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Old 05 November 2008, 20:31   #31
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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
Sure, it gets snotty in the Solent, but at no point is there twenty miles of unrelenting troughs and waves. You can physically endure the short bursts of rough water it throws at you, and so can your boat. And it's avoidable. To be caught out off Lepe in a SW F7 is a schoolboy error - you should be on the other side of the Solent using that great big thing called the Isle of Wight to shelter you from the south-westerly. Once you get across to Gurnard you can run down past Newtown Creek in almost flat water whilst anyone who's stayed in the middle is taking a battering, and anyone who's on the north side is being really dangerous clinging to a lee shore. No such luxury if you're making a passage to Weymouth - the only option is to go offshore hoping to find calmer water, and that takes commitment!
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Old 06 November 2008, 09:06   #32
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Richard I do agree that you 'shouldn't get caught out by a school boy error , but we are human ( apart form Garf), and it does only take one wave to really screw up your day - if thats the only one you hit wrong in the day it wont matter if you are out for a 2 mile trip or a 20 mile one. You will drown/ be injured / break the boat just as easily - you may get help quicker etc , but you will still be having a bad day .

Sometimes even the best boats fail / helms etc get it wrong - if you think you will never make a mistake then its just a matter of tiem till you are proved wrong - usually in a big way . For me thats part fo the fun of boating - I assume every wave will suddenly kick up , the boat is always about to break & I am never more than 3 mins away from drowning . Hopefully If I think a bit like that I will always 'win' the battle with the sea. Even more enjoyable for me if its at 50knts than 5 ! ( sorry ended up in a bit of random thougt there - dont take me to seriously - but hopefully people can see where I am coming from ? )
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I think this is a case of racing improving the breed - as a racer we have encountered some fairly horrible conditions and kept on going - allegedly 55 knots in Egypt and a force 6 - 7 wind over tide off the Needles not to mention some fairly snotty conditions up in the Scottish Isles. We regularly use our leisure boats as safety boats for the races, so they have to cope with the same conditions, and the course is picked for you!

We have learnt from the above and hopefully make a stronger better rigged boat because of it!
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No such luxury if you're making a passage to Weymouth - the only option is to go offshore hoping to find calmer water, and that takes commitment!
There are actually two further options : take the inner passage off St Aldhelms (about twenty meters from the cliffs) as at Portland, Anvil or Peverel; or turn back (provided you haven't already got into the overfalls, when turning round may be less safe than pushing on!).
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but we are human ( apart form Garf),
Now now, be nice- he's almost human, it's because he Manx
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There are actually two further options : take the inner passage off St Aldhelms (about twenty meters from the cliffs) as at Portland, Anvil or Peverel; or turn back (provided you haven't already got into the overfalls, when turning round may be less safe than pushing on!).
Yep, but the first option's a no-go if it's really rough! I've used option 2 as my preferred solution many times.
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