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Old 30 October 2008, 20:46   #21
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Just wait 'till you experience something like it. You may think that a jaunt down the Solent to Yarmouth on a rough day gives you and the boat a bit of a punishing, but nothing the Solent can throw at you will prepare you for the experience of this sort.

St Albans Head is a very serious obstacle. On a calm day at slack water you wonder what all the fuss is about. But if you arrive there wit a tidal race running, it's different proposition altogether. Without wind, on a spring tide there can be standing waves 4-5m high in quick succession. These are thrown up as there is a very pronounced ridge of rock on the sea bed. Add a storm and it's somewhere to stay clear of. I've been out there on a couple of different RIBs in all sorts of conditions, but nothing like Bruce describes here. And if the water's coming from above, nothing will be safe in it's path as it descends - it's very heavy stuff, and as well as the tonnes of impact, will force it's way into places you never dreamt it would. Once you leave Swanage and round Peveril Point, there's no shelter form a south-westerly until you catch the lee of the Portland peninsula, that all ads up to a lot of punishment.

My first encounter with StAlbans also resulted in a destroyed GPS... after my head hit it.

250 damage? Cheap when you consider there were no injuries. The potential cost of an incident like this goes far beyond that.
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What makes you think I don't know what the conditions are like out there?
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resulted in a destroyed GPS... after my head hit it.
i orlwaiys wonderd wy yew ad OTOG tattood onn yor foredd

gud jobb de GSP didunt av a TARP buton

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Old 01 November 2008, 10:03   #25
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Not sure you can blame Lowrance for the failure of a GPS aerial mounted on an A Frame when the boat landed ass down on the A frame. Nearly ripped the mounting bracket of the horeshoes off.....
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Yes, and be thankful your engine wasn't drowned. Boat I was in launched vertically from the top of a wave, down arse first, and dunked the engine. She would not fire, and as we were looking up at the waves, I am ashamed to admit that we had to call on the RNLI. Still I wasn't driving, and it wasn't my boat Made for an interesting afternoon Er, no, I am not naming names
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Just wait 'till you experience something like it. You may think that a jaunt down the Solent to Yarmouth on a rough day gives you and the boat a bit of a punishing, but nothing the Solent can throw at you will prepare you for the experience of this sort.
A Jaunt down the solent on a rough day ... hhhmmmm....
Seeing as we are doing the war stories, I have seen waves pushed up off Lepe in a SW F7 that are nearly vertical 4-5m high and if the tide is running westward the top 1 - 1.5m is breaking off the top. The big difference is we think of it as a Jaunt because you are surrounded by land, but don't lets be complacent - the solent can throw you just the same as a set of overfalls if you don't go prepared. Wind against tide, anywhere you get a ledge or rapid shoaling can be lethal.
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Have to agree with Genoa- you will get a 2m wave off Hurst in 'good' weather & thats about 100m from land ! Shingle bank is another great 'fun' place to be if you get it wrong. Ran up a3-4 wave on a jetski - saw dry land the other side , but lcukily the water came back when we got there - sheer stupidity on my part !
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.. we came off a wave into the trough and we could see sand - luckily the water came back just in time........
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Great to see everyone else f***s up now and again, gives you a true representation of how dangerous boating can be. We can all learn to respect the sea from other peoples honesty.
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