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Old 05 August 2004, 03:16   #1
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St Catherines Race

Never been round the race at St Catherines before - hopefully going on Saturday - any tips anyone?
Wish we could join those going on Sunday

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Old 05 August 2004, 03:34   #2
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Keep a good watch for lobster pot markers etc. When the tide runs they get pulled very low in the water and are hard to see. There are a fair few around there.

Have fun!

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Old 16 August 2009, 17:04   #3
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thread revival!!

Tried st catherines today! It was really nasty! My planning was for friday but got delayed, so I endured, despite hitting it at tide change and horrible wind! NOT TO SMART

Cruised at 33kts average from solent but st catherines knocked me down to a very un comfortable 18knts, with the boat landing twice on its ends for what seemed like every wave!

windfinder says it was 0.9m waves at 3 second intervals f5. They appeared considearably higher and as steep as a wall! quick look in binos and it looked similar all way south of island!!!

Im curious to know if with a sw wind as today does it ease off once your clear of the race????? I made it past the light house from east to west but I was less than happy and turned around before i broke myself or the boat!
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Try going right inside. And I mean RIGHT inside-no more than 20' from the cliff's edge.
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