German.



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the wavelength is a lot longer than the solent short chop though, but even so managed to get get the boat completley airborne at probably 12 knots. Hilarious fun but very tiring. even the jetskiers had given up, there wasnt even a breath of wind I guess the waves are created hundereds of miles off in the atlantic and get bigger as the get into shallow water and funnel up the channel?
That's exactly what happens. If you look at the map you will see the waves are funnelled between Ireland and Cornwall and then hit us.
The Lougher/Burry estuary is even worse!!!

I agree though in some ways I would prefer 30' Atlantic rollers than the horrible solent chop!!!

I have found the jetskiers always give up before I do - try to get them to play but they will have none of it!!!
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That's exactly what happens. If you look at the map you will see the waves are funnelled between Ireland and Cornwall and then hit us.
The Lougher/Burry estuary is even worse!!!

I agree though in some ways I would prefer 30' Atlantic rollers than the horrible solent chop!!!

I have found the jetskiers always give up before I do - try to get them to play but they will have none of it!!!
hee hee that what i thought .............Poofs!!
it was horrible coming back in to ilfracombe though i was taking in water over the stern and stuffing at the same time while the throttle was as far forward as it would go!!! the wavelength must have been 5.4m thank god for teleflump trunks! dread to think what would have happened in my old microplus 502
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That's exactly what happens. If you look at the map you will see the waves are funnelled between Ireland and Cornwall and then hit us.
The North Atlantic swell provides Cornwall with its 65m a year surfing industry. Not too much 'funnelling' on this side though.
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We went out last Sunday afternoon, and was quite surprised not to see too many other people out on the water.
Just wondered how rough it needs to be to put most people off.
Hi BrAinz
We were one of the relatively few out on the Solent last week as well - I think it was a force 4 gusting 5? Whilst it was choppy I think it was probably "perfect" ribbing conditions, as if it's too smooth you spend all your time looking for wake.
However - we went out again this afternoon (Sunday) - from the Hamble out of Southampton water and up towards Yarmouth, back to Cowes, down towards Porstmouh and back to the Hamble.
It was as SW force 7 gusting 8 (according to the guys at Hamble Point marina) and the only other ribs we saw out all afternoon were the ones from SeaStart!
Whilst last week was great, this afternoon was hard going - fun, but by the time we got back to the Hamble we were drenched and exhausted!
Did you venture out this weekend so you can compare it to last week?
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Old 19 July 2009, 17:13   #59
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No.. Was working this weekend so didn't get a chance to go out

As you say, last week was probably good "fun" conditions, our only issue is that we are new to ribbing, so still finding our feet. The rib is brand new, and quite a different beast to our Jetskis.

Can't wait to get out next weekend hopefully, and get some more experience.
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rough stuff - crew

Chris - I'd be up for crewing on a trip, not sure where you are based?

Give me a PM and we could swap numbers..

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