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Old 12 May 2012, 03:41   #1
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Penzance to Scillies?

Hi guys

Thinking of making a trip to the Scillies in my Searider. Anybody on here done this before, got any tips and/or fancy coming with me for a trip out?
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Old 12 May 2012, 05:01   #2
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Old 12 May 2012, 05:13   #3
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Hi guys

Thinking of making a trip to the Scillies in my Searider. Anybody on here done this before?
Yep, but prefer to head out of Fal.

PZ slip is tidal, 2hrs either side of top from memory and the parking is insecure and expensive. Two eves/three days days for vehicle and trailer was 45 last time that we launched out of there. You need to find an attendant, the machines can't cope with such a transaction.

If the weather is good, the Fal to PZ run is a treat, taking in Fal Bay, the whole of the Lizard and Mounts Bay, bit of a schlep in a 4m perhaps.

Fuel needs to be considered. it's probably 1.75 ish per Ltr by now and a pain to buy at w/ends.

Camping on Bryher works perfectly for ribs. If you run a search on here for 'Scillies', details of previous trips should be viewable.

When the weather is good,this must be one of the top ribbing destinations in the UK. We have encountered some 'challenging' conditions in the past.
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Thanks Mollers

You sound like you've done this a few times then. Whats the approx distance from Falmouth then! I was not sure it was do-able from Falmouth considering fuel etc. Now you have me thinking. The Searider is a 5.4, do you think its too small to do the crossing then?
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Old 12 May 2012, 12:03   #6
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Thanks Mollers

The Searider is a 5.4, do you think its too small to do the crossing then?
Not at all, Ian Parkes (non-active member) did it in moderate/rough seas in a 4.8m Valliant with his Wife riding 'Bucking Bronco' on a dive bottle rack. We saw some local boys going vertical mid-way in a 5.5m Humber when we were heading back to Fal during a particularly rough crossing with Bedajim. A 5.4 SR will be ideal, you'll need to pick favourable weather window,obviously. The first time we made the trip, we had glassy seas there and back. The biggest dangers were sunburn, Doom Bar (local ale) and Parksey's Missus' spud salad.
Beware of the wind coming from anywhere with an E in it. Swell builds up Channel and can get very lumpy by the time it arrives here.

Fal to PZ is approx 25Nm. PZ to Scillies about the same.
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Thanks Mollers - excellent advice. Cant wait now

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Thanks Mollers - excellent advice. Cant wait now

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When were you thinking of going?
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9-28 June is my first window. Do you fancy another trip then? How can I talk you around? If those dates don't suit then can chose 14July to end of July? Go on you know you want too ;-)
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9-28 June is my first window. Do you fancy another trip then? How can I talk you around? If those dates don't suit then can chose 14July to end of July? Go on you know you want too ;-)
I could have a go for w/ends 9/10 or 16/17.
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