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Old 30 October 2006, 20:50   #41
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No probs with any one that wants to come.

Has anyone actually done this run ?

I have plenty of questions to ask.
No substitute for experience, but YBW ran an article a few months back on crossing the channel with routes, waypoints etc. I got a copy as it was something I had in mind doing. I will scan it as it may answer some of your questions.

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Old 30 October 2006, 21:11   #42
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Has anyone actually done this run ?

I have plenty of questions to ask.
Quite a few of us here have done this trip. I suggest you ask your questions and between us we'll do our best to answer them.
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Old 03 November 2006, 18:25   #43
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Hi Guy's

I would certainly be up for this. Some cautionary advice.

For all boats that are sub 6m. Your weather window would be fairly critical, Idealy sub F3, for at least a few days. I would not want to do this trip if it was greater than F4. We were extremely lucky on our last trip across Millpond Flat, however I have turned back 25 miles out in an F6 on a gin palace!

Fuel capacity should not give be too much of a problem I would suggest eveyone had at least 100lts maybe a bit more.

If I can be of any help please ask. By the way Brian is a Top Bloke and would certainly show you the sights.

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Old 03 November 2006, 20:36   #44
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Okay,

Thanks for the info. I agree with regards the weather window. Maybe we need to set a couple of weekends aside with a view to picking the first one that comes along with good conditions. Its the most crucial part of the voyage so we at least have to get that right.

What does everyone think shall we set three prospective weekends aside over the period May/June or June/July. This is so we aren't forced to go on a particular day.

Thoughts please.

With regards fuel. I'll be taking lots and some empty cans to make the most of the cheap Channel Islands stuff.
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Old 03 November 2006, 22:26   #45
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My thoughts are that I would prefer the June/July window, as I think that on balance there is more chance of a good weather window. I also think that as plans progress we should meet up as it is so much easier to get things done when you are face to face. Happy to do my part of the planning
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Old 03 November 2006, 23:48   #46
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Im happy for dates in May/June/July. Having plenty of notice would be easy for me to get time off. So i will go with the flow.
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Old 04 November 2006, 08:04   #47
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Dear All We would be up for the cruise, went there for lunch, and back this year, so it would be nice to stay a little longer in order to have a good look around the Island, and take in a bit of history. Thank you Brian for your welcome, we will look foreword to meeting up with you again next year. All the best Martin & Stephanie
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Hi Guy's

I would certainly be up for this. Some cautionary advice.

For all boats that are sub 6m. Your weather window would be fairly critical, Idealy sub F3, for at least a few days. I would not want to do this trip if it was greater than F4. We were extremely lucky on our last trip across Millpond Flat, however I have turned back 25 miles out in an F6 on a gin palace!
I believe that was the same day I crossed in my then 5.8m Ribcraft with my daughter and father. Was a lot nicer the next day.
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Damned right Martin. You, your Dad and daughter deserved a medal for pushing on to Herm whilst some other well-known ribsters turned back!
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Old 30 November 2006, 09:35   #50
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I'd just like to register my interest on this one if theres still room for another.... (Sounds a bit more suitable than the cruise to the Bay of Biscay )
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Old 19 December 2006, 12:30   #51
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A friend of mine was over from Guernsey at the w/e [16/17-12] and I was talking to him about this cruise. He owns/skippers a 19m fishing boat from Guernsey and works the waters from the Islands to Cherbourg to Brixham so he knows the score out there! He recommended JUNE if poss as a travel date, which fits with the plan already... I'm sure many of you are familiar with the waters out there [not me!] but he has offered any help/knowledge with planning/weather/hazards/ports/berths etc. anything we need really. worth keeping him in mind closer to the date.
There are a few RIBs from my neck of the woods who are keen to go, so maybe a RV off Portland Race, just to put us in the mood in case it turns messy further out...????!
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Old 19 December 2006, 13:28   #52
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Thanks for the info Milo, will be turning serious thoughts towards this journey in the New Year.
As it is can you ask your friend to recomend a B & B or cheap hotel for the Saturday night. Maybe he knows a Hotel owner who could put a couple of rooms aside. Trouble is this journey will be very weather dependant.

As for meeting off Portland Race that would be quite an excursion from Southampton so i would be looking for an RV farther out in the channel. But Portland would be good for those coming from the West.

Keep the ideas coming.

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Although not a RIB'er anymore I quite fancy the trip over in my boat. Please keep me in touch with plans.

Will start from Poole.

Have done the trip a few times myself and it's a great island, although the locals are a bit strange

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Old 19 December 2006, 14:13   #54
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Mark,

Have you got a pic of your boat ! Sounds mighty big
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ere you go....

She is quite an old boat but really fantastic to handle

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Mark,

Thats it your welcome to join us. We might slow you down tho.


PS. Can I have a little ride in your boat
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As for meeting off Portland Race that would be quite an excursion from Southampton so i would be looking for an RV farther out in the channel. But Portland would be good for those coming from the West.
Thats fine, I was just refering to the fact that it's more often that not pretty snotty in there....! mid way is fine
I'll chase him up for digs around the Islands and Will set about rallying the troops for the 16-17 june.
Weather permitting this could be a blast!
[also, that Hunton is AWESOME!]
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............. although the locals are a bit strange

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For someone who has exchanged his perfectly good Scorpion RIB for a plastic boat, who is calling who strange?
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Old 20 December 2006, 13:01   #59
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For someone who has exchanged his perfectly good Scorpion RIB for a plastic boat, who is calling who strange?
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Old 20 December 2006, 19:26   #60
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Hi, haven't checked this thread for a while. Is everyone still up for going on the 16th/17th June next year? Is there a list yet of people who are putting their name down to go? I've got my rib now so i'm a deffo. I'm probably out nearly every weekend now!! I can't get enough and i need the experience.
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