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Old 29 October 2001, 16:35   #11
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Thanks Garygee...

The area sounds like a must see...

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Old 30 October 2001, 03:12   #12
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I'v been through the Menai Straits.........

in my RIB as part of a circumnavigation of Anglesey. Its very spectacular scenery.

I can't recall what state of the tide we went through in .... trip was organised by a friend who was a local. Seem to recall we were going against a fairly strong (4-5kt) flow with no real problems. Also have a vague recollection that the tide only ever flows one way through the straits but I might be making that one up..........

The interesting bit was Carneavon (sp) Bar at the Southern entrance. Big breaking waves or what seemed like one big breaking wave. It was weird, we seemed to go up a long way but not down so far, as though the sea level one side of it was higher than the other!

Beautiful part of the country though. Good ribbing territory!


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Old 01 November 2001, 07:11   #13
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I have been through them many times both in power and sail, the important thing with power (as you may not be on slack as you have to with sail) is do NOT turn round if you have a problem with the flow just reduce power a bit and drift back out slowly. I must agree with Alan it is a very senic part of the country. The other interesting part of Caernarfon bar is it changes every year !! so your chart will not be correct, Caernarfon harbour master has updated photocopies. If navigating round Anglesea Batleship reef round the corner from South stack lighthouse is great for major overfalls 12' + at times

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Old 01 November 2001, 10:24   #14
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This Swellies sounds great. Has anyone else got a 'dangerous' or intersting stretch of water to tell us about?

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Old 01 November 2001, 13:26   #15
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Hi Garygee, been through the swellies at HW +2 at about 25 knots, but the weather was only F3-4 from the NW so it wasnt wind over tide. All we saw was two or three standing waves, and it did feel like a different "level" each side, but no problem in a 5M rib.
Keith, good idea to open it up to other "interesting" bits of water, suggest anyone doing so opens a new thread. We have a very obvious one in N.I. - the Strangford narrrows. I'll start a new thread on it.
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Old 01 November 2001, 13:31   #16
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Thanks Alan

Were planning to give it a go as soon as we get a good weekend.

And Yes lets here about other fun places, I thought everyone know about the Swellies, but was wrong so look forward to hear about other places to have fun.


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