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Old 09-08-2007, 10:31
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11th & 12th August

Who's around?

Nick has some how persuaded me to bring the skies and wakeboard out on Saturday.

Graham are you up for a second outing on your skies?????


Is anyone else around for some fun?

Will also have the big inflatable donut out as well
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Old 09-08-2007, 20:28
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Re: 11th & 12th August

High tide 11.05am should be good till about 3.00 to 3.30ish with the new low bar.

Hope to be comming down. If reasonably calm thinking of popping round Sellsy Bill and look at the Solent, depending on what time we get away.
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Old 12-08-2007, 23:05
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Re: 11th & 12th August

Oh Well 'The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.'

After many months of my ageing parents saying they would really enjoy a day out on my boat. Mary thought it a good idea to invite them along with us this weekend.

Now my mum and dad are in their eightys are really quite frail now. So I was a little worried at the prospect. However it was sunny no wind my mum was bring ing along a picnic so Mary kept assuring me it would be fine.

For one reason or other it took almost two hours to drive the 45 miles to LM. Boat in water fueled up and ready to go. But no we went into the cafe for tea and a sandwich. Then everybody needed a further half hour toilet break.

We eventually got to the pontoon by the boat and my dad is worried about the comitting step onto the boat, but with help from me and Ed hes on, now my mum got on the boat OK but standing on the rear sunbed unable to step down into the boat as she had replacement knees last year and the 18 inch step down was more than her knees could bend. Ed made an impromptu step so now we are all on the boat and off we go.
Mary and me thought we were setting off up the river, but mum and dad wanted to go out to sea for a run up the coast. It had all taken so long now that the tide had turned and was now starting to go out. But we could be out for a couple of hours. So I turn towards the sea and all is well.

As we pull out of the harbour entrance I see Ian and Graham comming in on 'Scoobe Doo' pleasantries done we're off towards Bognor. Now Salamis gets on the plane at 13kts and mum and dad are sitting on the sunbed which does not have a back rest. At 9kts there is a distinct moaning noise from behind me. I look around to sea my parenta laying flat out and legs off the deck. " Can we go a little slower" mum asks. 6kts is the fastest we can go.

Its decided that we go out further to sea and cut the engine for lunch as it was so nice. pasties sanwiches tea and coffee mum had done us proud. As we start clearing up ready for a run in the wind built up and a swell started to push the boat about, this made dad go to sleep on the crew seat and mum for the first time in her life got sea sickness and starts to look very unwell. In these situations its best to get the engine started and get the boat moving. Mum was a lot better in no time. We had about 1.5 to 2 miles run into Littlehampton at 6kts. Water over the bar was a little critical and many boats were going in at speed so I hung back aware that mum was still feeling unwell and I didn't wat to get too buzzed by them passing us. The tide comming out of the river mouth was at full flow so at 3000rpm we were down to 3kts. This was when a 30/40ft fishing boat overtook us going quite a bit faster than we were. Because of the tidal flow it left behind it a 2meter swell which we then dropped into. Also by now two more boats had joined in behind us and it became very hard for all three of us dealing with the water flow and the very disturbed water from the big fishing boat. The only way to deal safely with this situation was to wack open the throttle and get on the plane to retake the fishing boat who was pulling over to the east bank which is what the other two boats behind also did.

On the plane and making good progress ironically showed a GPS speed log of 6.5 kts technally I'm not speeding, but this did not stop some jobber on the Quay to shout out that I should slow down. We get back to the marina get mum and dad off the boat and go home.

I felt bad because I was convised that I gave mum and dad one of the worsed days of their lives, and that they seemed to hate every minute but Mary said she seemed to think they had a good time all in all.

Today mum and dad took us out to lunch to the local carvery as a thank you for a really great day out on the boat. Dad said to me he was impressed how I delt with the river and getting passed the fishing boat and that it was good when it was up on the plane and speeded up, and why didn't I do more of that when we were out to sea?

I conclude that even if you are sure its all going to pot those around you could still be having a great time, and next time we are definately going up river !!
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Old 12-08-2007, 23:13
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Re: 11th & 12th August

Well at least they enjoyed themselves Robbie, thats the crucial bit.

Yes was a good day on Saturday.
There were 5 boats out with various items being towed behind. Graham even managed to get me waterskiing but have to say am very rusty and not at all fit. So after 1 go that was me done for.

But i had the large inflatable deck out and managed to enjoy that. Even lost Nick a few times by going round tightly

Hopefully there will be a few more weekends like that still to come

Graham tookk some photo's so hope to see thoses here some time
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Old 13-08-2007, 21:02
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Re: 11th & 12th August

Robbie, enjoyed reading your account of your trip with the whole family on board. Hope they all had fun, and it was good to see you back sound.

I had a great time too waterskiing and being bashed to bits on that rather inocuous looking inflatable pancake thing !!!

I did the sensible thing and held on to the camera so as not to get too embarrassed by the pictures. Here are the ones of Ian's party and some of the other boats out playing too :-
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