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Old 18 June 2005, 15:36   #51
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And congrats to Gingercoastie.... I entered and heard nothing. Glad you got in. I will keep a look out!

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Thanks Mike, you came 15th out of the 15 entries, sorry.

I am a bit miffed, now I am not marshalling I do not get all my freebies, just a green and yellow flag. Maybe Richard will still let me have them as they were ordered in my size

I am staying at East Cowes on SUnday/Monday/Tuesday nights
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Old 19 June 2005, 03:42   #52
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Thanks Mike, you came 15th out of the 15 entries, sorry.
That sounds about my luck..... Lets hope my weather luck changes and this nice weather doesn't break down to Force 6 like it usualy does when I take my boat to the sea!

See you in Cowes Alex!


And on dipping ensigns from Tim.... If a British registered vessel meets one of her Majesty's, the 'dipping' - raising and lowering - may go on as a jesture of goodwill and respect. I expect Ellen MacArthur dipped when she met a Royal Navy ship on her round the world trip.... Don't know if Alan P did any dipping on his (Did you Alan?).... but I don't think there will be much dipping going on in the Solent. The flag on Illustrious would be going up and down all day with the thousands of yachts expected! So my ensign will stay on its laccy band!

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Old 19 June 2005, 10:22   #53
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Question for you locals

I have just got back from a weekend at Calshot.
On Friday we went into Pompey Harbour - no one told us
that there is a small boat channel(its not marked on our chart)
so we blithely followed a ferry in and got our wrist slapped by the harbourmaster. Hindsight is a wonderful thing!
The point of our trip was to find a good viewing point for the forthcoming review. Just west of Gilkicker there seems to be a small beach which is only accessible from the sea. It has a solid stone wall with windows set in it at the back and is about 200 yards wide.
Before we get "shot at dawn" for trespassing on Mod Property etc. Can someone tell me if this is private as it seems to be an ideal viewing point?
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Do you mean here:

"MI6 operatives are sent to the seaside for their induction training. Take a look at the SIS Training Centre at Fort Monckton at Gosport, Hampshire, near the Portsmouth Naval Base."

Might not risk it myself.
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Thanks Brian
It would be in the area marked "irb sta" whatever that is?
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Inshore Rescue Boat Station, at a guess?

So, you dont fancy storming ashore at the spy school then?
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It would be in the area marked "irb sta" whatever that is?
Brian is correct - that's GAFIRS. Here's the view from GAFIRS to Gilkicker:
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Old 19 June 2005, 15:05   #58
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The point of our trip was to find a good viewing point for the forthcoming review. Just west of Gilkicker there seems to be a small beach which is only accessible from the sea. It has a solid stone wall with windows set in it at the back and is about 200 yards wide.
Before we get "shot at dawn" for trespassing on Mod Property etc. Can someone tell me if this is private as it seems to be an ideal viewing point?
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No it's not private.. It will however be the busiest point on the Solent from which to watch the review.. It is the closest peeps will be able to get, whilst staying on the mainland.. It also has numerous car parks with-in a 200m walk..
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Old 19 June 2005, 17:16   #59
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Thanks Tony
Better get up early if we're going there?
But we are small enough to beach the boat if need be. According to the chart there are no obstructions around. We reckon to get there for around 10am watch The Review then into Portsmouth Harbour after Her Maj has finished. Late Lunch in the Jolly Sailor at Hardway and back out for the Son et Lumiere followed by the Fireworks?
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Just watch out for the "Monkton Blocks" on the other side of Gilkicker - I believe that they are just under the surface at low springs.
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