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Old 22 June 2012, 12:02   #81
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Boatmad website confirms that they are en-route to Swansea for to-morrow morning's meeting with the kids and the charities, which I understand is their main priority throughout the trip.
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Old 22 June 2012, 12:03   #82
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Just got off the phone with Cookee and Kitten, and they've asked me to let people know that a decision to abandon todayís leg was taken due to the weather and sea state.

After sticking the nose out of Newlyn Harbour this morning it was decided that there was no point in risking life and equipment at this early point in the challenge, this coupled with the fact that the winner of the forth chair was a no show, no pay!
The decision was taken to meet up with the support crew at Plymouth and trailer the boat to the start of the next leg.
Iím sure when John is able he will be along to give the full story on todayís events.

The second hard decision to make today was how long to leave you lot to your imaginations
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Old 22 June 2012, 12:05   #83
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Thanks, a mate of mine is ona leg and in his car en route to Portsmouth, he left thinking the trip had been abandoned, I just called him to say it seems all is well, just a bit of confusion around the wording of 'around Britain', but as you say the charity side is the important bit
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Just got off the phone with Cookee and Kitten, and they've asked me to let people know that a decision to abandon todayís leg was taken due to the weather and sea state.

After sticking the nose out of Newlyn Harbour this morning it was decided that there was no point in risking life and equipment at this early point in the challenge, this coupled with the fact that the winner of the forth chair was a no show, no pay!
The decision was taken to meet up with the support crew at Plymouth and trailer the boat to the start of the next leg.
Iím sure when John is able he will be along to give the full story on todayís events.

The second hard decision to make today was how long to leave you lot to your imaginations
Well that all makes more sense, an update would have been nice, but as you said it got the imaginations going from being nicked to someone off for a dirty weekend with the tracker in their bag

Thanks, will update my mate
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Well that all makes more sense, an update would have been nice
I think it's been a bit of a hectic day!
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Looks that way, at least plan B is keeping them on track for others to enjoy their trip and not letting those from the charities down
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Looks that way, at least plan B is keeping them on track for others to enjoy their trip and not letting those from the charities down
Always good to have a plan B
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I don't mean to be nosey, but WTF is towing it up the M5?
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The short version of yesterday is that Lands End was very big indeed and there was no way we could think of getting round in a force 7 gusting 8 -. We made the decision to meet our tow vehicle (thanks Kitten and Nick) at QAB Plymouth 70 miles from Newlyn and tow the boat to Swansea. Since then we have been trying to sort out a safe way of getting to Douglas but it just isn't going to happen with winds up to 30 knots so we are trailering up the motorway. We are considering launching tomorrow morning somewhere up North so that we can try to arrive by water in Troon so if anyone has a good idea for launch spots let us know!
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Hi Cookee. Welcome to the real world of Offshore Boating. Now you know why we build the types of boat we use so we can goo to sea in the sort of conditions that are stopping you. I must say, you are not lucky with the weather and it doesnt look like its goingto get much better. Alan P
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Dave Mallett is probably one of most experienced operators in the NW, he will know the best launching sites. Are you there Dave ???
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Great of you to keep to the timetable by whatever means, I'm sure it will come good soon and lots of people will benefit from your sterling effort, good on you!
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The short version of yesterday is that Lands End was very big indeed and there was no way we could think of getting round in a force 7 gusting 8 -. We made the decision to meet our tow vehicle (thanks Kitten and Nick) at QAB Plymouth 70 miles from Newlyn and tow the boat to Swansea. Since then we have been trying to sort out a safe way of getting to Douglas but it just isn't going to happen with winds up to 30 knots so we are trailering up the motorway. We are considering launching tomorrow morning somewhere up North so that we can try to arrive by water in Troon so if anyone has a good idea for launch spots let us know!
Cookee, is launching onto the Mersey any good for you tommorrow.

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Cookee, is launching onto the Mersey any good for you tommorrow.

http://www.rib.net/forum/f18/menai-2...tml#post470527

if it is let Nat know
Thinking of Stanrear further up at the moment - we're on the M5 now so doing reasonably well, traffic is our next problem!
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Thinking of Stanrear further up at the moment - we're on the M5 now so doing reasonably well, traffic is our next problem!
yes, guessed you would want to be further north, good luck with the M5 & M6, and the rest of the trip
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yes, guessed you would want to be further north, good luck with the M5 & M6, and the rest of the trip
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It would be great to see (if possible) a photo of the boat on its trailer. Must look a great sight.
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It would be great to see (if possible) a photo of the boat on its trailer. Must look a great sight.
I gave it ten mins looking for them on the traffic cams but no luck.
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Nice to see BananaShark back on the water, enjoy the rest of your trip Cookee.
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None more gutted than the crew but the weather requires respect!

Current update (from the pub):

We have now made it to Troon ready for our trip to Fort William and the Caledonian Canal tomorrow. We will spend the night on the Canal and arrive in Inverness on Tuesday to start the long journey South. The sun is shining and the wind is dropping so it's all good!
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