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Old 21 January 2009, 10:53   #11
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7 years ago, it was what started my love affair with RIBs.

Went out of the River Fal into the Falmouth Estuary, then past Black Rock and into the sea proper for a bit of a wazz.

We were well kitted up in thermals and immersion suits.

Was blowing a hooley and the sea state was confused which made it damned good fun.

It wasn't tiring in the respect of physical excursion but more on the concentration side.

Was in a 5.4m with a 90 on the back.

I blinkin' well loved it.

We were supposed to be fishing but that went straight out of the window when my Bro in law spotted the waves outside the harbour.

Hopefully will get to do it again this year, tow the old girl down for some skippin'.
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We've gone through some pretty big confused stuff when approaching the Scillies. It shallows dramatically which shoves the sea up.
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We've gone through some pretty big confused stuff when approaching the Scillies. It shallows dramatically which shoves the sea up.
Confused you say?

Will have to twist the arm of a few kin and see if we can arrange a little excursion across.
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Old 21 January 2009, 12:15   #14
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This is force 9:
I know what they are like.

Here is a Force 10.



You will see it is quite possible to have very large waves that do not break or have foam blowing off them.

Short confused seas are often a lot worse than 30' Atlantic Rollers - they are just like driving up big hills!!!
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Some good enthusiatic driving in that clip
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We've gone through some pretty big confused stuff when approaching the Scillies. It shallows dramatically which shoves the sea up.
Especially around the North end of Tresco. I can vouch it is certainly the most entertaining sea conditions I've ever been out in. I think the longest the throttle was ever in 1 position was about 2 seconds. A little scary at the time but once I got back safe what a sh1t eating grin I had on my face.

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I know what they are like.

Here is a Force 10.



You will see it is quite possible to have very large waves that do not break or have foam blowing off them.

Short confused seas are often a lot worse than 30' Atlantic Rollers - they are just like driving up big hills!!!
I think that the large waves that you are talking about are swell, not sea. If it is sea force 9, then it means wind is usually 1 grade up, that is 10. And wind 10 will definitely break the wave and form foam.
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But you have to consider fetch and how long it's been blowing for. I wouldn't have a problem being out in a 6 if it had been 2-3 half an hour before. But if it's been a 6 for the last two days from the south west, I think the sofa in front of the fire is where you'll find me.
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I think that the large waves that you are talking about are swell, not sea. If it is sea force 9, then it means wind is usually 1 grade up, that is 10. And wind 10 will definitely break the wave and form foam.
A wave is a wave but they are all different. You are correct in a way - we get huge waves coming in off the atlantic - often with no real wind to blow the spay around.

The day I was talking about was a Force 9 but the wind was with the tide - against the tide it's a very different story. A lot also has to do with wind direction as well. We are used to wind from the West but an East wind can cause chaos!!!
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7.8m RIB F9 Wind over Tide

6.0m RIB 150Nm offshore F8 Westery,Biscay.


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