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Old 17 April 2013, 21:39   #81
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The crossing from Cushendall to Port Askaig is approx 47Nm, the last bit well sheltered. I would expect a trip duration of around 2.5 hours or less. Can anyone tell us what's happening tidewise in the North Channel that afternoon - maybe we can pick a good time to leave at? On that note - how flexible is everyone on the Friday? Maybe all post your earliest possible departure time and we'll work up a plan.

As previously stated, there is Petrol and Automotive Diesel on pump in Port Askaig. You will need cans to transfer.

Feel free to PM me to discuss your arrangements/requirements.
Port Askaig it is then.
Any time suits me on Friday.
Low Water in channel is 13.30 - H.W. 19.55 (3.2m)
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Port Askaig fine with me. I'll follow the crowd!

Had planned on camping - as it seems all my funds will be going in the fuel tank

Departure time, would say it would be 1500-1530 by the time I get to cushendahl? [i working until 1230]

At the moment it's me +1 crew
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Old 17 April 2013, 23:18   #83
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Can anyone tell us what's happening tidewise in the North Channel that afternoon
Ask and you shall receive oh Masterful one.

This tidal atlas diagram shows the flow @ approx 1630 on Fri 2th May and as it is neaps - the rate will be 1.2 knots approx SE.

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@ 1530 1.3 knots approx SE
@ 1730 0.8 knots approx SE

All of which is nay bother which leaves our departure time to suit the flotilla.

Well done on the spade work on the accomodation

I would be happy to go for the single room in Port Askaig if it was available

If all goes according to plan I hope to be up in Cushendall early morning so flexible on ETD.
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My contact at the hotel is not available today - so hold fire on trying to make bookings until I get her organised.

Thanks for the tidal data guys - looks nice and flexible.
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My contact at the hotel is not available today - so hold fire on trying to make bookings until I get her organised.

Thanks for the tidal data guys - looks nice and flexible.
Your usual charm offensive didn't work she's done a runner!!

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Your usual charm offensive didn't work she's done a runner!!
Worse actually. She managed to get the date mixed up, she thought that I wanted the Saturday. When I emailed her the confirmation this morning, she told me that she had NO ROOMS on Friday 3. I'm very disappointed and can only apologise to you all. So far as I can see, there isn't a stock of accommodation in either port sufficient for our needs.

Having calmed down a touch, I can now only suggest two plans:

Plan 1. We depart Cushendall in good time on Friday (under way 1200-1300 latest) and do what we did the last two years - cruise to Easdale with a break for food and fuel in Craighouse, Jura. First leg is 46Nm, second 30Nm. Arrival in Easdale in time to get squared away and dine - I'd suggest the Oyster Bar, saving the Puffer for the gathering on Saturday. One advantage is that we are with the main group from the start on Saturday and if their plans change, we're included.

Plan 2. We leave at 0900 on Saturday and cruise directly to Loch Tarbert on the west coast of Jura to meet the main group. I'm not keen on this plan - it's a very long day and the best bits are at the end when one would be done in.

TBH, I'm fairly scunnered at this point, but a wee drachm will solve that.
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Worse actually. She managed to get the date mixed up, she thought that I wanted the Saturday. When I emailed her the confirmation this morning, she told me that she had NO ROOMS on Friday 3. I'm very disappointed and can only apologise to you all. So far as I can see, there isn't a stock of accommodation in either port sufficient for our needs.

Having calmed down a touch, I can now only suggest two plans:

Plan 1. We depart Cushendall in good time on Friday (under way 1200-1300 latest) and do what we did the last two years - cruise to Easdale with a break for food and fuel in Craighouse, Jura. First leg is 46Nm, second 30Nm. Arrival in Easdale in time to get squared away and dine - I'd suggest the Oyster Bar, saving the Puffer for the gathering on Saturday. One advantage is that we are with the main group from the start on Saturday and if their plans change, we're included.

Plan 2. We leave at 0900 on Saturday and cruise directly to Loch Tarbert on the west coast of Jura to meet the main group. I'm not keen on this plan - it's a very long day and the best bits are at the end when one would be done in.

TBH, I'm fairly scunnered at this point, but a wee drachm will solve that.
Willk. Let me know numbers and ill do the food booking I agree Ouster Fri and Puffer Sat with the whole group for the craic. We will wait in Tay for your shout but wx really good might pop over to Craighouse for lunch. Keeper posted. By my way there's only one plan Easdale Fri.
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Anyway - moving on

Whatever happens, I'll like to gather some information from the skippers to add to my general passage plan. If you wouldn't mind I'd like the following (by PM):

1. Callsign
2. MMSI
3. Skipper's mobile number (some I have)
4. Boat make, colour (tubes/hull) and length

I intend to pull something together and share it between boats I'll confirm overall PAX on the day and place a group TR with Belfast CG. Be aware that mobile comms are patchy on the west coast and depending on your network, non-existent in Easdale. There is no cash machine or fuel in Easdale. Campers should bring EXTRA comfy groundmats or inflatable beds. And a lump hammer.
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RE: Moving On

Slight change of plans at my end as well,I won't be leaving Cork until approx 6 pm on Thursday night plan to travel at least as far as Dublin maybe further depending on progress,
whatever I will aim to be in Cushendall to suit a lunchtime Friday departure.

Plan to travel to Easdale on the Fri. looks good to me as Willk has said if their is a change of plans at that end on the Sat. we will be included.


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Anyway - moving on

Whatever happens, I'll like to gather some information from the skippers to add to my general passage plan. If you wouldn't mind I'd like the following:

1. Callsign
2. MMSI
3. Skipper's mobile number (some I have)
4. Boat make, colour (tubes/hull) and length

I intend to pull something together and share it between boats I'll confirm overall PAX on the day and place a group TR with Belfast CG. Be aware that mobile comms are patchy on the west coast and depending on your network, non-existent in Easdale. There is no cash machine or fuel in Easdale. Campers should bring EXTRA comfy groundmats or inflatable beds. And a lump hammer.
Keep me in the loop re your working channel.

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Keep me in the loop re your working channel.
I thought that Tradition had us hailing you on random channels while you ran up and down the headland with your handheld?

Seriously though, I'll sort all that and more. You can PM your details to me too, BTW, as you'll be included in the plan. Can't lose you....
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I thought that Tradition had us hailing you on random channels while you ran up and down the headland with your handheld?

Seriously though, I'll sort all that and more. You can PM your details to me too, BTW, as you'll be included in the plan. Can't lose you....
Jesus ill never live that down!! You buggers just didn't answer me!
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Slight change of plans at my end as well,I won't be leaving Cork until approx 6 pm on Thursday night plan to travel at least as far as Dublin maybe further depending on progress,
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Fair play to you Liam - thats a long haul

There is a Applegreen service station just north of Dublin on the M1 which is a popular overnight resting halt for truckers if want somewhere to get a few hours kip.

Contrary to the popular wisdom expressed here I always tow my rigs to Redbay via the A43 from Ballymena.

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Would the White Harte Hotel in Port Ellen be worth a try. Never was in it.
Its opposite side of the town.
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Fair play to you Liam - thats a long haul

There is a Applegreen service station just north of Dublin on the M1 which is a popular overnight resting halt for truckers if want somewhere to get a few hours kip.

Contrary to the popular wisdom expressed here I always tow my rigs to Redbay via the A43 from Ballymena.

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Agree - A43 (Cushendall/Waterfoot Road) better than the coast road.
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Thanks Ribochet

I know the Applegreen site,will probably stop there to refuel jeep and body..looking forward to weekend and meeting up with the crew.

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Contrary to the popular wisdom expressed here I always tow my rigs to Redbay via the A43 from Ballymena.
Ballah-main-ah, hi!

You're the Man on the Ground Joe - you should know. I generally begin my Final Approach from the north so I'm clueless, TBH.
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Would the White Harte Hotel in Port Ellen be worth a try. Never was in it.
Its opposite side of the town.
I've been in the White Hart. It's not pretty . My skipper has ruled out Port Ellen for this trip and I have to agree with him, it doesn't fit the plan for a number of reasons.

BTW, there is a new hotel in PE, called the Islay Hotel (just before the White Hart). It looks pretty good. I had a chat with them today, as I pondered my options.

They're full
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