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Old 13 August 2017, 15:28   #1
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Lunasea goes to Iow

Following an awful week in Dartmouth at the nd of July, we and Lunasea have ventured over to he IoW for a week, and in 28 hours have done more boating than the entire week in Devon.

Launched at MDL Mercury on th Hamble lunchtime yesterday - after a long delay on the A34- Mrs T made the ferry with about 1minute to spare

We bimbled down the Hamble (hadn't realised how narrow the channel is further up), then into a fresh Northerly in Southampton Water, and had an hour of fun and spray waiting for the Red Funnel with Mrs T and the car to reach Cowes.

Have nice berth in East Cowes Marina - very friendly people, and have nice static caraven at Waverely Park overlooking the water.

Ran down to the Needles today - sea was quite lively, wind against tide this morning, not helped by large Sunseekers / Princesses cutting close with mega-washes with little regard for anyone else!

Wheatsheaf for lunch - where else? (Nachos) and came back to find a further 5 rafted outside of use - made getting out interesting! Then a smooth run back with a beer at the the Lifeboat after tying up (can anyone tell me why the Lifeboat pub has a lighhouse as its logo?). Good day out.

Now planning next few days' jaunts over a glass of red, with a measure of Bunnahabhain to follow ...a jolly to the Folly at some stage - maybe an evening cruise, run to Bembridge, fishing off the Forts....all options depending on weather

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Old 14 August 2017, 15:18   #2
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Sounds like a better week to me then your last then bud

We managed 150nm ish running around the Falmouth area - in everything from bright sunshine to really, and I mean really heavy rain.

1.64 a litre, should have taken that can!!
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Old 15 August 2017, 03:15   #3
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Hi Andy,
Sounds like you had a good week in Falmouth- we've covered 90NM in 2 1/2 days.

Glad I brought a couple of 20l cans with me- closest petrol station 1.22/l - fuel barge 1.35/l. Seem to be running at c.0.8l/NM with 4 up. Decided to ensure tank was fully topped up, as base for the week, so pulled up to fuel barge to find she'd only take 7l - must be the lowest transaction they did all day.

Pleasant runyesterday, round to Shanklin, then into Bembridge snaking in along the channel as a long procession of yachts were leaving.
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Sounds like a better week to me then your last then bud

We managed 150nm ish running around the Falmouth area - in everything from bright sunshine to really, and I mean really heavy rain.

1.64 a litre, should have taken that can!!
That's criminal!
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Criminal? How about 1.90 then?
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Criminal? How about 1.90 then?
That's a big ouch!
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Old 15 August 2017, 14:24   #7
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Criminal? How about 1.90 then?
Where's that then?
Won't take long to pay for some 20l cans at those prices..
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Where's that then?
Won't take long to pay for some 20l cans at those prices..
Get the black 10 ltr cans (can actually fit about 11.5 ltr in them) They are much easier to handle and store on the boat or in the car.


2 People can easily carry 45 ltrs


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Well, coming toward the end of our week on IoW, and still lots we haven't done. Weathr's been good, although a littlre breezy at times for Mrs T & the teen terriers.

Sat-Wed covered 143NM using 111l of fuel cruising generally 4up @ 23kts, but maxing at 39.9kts - 0.77l NM.

Explored new places from Bembridge through to Newtown Creek and Alum Bay, had good wander round Yarmouth - further than the Wheatsheaf! and found excellent take out fish & chips at the Blue Crab. Very pricey stop at the Folly for a beer (note might we worth it for a meal, but menu didn't look that inspiring).

Haven't got to Lymington or Chichester, or other places - means we'll have to come back for another week at some point.

Camp site at Waverley Park, just the job. East Cowes Marina also good place to park the boat - excellet food and good beer at the Lifeboat.

People wanteda break from boating yesterday so went to Portsmouth Dockyard via the Hovercraft to Southsea, and went round the the Marie Rose Museum- absoluteely facinating & well worth a visit - then HMS Victory - with agood view of the QE from the deck.

Another shore day today - winds 20mph+ Westerly, then pack up this evening, with a final blast over the Solent to recover on Hamble lunchtime tomorrow. Then home and good washdown.
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Sounds like a cracking week - pleased for you bud
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iow sunday 13th

We were anchored up in alum bay ,when lunacy came in, yes was a bit lively round needles ,but nice run back to pompey,
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Yes, I thought 7 to moor at the folly was quite steep given that there is only the pub there. Still a nice spot though.
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We were anchored up in alum bay ,when lunacy came in, yes was a bit lively round needles ,but nice run back to pompey,
Hi Trevor,
Didn't realise you were one of the Ribs in Alum Bay on Sun. It was a bit lively - getting to where the crew was the point on not enjoying the seas - so didn't hang around too long.... lunch at the Wheatsheaf was far more attractive to them instead than wave jumping around the Needles
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This place is well worth a visit if you get time. http://www.sirmaxaitkenmuseum.org
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