from the main SOC thread:
INFORMATION PAGE ONE:
GETTING THERE - TO CARDIFF
By Train / bus / public transport:
You will arrive at Central Station(hopefully, if you have not been sleeping)
Taxi - to your hotel, CBYC or The Tube - will set you back about £3-4.00 depending on the traffic.
Tell the driver you want to go to Cardiff Bay Visitors Centre- he should know where that is.
Bus - to your hotel, CBYC or The Tube - take the #8 to Cardiff Bay / Mermaid Quay.
Get off at The Packet pub. Cost 60 pence single. Take correct money. Times of buses Mon - Fri about every 15-20 mins.
10:02/10:17/10:32/10:47 untill 18:17 - then its not that regular.
Sat about every 20 mins 08:14/08:34/08:54 untill 18:45
Sunday every hour 07:43/08:43/09:43/10:43/ then 10:45/11:15 (anything after that you may miss the send off!)
On foot - to your hotel, CBYC, The Tube - will take you about 20-30 mins depending on your stride.
If you get lost or end up in a strange lane, call me 07811553925
By car / road: Call me when you get here, and I can help, advise / meet you!(by jnct 33)
M4 Junction 33. Take the A4232 for 9 miles.
To CBYC - take exit marked Penarth / Barry. Stay on the left sliproad, and head towards ASDA. At roundabout, turn right, and next roundabout, turn right, and go under dual carriageway just exited. Go through the security gate - the guy will be aware there are a number of boats arriving, and if I have had your details, he will know your car reg and your boat! And perhaps even look out for the RIBNET sticker. Follow road to end - CBYC.
Park, launch, have a drink. Come and see us and party.
(I will take all monies for the CBYC and square up with them direct - saves you some hassle) The CBYC will know you are arriving as well. Please stay on the main / access roads - there is a bit of construction going on and there may be some heavy traffic at times. Do not park on the road, please. If the CBYC car park become full, I have an alternative safe car park we can use for trailers and parking. If you are happy to keep boat in water, once launched, I will stick note on here tomorrow, once I have seen CBYC in the am and arranged exact site location for us - he was going to move some boats so we could all be together.
Postcode of CBYC is CF11 0JL
To Tube- stay on the dual carriageway, go through the tunnel, at roundabout take last exit left. At traffic lights turn right. (big office block The Point on your right) Straight on over the next light. At next traffic light (Assembly building on your left,) turn left and follow road . You will pass Roath Basin, see The Waterguard Pub on your left. At T- Junction, turn left and you will see Tube. Postcode of Tube is CF10 4PA
To Hotel- you will have to sort that one out as people are staying in different location.
For Hanover and Holiday Inn Express / Schooner Way.
Go through Tunnel as above, at roundabout turn left and keep on left slipway. You will see County Hall on your right and UCI Atlantic Wharf Entertainment Complex on your left. At roundabout turn 2nd left. Then next right into Schooner way. After about half a mile you will see the Holiday Inn Express Schooner way on your right, after about a mile and a half, you will see Hanover Hotel on your left.
Postcode for Hanover Hotel CF10 4RT
Postcode for Holiday Inn Express, Schooner Way - CF10 4EE
IF YOU GET LOST CALL ME, I WILL TRY AND DIRECT YOU. WILL HAVE PHONE ON 24 HRS - 07811553925 - I AM HERE TO HELP(YOU DRINK THE BEER!)
You lot know your way around the waters anyway. Check Chart for Bristol Channel.
About 5 miles out of Cardiff, let Barrage Control know, Channel 18. They need about a 15 minute prep time. They will also need to know your draft. Approach - head round the outer Wrach bouy, and go towards the Wrach channel. Keep porthand bouy clear, and watch for South Cardinal Bouy, pass 2nd port bouy and keep in the middle of port and starboard bouys - can get a bit shallow esp in half water. Red lights mean no entry/ two green and white in the middle, come in under intructions, all three green, clear to come in. Locking in is on the quarter to and quarter past the hour, locking out on the half and full hour. Lock one is out of action - the lock gates are permanently open, but do not enter this one, you will get into trouble. Lock 2 and 3 are fine.All locks are clearly numbered. when you come in off the Bristol Channel, Lock one is on the far right, 2 in the middle - duh, and lock 3 on the far left - me thinks.The Pride of Bristol will need to come in lock 3 because of its draft. Barrage control will advise anyway. All locks are 40 metres long and 10.5 metres wide barrel. (although, they only have an 8 metre entrance) If your VHF does not work, tel number for Barrage Control is 029 20700234.
They will also have a list of arriving boats and will hopefully be expecting you with welcoming arms.
Once out the Barrage, the CBYC is ahead of you but slightly to the right. On the far left you have Penarth Marina channel 80.
Then you have the estuary for the River Ely, head that way. CBYC on the right then. Clubhouse fairly easily spotted. Quite a few boats on moorings there, so beware. Mooring bouys are not connected, so they say!!!
Channel 37 or tel number 02920666627 / Barrie 007773462769
Moor up, if you arrive Friday night, check out the Clubhouse bar,
All facilities available for us to use for the duration of the week-end. Will get security gate pass checked out tomorrow for 24 hr access.
AGAIN, CALL ME IF ANY PROBLEMS 07811553925
Available at Penarth Marina. Channel 80 or tel 02920705021
Sat and Sunday only 09:00 - 17:00
Diesel 32 pence per litre / petrol 88 pence per litre.
Please please please, keep 3,000 litres of diesel for the SOC for sunday!!!
Food and drink supplies, available at ASDA or at the pub!!!
Right then, you have arrived!
Oh, for the really posh:
By plane: Arrive at Cardiff Airport, get a taxi to the city - cost about £20.00 . Call me!!
By helicopter - arrive at heliport in the docks and get a taxi.
By bicycle / motorbike: was that an option for anyone?
Watch out for next information page.