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Old 14 December 2004, 03:58   #31
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Really am gutted I couldn't make this. College assignments deadlines and hangovers don't mix I'm afraid so was busy all day Sunday. Hope a good day was had by all.

On another note, I just read Cork Rib's article in the latest Irish edition of the RNLI magazine about the Rib. Very good article, sounds like good craic. At the time I was unable to go as I was in between RIBs at the time.

Anyway just realised that it was Ronan who organised it, so well done, a great idea, especially to raise 32,000 for the RNLI. At the end of Jon's article there was a mention of Kinsale-Scillies 2005. I really want to do it this time. Just a few questions?? We've got a 6m/150 Optimax. We can go flat out at 50kts and can cruise quite comfortably at 30. My main worry is fuel however, with a 110l tank and averaging 1nm/litre when its rough we have a range of 110nm. Do you think this setup is Ok for a trip like this?? Otherwise we have all the right gear: flares, auxillary, ropes, first aid etc??
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My personal opinion is that you are a bit light on fuel there.
A straight line distance between Kinsale and Hugh Town is about 140nm.
I always allow 25% extra for going left and right and up and down and another 10-15% for inclement weather, tides etc. So I would want fuel for a range of 200nm if it were me.
See if other boats can carry some fuel in cans for you. If you carry them yourself you must also allow for the additional fuel consumption rate when carrying the extra fuel weight.

You could also slow down-you are not going to cross that particular bit of sea at 50knots!

I would also be interested to see which way you intend to enter the "lagoon" at the Scillys.
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Fuel concerns?

Hi Steve,
Brian is right with his calcs. I went on the Kinsale-Wales trip with Ronans gang (which incidently was great gas) and like you used 1 litre/nm. We ran on a 30% fuel excess in case we wanted to turn back at or before 1/2 way, also another important factor is if any body has to be towed then some juice is going to be consumed. ( we towed 1 boat from Ballycotton to The Soverigns outside kinsale and used up our extra 1/3 of fuel) To be fair we refueled in Kilmore Quay in Wexford on the way over and on the return trip, as well as filling up in Wales. (bloody expensive petrol over there )
All boats also had to do a RNLI seacheck to be able to go! I would recommend that as well for anybody that is into this crack.
Best of luck Steve and will probably see you out there someday!
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Old 14 December 2004, 09:09   #34
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Kinsale - Scillies

We actually did this trip in the middle of this year! Went on the day the Round Ireland Yacht Race was postponed due to weather.
We took one of our 6.5m ribs with a 200hp on the back. We burnt approx 50 - 55 gallons due to the weather. The trip took about 9 hours instead of the 5 hours we hoped for.
The price of the fuel on the Scillies was horendous!! About double what it cost in Ireland.
It was a great trip, worth doing again.
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Old 14 December 2004, 09:16   #35
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Thanks for the replies Brian and Oisre. I didn't realise how far the Scillies were!! Brian as you say I'm not going to be hitting 50kts out there. At around 25kts we get just over 1.2nm per litre. This still only gives a range of 130 nm. Carrying extra fuel is a possible option & weight has very little affect on our consumption either. I suppose it's because it is a high lift hull, designed for taking load, divers, etc, I can borrow an ATL flexible fuel cell, as I would prefer to carry the extra fuel myself. I wouldn't ask anybody to carry my fuel to be honest!!

I probably would have been OK this yr, being able to refuel at Kilmore and Wales but looking at it know the Scillies seems to be one for the bigger boats (or bigger fuel tanks I guess!!)

Will talk to my friend Fintan, his Cobra travelled this yr, but with his co-owner at the helm. So maybe able to jump in with him if he decides to do it next yr.

Look forward to seeing a few Excaliburs around the Fastnet in the New Yr!!
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We actually did this trip in the middle of this year! Went on the day the Round Ireland Yacht Race was postponed due to weather.
Thats what I like to hear!! Going out when everybody is coming back in. Keep me posted on any upcoming trips/RNLI fundraisers/etc.
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One for the Diary!

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There is talks of doing the Kinsale-Wales trip again next year. Date to be confirmed. Our boat hopes to be tagging along once again. When I hear more I'll post it here and let ye know!
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kinsale to wales pics

thought with all the talk of another trip id post up some pics of our last trip.
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Nice pics Richie!!

Thats the job Oisre. You can e-mail me closer to the event by clicking on my profile. Nice one!!
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Cyanide, in the foreground, refueling at Kinsale, just outside the Trident Hotel.
What's that in the background? Good lord it is one or two of Gael Forces new ribs!

And then, "Tsunami" and "Cyanide" viewed from the other angle.
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