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Old 31 July 2013, 18:13   #441
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Top Hat and Merlin near headland to west of Flint now on AIS but only at at 8 / 7 knots.

A real long day.
Now into harbour.....
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Old 31 July 2013, 18:17   #442
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Now into harbour.....
Loooong day and night! Good work.
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Old 31 July 2013, 18:47   #443
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Now into harbour.....
That's a relief - I was anxious at how slow Merlin was moving near Fenit. One hell of a long stretch -I wouldn't fancy another day of slogging after a trip of that length but Dingle's not so bad and the weather may ease a little.
"Forecast for coasts from Mizen Head to Slyne Head to Erris Head
Wind: Mainly east to northeast at first between Slyne Head and Erris Head, force 4 or 5, continuing to veer southerly this evening, becoming cyclonic variable later tonight and for a time tomorrow, force 3 to 5, later increasing west to northwest, force 4 or 5."
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Old 31 July 2013, 18:53   #444
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"Baby blue is hanging together well. Only 120 miles tomorrow". (Today)
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Old 01 August 2013, 04:25   #445
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After reading paul G posting is sounds like a very difficult day. Am I correct in noting that the mechainical failures are generally he larger boats?.

Andy P has not had much luck of the good type on this trip.

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Old 01 August 2013, 04:33   #446
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Spent night in A and E in Tralee having my back and shoulder looked at . Sadly Docs wont let me continue by boat. Stu (Roguewave) has been spelling me at the hem of Merlin over past two days when my back couldn't take anymore and he is going to take the boat on from Fenit. I want to keep going round by land so on the scrounge for a lift from a land based support vehicle or fellow ribnetter. WillK are you stil driving as I will take up your offer of a ride.
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Old 01 August 2013, 04:38   #447
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Spent night in A and E in Tralee having my back and shoulder looked at . Sadly Docs wont let me continue by boat. Stu (Roguewave) has been spelling me at the hem of Merlin over past two days when my back couldn't take anymore and he is going to take the boat on from Fenit. I want to keep going round by land so on the scrounge for a lift from a land based support vehicle or fellow ribnetter. WillK are you stil driving as I will take up your offer of a ride.
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Bad luck Andy, hope you get a lift to carry on.
Recon you will be dining out on this one for the rest of your life
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Old 01 August 2013, 05:02   #448
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Spent night in A and E in Tralee having my back and shoulder looked at . Sadly Docs wont let me continue by boat. Stu (Roguewave) has been spelling me at the hem of Merlin over past two days when my back couldn't take anymore and he is going to take the boat on from Fenit. I want to keep going round by land so on the scrounge for a lift from a land based support vehicle or fellow ribnetter. WillK are you stil driving as I will take up your offer of a ride.
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Sorry to hear that Andy. Hope you are ok.

Are you SERIOUS about taking a lift from Willk? Have you ever been in the Landy when he's driving??
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Old 01 August 2013, 05:02   #449
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Well that was an exciting day.We set off from Clew bay after refuelling at Westport the refuelling team are great. We had a look at the very pretty harbour at Inishboffin then on to Slyne head after rounding the headland it became really challenging with some big confused seas .due to time constraints we decided to head due south for Trallee but after about two hours the wind went due south.We we travelling with the 7.5m Scorpion Top Cat and the 5.5m Delta Option4 .The small Delta was starting to struggle with the big seas so we changed course to 120 and ran behind the Arran islands. After a short lunch break we set off for the fantastic cliffs of Moher which we ran very close in marvelling at the goats perched on top! We then set off for Trallee the seas were very lumpy .A pod of dolphins nearly rammed the boat how we avoided hitting one I don't know When we were about 10 miles north of Kilkee the 200 Optimax on the Scorpion stopped without warning after checking the obvious,kill cord,fuel lines ect. We realised that we had a problem Top cat carries a full diagnostic kit and it was showing a bad electrical connection we tightened and sprayed everything but after a few false starts we realised that it was a towing situation we notified Hugo via Michaela on by cell phone,we were out of range by VHF and proceeded to tow.By fantastic good fortune we we only 8 miled to the south of the safe haven of Lisscanor.We sent the Delta on ahead to recce and set off towing.We were towing in a very big following sea and we snapped the first tow line .We doubled every thing up and set off again (you can't have enough lines on a boat!) It was very hard to get the formula right ,to long and Top cat would have broached and rolled,to short and we would have had a 7.5m scopion with no brakes up and over our transom.We finally got it right and set off at7.5 knots for Lisscannor Ross did a sterling job of helming in those very tricky seas timing the big following Atlantic rollers just right.After two long hours we made it safely into the lovely little harbour of Liscannor. Terry of option4 had managed to book us all into the local hotel and the staff reopened the dining room for us and served 7 very tired,very smelly stranded mariners.If there is a more welcoming ,helpfully race af people that the Irish I have yet to find them .After a good nights sleep we are going to try to sort the Opti out.The big 250 E-tec on
Black Hawk hasn't missed a beat yet but all fingers are firmly crossed.
In retrospect we were very lucky if the incident had occurred off Slyne head or under the cliffs of Moher we could have been in real trouble ,seems that the a little bit of Irish luck has rubbed off on us .Weather forecast today is heavy rain possible tornados so we are staying put for 24 hrs.Just one question why is Irish rain so much wetter than the English stuff?
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