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Old 02 November 2014, 05:57   #51
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Off to pat my boat now so I'll see you lot later
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Old 02 November 2014, 06:13   #52
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Makes a good read fella. The fog must have been pretty intimidating. AIS pretty useful!!
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Old 02 November 2014, 08:27   #53
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Makes a good read fella. The fog must have been pretty intimidating. AIS pretty useful!!

Crossing the shipping lanes we used the equipment we had to pinpoint the ships and then we cross referenced that using the coastguard by getting them to pinpoint us as well as the container ships. By having a fixed VHF and a handheld I could monitor all the conversations as well as advise Jurgen on navigation using the plotter. We waited for our gap and then crossed.
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Old 02 November 2014, 09:18   #54
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We have quite a long encounter with some dolphins and then back on our way again...
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Old 02 November 2014, 09:23   #55
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We finally arrive in Nayland and we are greeted by Downhilldi from the forum

There's a party on in the marina and a BBQ too, so we hang around until the band stops playing and then head off to sleep on the pontoons
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End of day 3 (These are the planned routes that we intended to take)

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Old 02 November 2014, 09:46   #57
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Day 4

Another lovely morning!!!

We walk up the pontoon, have a shower and then it's time for breakfast, most of the teams are 30 minutes away in B&Bs.

Todays and exciting day as we are off to Southern Ireland
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Back at the boat Jurgen has already been in the water to check the seams and he wants me to also check.

So in I go, checking as much as I can. There is nothing that I can see or feel but still we are confident that everything is ok to continue.

There is no water in the hull and running with the trunk down is working very well.

So we're good to go
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Old 02 November 2014, 10:19   #59
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By this time we had decided not to use our secondary tanks so we emptied these into our main under deck tank, so we were lighter than ever before.

We were checking our fuel data all the time and always fine tuning everything, from memory we were the first team at the boat and the last ones to leave in the evening. This routine was driven by Jurgen and we soon had a routine on the best way to refuel, refill oil and the many other things we did everyday to give us the best possible chance of reliability.

The crossing to Southern Ireland wasn't great, it wasn't the worst I've seen by far but enough to smash us about a bit.

A crew member on Finn (Redbay 7.4) got seasickness, both Targa's had alarms going off and our Scott seats were working hard.
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Old 02 November 2014, 10:32   #60
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Sadly to two Targa's needed repair, their modern engines required more than just a tweak. They would need parts and software to repair so sadly we left them in Rosslare with Duma and Blueray to support them safely to a mooring.

In high spirits we received this picture later from the Targa's on Tour

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