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Old 29 April 2015, 07:53   #21
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I am sure you are all well aware..........you are a very experienced lot.......but I will tell you anyway.....

10 miles off Alderney there is a two sea lanes, each going in opposite directions, which are VERY busy. Ships pass at about 5 min intervals even on Xmas day!

Try dodging a supertanker or container ship when it emerges from the fog 50 yards in front of you-and remember, even if they are watchkeeping, they won't see you on RADAR.
Playing chicken is probably great fun but just as you wiping your brow and saying "phew, just missed that one", there will be another, just ahead, going in the opposite direction!!!

Oh, and you will remember their wakes won't you?
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makes you wonder how all the ferries manage everyday doesnt it ? anyway trying to get that weekend off work and would like to join you guys play chicken with some tankers
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makes you wonder how all the ferries manage everyday doesnt it ? anyway trying to get that weekend off work and would like to join you guys play chicken with some tankers
They have RADAR, Carl and can see each other.
They also don't break down, fall overboard, pull out the kill switch inadvertantly, panic, misjudge distances and the miriad of other things that can go wrong in a small boat. Not to say these things don't happen in commercial vessels, but I know which vessel I would rather be on when one of those things does happen.
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Old 29 April 2015, 15:47   #24
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Probably safer not to go
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Probably safer not to go

Undoubtedly. But if you are going it's quite handy to be aware of the shipping lanes.
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Old 29 April 2015, 16:12   #26
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I'm sure all skippers will produce their own passage plan. Always good to hear others points and take note. Looking forward to trip,heads up there is a golf tournament on island that weekend so booking accommodation early is recommended.
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Old 29 April 2015, 17:18   #27
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Oh, and you will remember their wakes won't you?
Incidentally, what is the wake like from something really big? I think the biggest I've ever seen up close was from a Mersey-class lifeboat, which obviously doesn't really compare.
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Could always try this on the way over..?


http://youtu.be/bNMAIQU77Ho

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My rib isn't ready otherwise would love to go.

Wonder if I'd make it on the zapcat haha
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Playing chicken is probably great fun but just as you wiping your brow and saying "phew, just missed that one", there will be another, just ahead, going in the opposite direction!!!
Sounds like a game of "Frogger"
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Old 30 April 2015, 07:42   #32
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Rick and I are hoping to be available to join you in our Shearwater.
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Be nice to see you again Trev
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I'm struggling to find any accommodation- I'll camp if I really have to. Anyone got a good lead on a place to stay? It's mega golf week and alderney in bloom at the same time.
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As cgf10 is struggling to get any accommodation I will have to back out as I do not camp and MUST be back Sunday evening due to firm arrangements from Monday onwards. I was going to wait till the last minute pending weather conditions over that weekend but with accommodation problems now there will be nothing available later. Sorry - perhaps another cruise will come up later
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Im in the process of looking.....

I'll post my findings.
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Be sent a couple of emails. Just waiting on answers. Few are fully booked due to golf. Maybe camping.
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Be sent a couple of emails. Just waiting on answers. Few are fully booked due to golf. Maybe camping.
I'm also struggling to secure accomodation for the night, everyone so far is booked up, so it might be the camping option........
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I spoke to Whisper today about the camping option.


Apparently they come all set up- none of this bring your own malarkey.

Maybe worth giving him a nudge if we're struggling.? I didn't fancy lugging all the gear onto my boat.
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Let's book up some tents before they're all gone. Couple of beers any I can sleep anywhere.
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If that is the type of camping then I could put up with it for one night . I will wait till Friday and make a last minute decision then. Tim , I will call you with a yes or no.

The last time I slept in a tent it was during the Round Scotland in 1998 and we were the poor lot so we pitched up our tents on the lawn in front of the hotel at Kyle of Lochalsh..
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