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Old 17 November 2006, 06:42   #241
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Part 3 : Sunday 12th November

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10) Bit ‘Parky’ innit!!! But Nauti's flippin glowing with pride!!!
hmmm Mr P Shop!!!


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Old 17 November 2006, 08:33   #242
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He's Simon Templer!

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Old 18 November 2006, 06:44   #243
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A Nauti Weekend In Calais

Part Four : A good throttling...

Conditions were quite testing as we tackled the TSS at the correct angle. Richard pushed the boat gradually as it became apparent that it was relishing the challenge of lofty seas and the occasional smack in the face. Seabirds swooped and dived either side as the distinctive shape of the Goodwin lightship materialised ahead. Toy-like ships on the horizon became rapidly-moving monsters up close, hell-bent on reaching northerly ports.

The crew settled in as the boat responded to the demand of the waves and Richard’s answer on the throttle. Snug in our drysuits and Geckos, with air temperature still in double figures (typical of this exceptionally balmy November) we were able to enjoy the scenery and the warming sunshine while Mike monitored instruments and corrected headings. Every now and then the snarl of the props surfacing brought a grin to our faces as the skipper soldiered on, averaging 30 knots and growing in confidence in his new boat’s abilities.

Having delivered a bit of a hammering on our channel crossing , the seas backed down a little as we gained the relative shelter of the English coast. Not to be completely outdone the wind swung a little more to the west just to keep it interesting. Our speed picked up and the RIB tore across the chop past the south-easterly ports and on to the boxy shapes of the Dungeness power stations.

Richard offered the helm to Simon who indulged his powerboat racing abilities and immediately sought to explore the capabilities of the new RIB. Flatter water provided a new assessment opportunity for Parker’s design as throttles hit the console and the hull divorced itself completely from water. If we were all delighted with the feeling of solidity and security in the big waves off Calais, here was a further thrill as the boat took off like a rocket and sped at 50 + (53.4!!!!) knots in the direction of Dungeness. The boat kept its poise and the horizon was true as a spirit level while we powered along . The crew were safely ensconced in the solid jockeys and comfortable wraparound backrests.

We slowed towards Dungeness and inspected the bleak structure impassively facing the ocean. More function than form. Someone should have asked Derek Jarman to draw up the design.


It was a relief to press on for the more natural formation of the chalky coastline ahead.

12) Beachy Head. (This photo is sourced from Wikipedia. If there's any copyright probs please remove JK, ta.)




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Old 18 November 2006, 09:02   #244
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Sorry but have I missed a bit or lost the plot here Mrs. Jackeen is there a vehicle somewere abandoned and forgotten on or near the French coast in favour of a rib ride back to blighty.
Or have I jumped to far ahead in my eagerness to hear the end of the tale.
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is there a vehicle somewere abandoned and forgotten on or near the French coast

There's probably a rusty old white escort diesel van, belonging to Jackeen, lying about somewhere.

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Old 18 November 2006, 09:30   #246
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Sorry but have I missed a bit or lost the plot here Mrs. Jackeen is there a vehicle somewere abandoned and forgotten on or near the French coast in favour of a rib ride back to blighty.
Or have I jumped to far ahead in my eagerness to hear the end of the tale.
The whole mission was carefully planned by Baron Andre and Skipper NautiBuoy, Milan.

But well done for your detective qualities!

Richard hired a large vehicle to accommodate all our portly frames from Portsmouth to Dover. He then parked it in a most orderly fashion in the appointed car-hire return spot in Dover before we all walked on board.

Precision Stuff.
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Sorry but have I missed a bit or lost the plot here Mrs. Jackeen is there a vehicle somewere abandoned and forgotten on or near the French coast in favour of a rib ride back to blighty.
Or have I jumped to far ahead in my eagerness to hear the end of the tale.
Richard had hired a car and it was returned at the ferry terminal in Dover. We boarded the ferry as foot passengers, quite an experience for someone who has always taken a car
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Thanks for the account of the adventure by the Jackeens. Very detailed, it must have been thrilling. Well done to you all.
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Thanks Mollers for the positive feedback on the report! Much appreciated. It was indeed a thrilling adventure for us and the final part of the tale from the Crew shall follow in a day or so.

Meanwhile Richard and Sarah took us for a little run to Gunwharf today and Nautibuoy was properly christened Thanks for a great day peeps!

Kathleen & Paul
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