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Old 05 December 2009, 14:48   #1
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WHat a day - but I guess we've learnt something!!

Well we had a very interesting day .....not.

In nut we had to be rescued by Hayling Rescue – the whole day an unmitigated disaster!!

The day started off badly with us running late to meet Hightower at Haslar Marina – so we opted to launch from Chichester (mistake number 1)

When we got the RIB in the water we realised we had left the elephant ears down to had completely flooded the boat (mistake number 2)

Then had trouble getting fuel pressure and the engine stuttered and spluttered – anyway after some fiddling it started running fine (mistake number 3)

Off we set only to get just to the mouth of Chi Harbour and the fixed VHF reported a high voltage error that we couldn’t clear so the radio was useless (mistake number 4) all it did was beep loudly and prevent any kind of usage - we did have a hand held though.

The entrance to the harbour was interesting – lol – and the swell was challenging – the harbour master was reporting a force 6 – 7 at the time but it felt like a force 12 lol

Once past Hayling Island things got a lot easier and we were pottering along at 40knts – very impressive little RIB. Then we had the engine splutter and cut out – which we thought was due to the pipe getting twisted – re pumped and she started and we carried on heading towards Cowes (mistake number 5)

She then cut out again, and again we got her going and carried on heading towards Cowes (mistake number 6)

Finally though just as we passed a huge anchored container ship (Lyns??) she conked out good and proper – Darren managed to manually pump the fuel through and we decided to head home. I had some concerns at this point as I know Chichester Harbour entrance can be very nasty and I didn’t want the engine to cut out on the way in, however Darren was feeling ill and so we headed for home (mistake number 6)

We finally made it to the Harbour entrance by this time there were large breaking waves coming into the harbour - I was paranoid the engine would die again - one of the scariest things I’ve ever had to do – the sense of no control while waves are rolling onto themselves and you are on top is not something I want to repeat unless with an instructor – horrible.

Anyway we finally made it into the sanctuary of the harbour and the engine cut out for good – no amount of pumping would get her going – loads of fuel just no engine. A boat from the local sailing club went passed and we waved him over – he held us steady while we had another go at getting the engine going – by this time Darren had been ill over the side

He was a lovely chap and asked if we had a radio – yes we said who would he recommend calling – Hayling Rescue channel 32 – no bloody channel 32 on our radio – he looked at me as if I was mad and said who do you normally call – no one I said we just keep it on channel 16 – he then asked if I meant channel 60 – no channel 16 – we’ve never had to radio anyone other than radio checks.

Anyway he kindly got hold of Frank (or maybe Trevor) at Hayling Rescue who came out in under 5 minutes and towed us back to Itchener – I owe him a pint and some fuel money!!

We finally got home and had a chance to reflect on the f**k up of a day and I guess we have at least learnt an awful lot.

1. Never go in a boat if the engine is playing up – diagnose the cause and fix it.
2. Look at the weather – we should have launched in Southampton that was more sheltered not Chichester – once in the lee of the Island it was fine.
3. We should have headed for home sooner than later – at the sign of the first problem
4. We should have considered the implications of the engine cutting out at the worst possible time (on the way into Chichester Harbour) and found a safe haven to moor up to fix the issue- we were lucky we actually got back inside the harbour before this happened
5. Be on time and we would have at least had company on hand to assist (poor Hightower)
6. Learn about our equipment – why can’t be get channel 32 on the VHF??
7. Join Sea Start!!!!!
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Old 05 December 2009, 14:55   #2
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WOW ! What can I say apart from ;

No one got hurt
Nothing broken
You will have learnt alot about all sorts of things (as you clearly have already)
People will ALWAYS help
Dont beat yourself up about it ( thats the really hard part)

DONT GIVE UP !

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Old 05 December 2009, 15:00   #3
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Thanks Blackroady - just gutted we missed the trip to the Folly and meeting everyone - never mind maybe we are fair weather sailors only

Spot on re beating yourself up - the more I think about it the more my confidence dwindles - we shouldn't have gone out in the first place

Hohum

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Old 05 December 2009, 15:00   #4
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BLIMEY, im glad you got back ok safe and sound, with ref to equipment, check and re check, and still things go wrong!!!

Jean, dont give up!! keep equipment simple and well installed and the return a good days ribbing can give is awesome!!
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Old 05 December 2009, 15:02   #5
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Thanks Matt - looks like you had a flying time - lol

Does anyone know the Hayling Rescue group - would like to drop them a thank you etc

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I really shouldn't have mentioned sea anchors and breaking down the other day should I.... sorry!

Glad you got sorted.
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Good God, what a day you had. The fact that you are both OK is a result and a GOOD day in my book.

I was so looking forward to meeting you both and putting faces to names, which is one of the many positive aspects of the get togethers. I hope the problems are quickly and cheaply(!) overcome and that you are able to put all you learned in to good use over the next few months.

The only comment I would hessitate to make, it is never a bad thing to report engine problems to the Coastguard early. They are only to glad to to be made aware of potential problems and will monitor your progress even if you make it back home under your own steam.

Hope to meet up in the not to distance future

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Spot on re beating yourself up - the more I think about it the more my confidence dwindles - we shouldn't have gone out in the first place

Hohum

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Probably fair to say we have ALL been towed/ helped at some point. Things will always go wrong - you dealt with it all and got home in one piece. Got to smile at that.
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Two realy important things

1) You are all safe and well.

2) You have learnt some harsh lessons and I'm sure ones that you won't be repeating.

Glad to know all is ok now you need to get back on the Horse.
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No worries Chewy - I think they call it baptism by fire

Blackroady - very fair point - just annoyed at myself for letting it get to the point of breakdown - we were glad to get home though!!

250kts - would have loved to have caught up with you all. The pointer re the Coastguard is very useful thank you - never crossed my mind to bother them with the detail but as you say it means they are forewarned and forearmed - very good point.

We will do this again - before the Summer!!!!!

Stafs - for sure - the leaning curve was step but on reflection very valuable - and I guess that's what we need to take away from the experience

Thanks all

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