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Old 28 August 2009, 14:19   #161
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going back to the topic as it where-we were out on an advanced course last night with a sw gale forecast as imminent-and it did indeed arrive. Direction of the wind and size of tide is important here-the boat was fine both with and against the seas as long as it was trimmed right. The rough weather handling was a new experience for the boys on board but the big deal last night was the lack of visibility. Driving rain came with the wind and visibility was akin to a thick fog, on an ebbing tide in Morecambe Bay you don't want to be in the wrong spot. Goggles definitely needed and the plotter was reassuring. Then it was like a yachtmaster weather lesson. As the cold front came thru the wind veered and the visibility went from next to nothing to startlingly clear. Awesome night.
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Old 01 September 2009, 05:53   #162
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going back to the topic as it where-we were out on an advanced course last night with a sw gale forecast as imminent-and it did indeed arrive. Direction of the wind and size of tide is important here-the boat was fine both with and against the seas as long as it was trimmed right. The rough weather handling was a new experience for the boys on board but the big deal last night was the lack of visibility. Driving rain came with the wind and visibility was akin to a thick fog, on an ebbing tide in Morecambe Bay you don't want to be in the wrong spot. Goggles definitely needed and the plotter was reassuring. Then it was like a yachtmaster weather lesson. As the cold front came thru the wind veered and the visibility went from next to nothing to startlingly clear. Awesome night.
See, I told you it would be fine!

Seriously though, it wasn't all that pleasant with the stinging rain and a fair bit of spray out on the rougher stuff, but a very useful experience nontheless!
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Old 01 September 2009, 09:13   #163
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ah yes I seem to remember your prediction that "it might be a bit fresh in the evening". Good trip though-especially afterwards in the warm and dry when you know that you have survived
ps Graham has left his trackie top here-will e mail you for address to return it.
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going back to the topic as it where-we were out on an advanced course last night with a sw gale forecast as imminent-and it did indeed arrive. Direction of the wind and size of tide is important here-the boat was fine both with and against the seas as long as it was trimmed right. The rough weather handling was a new experience for the boys on board but the big deal last night was the lack of visibility. Driving rain came with the wind and visibility was akin to a thick fog, on an ebbing tide in Morecambe Bay you don't want to be in the wrong spot. Goggles definitely needed and the plotter was reassuring. Then it was like a yachtmaster weather lesson. As the cold front came thru the wind veered and the visibility went from next to nothing to startlingly clear. Awesome night.
What boat were you in ?
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Well it would definitely be more exciting in British waters!!!
You may have come across something even Matt h cant wave jump!![SURE HE'D TRY!!]
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for those out there intrested in big wave/ surf/ boat handling with small s.i.bs and arancia r.i.bs have a look at this on youtube ,,,type in ,,,,,,,,ST AGNES LIFEBOAT DAY 2008
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Interesting video,

Thanks for posting it. It reinforces my opinion that for stability in these kind of conditions, you need experience AND preferably an open boat. Opinions?
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