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Old 28 December 2020, 12:47   #1
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Isles of scilly trip

Hi all, im looking at planning a falmouth to Isles of scilly trip when the weather gets better, probably during summer, camp over 1 night and head back next day, are there any people that would be interesting in making this a thing? Or fancy ribbing along side?
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I think a few of us have it on our "to do" list.

Covid, dates, and weather permitting you should have some company.
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Cool , I thought it might be of interest and its always more the merrier and having a group would be safer too, just at planning stage so if anyone who has done it before can help there too would be great. Definitely see how things go Covid wise etc then will look at dates etc
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If the dates match the diary, which always seems to be the pain, then company will be found
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Very Interested.

Other trips in the thought stage are the Red Sands Forts, Launch from Greenwich and around the Isle of Wight launching from somewhere practical.
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If the dates match the diary, which always seems to be the pain, then company will be found
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I'll keep an eye on this one
...always up for a Scillies run
Where/Which Island you thinking of Camping?...
I know a nice cheap (rare on the Scillies) B&B
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If the dates fit I would be interested
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I'd love to do this in company and weather permitting.
On my to do list
I'd be interested in dates etc...
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...always up for a Scillies run
Where/Which Island you thinking of Camping?...
I know a nice cheap (rare on the Scillies) B&B



Definitely on my to do list - if scheduled when the Azores high pressure is in charge I'm sure I'll have a RIB full of passengers.


Also, interested in the cheap B&B - my wife does not do camping...



@Maximus, are you willing to share the B&B name so I can look them up?


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Isles of Scilly trip.

This one is well worth doing especially from Falmouth which is close enough for it to be "do-able" in 1/2 day but far enough to be an excellent adventure.

I have done it 3 times by boat (only once in my 5.6 metre rib) from Swansea, a 260 NM round trip. The other two times were on a sailing boat, a 2 day trip one way, and delivering a 23ft Arvour to a friend of mine on Scilly, that one took a whole day. All three from Swansea.

Biggest issue for me was fuel, no problem with the sailing boat and I took enough diesel with me to deliver the Arvour. With the RIB, I had to call in to Padstow and find someone willing to take me and 4 jerry cans to a fuel station (taxis wouldn't carry the petrol) whole thing cost me about 4 hrs but still made St Mary's by 6.0pm, having left Swansea at 7.00am.

Vital that you have good forecast for both outward and return, you get the full brunt of Atlantic sou'westerlies, if they are blowing, and you really shouldn't attempt it in anything other than very favourable forecasts.

The other important thing to consider is fuel when you get there. As well as being, eye-wateringly, expensive, the fuel pumps at St Mary's harbour (the only place where you can easily get petrol or diesel), is shut from Saturday lunchtime until Monday morning. Might make a weekend trip difficult.

If you manage to arrange it and you get to Scilly, it is a fantastic destination and it would be a shame not to have at least one full day exploring the islands. Me and my family absolutely love it and used to visit twice a year for over 20 years. Do your planning and go and Scilly will not disappoint.

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Definitely on my to do list - if scheduled when the Azores high pressure is in charge I'm sure I'll have a RIB full of passengers.


Also, interested in the cheap B&B - my wife does not do camping...



@Maximus, are you willing to share the B&B name so I can look them up?


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If the dates fit I would be interested
Dates for a Run over are by definition always somewhat last minute for obvious reasons ...so my advice (after numerous trips) gear up ...get things fetteled and be READY for when conditions present themselves.
Choices of Camping....staying aboard your Boat....or seeking accommodation ect as well as .....location...moorings... Tenders...Camping gear ect should be considered and planned well before hand...it's simple enough and a lovely location/destination...
and well worth the Trip!
Tidal range and strength can both be Huge!... So Big Springs are not favourite.
I would be traveling from Taunton area and would be happy to meet others enroute for the trip down...or if anyone is traveling from further afield could possibly help with accomadtion.
Personally my favourite enbarcation point is Penzance although I have done if from Padstowe ...The Bristol Chanell and indeed Falmouth in the recent past.
With fuel always an issue especially for smaller Ribs it's a shorter run and also (although it may sound counter intuitive) you find you have more time to take in the lovely scenery ...and explore the coast in a bit more detail than if you "straight line" it on a longer trip.
Hope this helps.
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Did it back in July 2005 from Mylor Yacht Harbour.
Friday drove down to Mylor and launched the RIB - overnight mooring afloat and B&B nearby. Trailer and tow vehicle parked up at Mylor Yacht Harbour.
Saturday 1000 RV off St Mawes - 3 RIBs in total, my 6.5 Scorpion, a Pacific 22 and a 9M Cabin Ribtec.
3hrs to do the 60 miles to St Marys.
We camped as at that time to book a hotel or B&B you had to pay almost all upfront and no refunds if you cancelled due to weather.
Sunday touring the Islands.
Monday Morning refuel (It was 118p/ litre even back then!) and then straight back to Mylor. Recover to the trailer and then long drive back to Southampton.

It was a fantastic trip and amazing that although booked a while in advance the weather was perfect - flat calm, 20 degrees and good visibility.

I think it was organised on this site - I'll see if I can find the thread.

Here it is: https://www.rib.net/forum/f18/scilli...05-a-8275.html
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I would be up for that and now a few others that would come along as well...Probably go from Penzance though.
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Would welcome the opportunity to run in company. Mid to late June or early July would be good.
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Weather window and fuel would e my, concerns so would want to jump off with shortest distance for the actual transit - this might be launching further up the coasts but overnighting / refuelling in Penzance / Newlyn before making the final passage.
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I'd love to do it, but with a small baby now at home, not sure it's going to be possible! I'll keep my eyes on the thread though.

I did Poole -> Newlyn -> Poole a few years back in the RIB over an August bank holiday, and that was a great trip, even in some fairly bad weather. Have taken the sailing yacht over to Scilly several times and spent a couple of weeks exploring the islands, but haven't yet done that last jump in the RIB. Definitely well worth the visit if you've never been there, an absolutely amazing place, and I will certainly be going back when times permit.

Lakelandterrier - last time I was there, neither Newlyn nor Penzance had petrol facilities alongside, and it would be a jerry can job to the local garages that are fairly close by.
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Hi all, im looking at planning a falmouth to Isles of scilly trip when the weather gets better, probably during summer, camp over 1 night and head back next day, are there any people that would be interesting in making this a thing? Or fancy ribbing along side?
Hey Mikey,

With out doubt listen to Maximus! He and his wife were good enough to escort us over last August just aftet the first lockdown.

I cant thank them enough for leading us clear of danger and showing us safe passage on our maiden voyage to the Scillies.

We left late, stayed too long in the pub and made it back to Fal in a single day - 23:00 ish LOL!

Great company, first class mariner and now a freind! RibNet is great for meeting like minded nutters!
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I’d love to do this, I’d be travelling down from Essex so a bit of a trip but one I’m definitely up for as would one of my regular crew.
I’m more of a van camper but I think camping on the beach could be part of the experience on this one.
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Very Interested.

Other trips in the thought stage are the Red Sands Forts, Launch from Greenwich and around the Isle of Wight launching from somewhere practical.
Might be easier to launch from Brightlingsea, nice easy launch and possibly closer to the forts.
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