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Old 25 June 2011, 10:28   #11
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i went the whole way round, was very wet of the southern side,

i past a SB3 with broken rudder, i stopped to check they were ok and they had a hand held vhf with flat battery, so i aided them by calling Island Link, the race control and informing them of the boat, damage and a posistion. they were all happy so i carried on my way.

then i passed an upturn tri, they had pitch poled and were full turtle, race control had been informed, but then i passed another rib with a sleeping bag off the upturn boat wrapped around its prop, i stoppped and asked if they were ok and they were happily cutting it off with a letherman, so i carried on my way.

the tidal race off st cats was great fun and i had a fun time.....
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Old 25 June 2011, 12:58   #12
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i went the whole way round, was very wet of the southern side,

i past a SB3 with broken rudder, i stopped to check they were ok and they had a hand held vhf with flat battery, so i aided them by calling Island Link, the race control and informing them of the boat, damage and a posistion. they were all happy so i carried on my way.

then i passed an upturn tri, they had pitch poled and were full turtle, race control had been informed, but then i passed another rib with a sleeping bag off the upturn boat wrapped around its prop, i stoppped and asked if they were ok and they were happily cutting it off with a letherman, so i carried on my way.

the tidal race off st cats was great fun and i had a fun time.....
Well done for that trip all the way round, I lost count of how many maydays and pan pans coming in, varied from the incidents you saw to crew in the water and one missing for 7 minutes

The first call I think was at Bramble bank with a demasted boat before 0600. Then it just kept coming. The emergency call were still live at 3pm. BIG congrats to the Solent coastguard operator who kept it all together, not heard them that busy for a long while
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Old 25 June 2011, 14:29   #13
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Yes, pretty chaotic around 9.00 to 10.00 with loads of calls for assitance. The services must have been stretched for a while. We loitered around the Needles for a while taking photographs in a fairly large swell and messy conditions. Haven't got any photos as my hands were kept busy at the helm but am hoping to see some from my crew at some stage.

Drifted back towards Cowes congratulating myself for staying (relatively) dry then managed to stuff it into the back of wave in what I thought were improving sea conditions. We all got very wet - as did the cameras oops

Nevertheless a great run out and most of the yachts looked like they were having a great time too.
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Old 25 June 2011, 15:31   #14
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Also had a fantastic day - mad as well, spent most the morning off the needles - quite interesting away from the shelter of the island. Had a moment - went up a very large breaking swell, got some air under the bow and got dumped on our arse ( 6.6 predator 150hp merc ). Engine and rear passengers got very wet - all I could see from the helm was the bow pointing towards the clouds! Doh! Had a 2 second flap - did a head count, restarted the engine, bilge pump on, systems check and had a brew!
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The coastguard and other rescue services did themselves proud today. I have never heard the radio that busy with emergency calls of every description. No matter how poor/untrained the person maiking the call, it was answered extremely well and calmly by CG.
Just to add to the mix there were several problems along the Jurassic Coast too, where the radio coverage overlaps.
A good day on the water, as one of our clients said, interestingly rough
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I left Poole at 0530am, horrible weather, seemed a long way to the needles at that time in the morning in those conditions. Yes I was also amazed by how many maydays and pan pans, seemed more than one happening at the same time. Returned to Poole by 2pm and completely knackered. Nothing went wrong so all good. Don't think I will bother next time if weather is similar, hopefully it won't be. A dozen or so ribs were out and about.
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Big Swell

It was grim at Bembridge ledge, livened up bysome impressive runs upwind and wave by 'Hot Lemon' - this is one of the casualties - think it happened off Ventnor and dumped at St Helens fort awaiting salvage.

Not ideal conditions for pictures and probably as rough as I have seen this year.

This is a big solid cruising style cat not a lightweight MOCRA style - in the cabin it looked really grim with allsorts washing around, Inshore rescue looking at it but this was some hours later.....
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The comms were pretty manic all day as well as Distress Buttons being pressed left right and centre. Even before vessels left the Western Solent there were collisions, MOB markers and liferafts.

The RNLI were busy sweeping up after the fleet and we launched when the radio comms started to get a bit more frantic but all was well and we just shadowed with a RN Warship up into the Hurst Narrows.

BIG SWELLS off the Needles....
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We were out there at 0615, got to start line just as daughter's fleet were off. Took us a while to find them, with poor visibility and the swell. At one point in front of us a yacht tacked a bit close to another, got caught on a wave and was somehow dumped onto its bow. Fortunately, the damage was above water line. We hung around, checked everyone was OK and one boat limped back to Cowes. We didn't go beyond Hurst Castle as it looked like mayhem. I'd also got very wet, finding out my elderly foul weather gear was not waterproof. So back to Hamble and quick trip to Andark, for new oilies, before going back out again.
The finish in the early afternoon was slightly less dramatic, as the weather did improve.

We were out again mid morning on Sunday, to watch the Sigma's racing. Fog kept coming down and lifting, but at least there was not the swell.
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