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Old 01 August 2005, 12:39   #1
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Nervous New Ribber!

Evening all.

A boat load of us are going out on Friday evening to watch the Cowes Firework display. I have got a friend who has been out on Thames and has enjoyed it but is very worried about waves and it makes her very nervous.

Has anybody been out to the fireworks and would it be suitable for her to go out to?

I'm thinking of launching at Calshot Castle and making the short trip, slowly across in a 6m RIB. The crew and I are experienced at Solent night nav so I'm confident myself but I am concerned about the waves for this girl.

Any help, advice, crystal ball viewing, would be appreciated!!

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Old 01 August 2005, 12:46   #2
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The forecast for Friday night looks good. See ==> http://www.meteo.uni-koeln.de/meteo.php?show=En_We_We

It really comes down to the crews capabilities and the skipper.
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Old 01 August 2005, 14:26   #3
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Chris,

The Solent on Friday night is going to be very very busy!

If i get back in time on friday i hope to be out also but depends on travel arrangements.

If the weather is ok im sure the waves will be fine. remember to stay wide off calshot cos its always lumpy there!

I would strongly recomend waiting for a good while after the fireworks to let the traffic calm down. You can be 100 % confident in the skills of you and your crew but you cant allow for some other bafoon on the water! there is a speed limit in the solent after this event. (theres a post on here somewhere about it) but you can be sure some people wont have seen it or will ignore it.

Being sensible i am sure you will be fine but and she will have a great time.!
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HW Cowes is 00:28 on Sat - 00:42 Portsmouth.
The tide turns around HW Portsmouth -1.5 so you should not have too much tide induced chop at say 23:00.
Having said that, you will get a load of chop around Cowes entrance from all the craft heading home. Once past S Bramble it should get smooth(ish) in light winds.
As Zippy said, wait until the mayhem reduces and then take it slowly.

I have seen how you drive, so she has good reason to be nervous.
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The speed limit is 15 knots between 2130 & 2300 on Friday, 6 Aug. It applies to the Solent and Southampton Water.

The Southampton Vessel Traffic Services has Notice to Mariners.

http://www.southamptonvts.co.uk/index.asp
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I have seen how you drive, so she has good reason to be nervous.

Its not that bad! It just I'm convince all these basking sharks will get me one day thats why I drive so fast! Have you seen Waterworld?

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Have you seen Waterworld?

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Not for a while.
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You know that huge fish that jumps out of the water and swallows him then he kills it from the inside!!!

Thats gonna happen to me on my six metre rib. A mutated 20m haddock!

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its gona be busy but theres a 6knot limit or some thing like that so no need to go fast
should be good fireworks
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