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Old 06-05-2006, 19:25
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A Bit of a cruise

I am planning to round Selsey Bill on Monday and have a trip in to the Solent, with an overnight maybe on IOW. I'm putting a route into the GPS that goes as far as the Needles and back to Cowes for the night, may be a bit ambious but we'll see.

Of course since planning the trip with my mate Carl and booking the time off, the weather forcast has deteriorated some. Its gone from sunny to wet over the last few days so its still got time to change back again hopefully.

Has anyone stopped over in Island Harbour Marina its about a mile up Cowes river. Or the Cowes Yatch Club. Hopefully we will pull into one or the other.

I'm going to brim the tank before leaving with a 20lt jerry can in reserve, and fill back up for the home run oh and my johson 4hp £40 bargain will be on the back as well. I think I've covered all the safety issues. It will be interesting to see how much fuel I get through.

I just hope it isn't a case of leaving all dressed up and back again an hour later.
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Old 07-05-2006, 21:22
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Re: A Bit of a cruise

Robbie, nice trip and I am sure you will enjoy it. Have done it several times and only late this afternoon we got back from Yarmouth have been as far as Poole on Saturday.

I guess you will take the route via the Looe Channel

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Old 07-05-2006, 21:53
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Re: A Bit of a cruise

Definately going through Looe channal as too far out to go round. I've had charts GPS and all out over the floor today and now Winner and Spithead bouys' are in as waypoints but from there in I'll wing it with the chart and GPS.

I just hope the boat still floats with all the gear I'm taking, but have to say I am looking forward to the egg and bacon sandwiches for breakfast.
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Old 08-05-2006, 08:50
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eagerly await a report of your journey Robbie.

Sounds like you have done all you can on the planning front just hope the weather is good for you
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Old 09-05-2006, 18:44
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Re: A Bit of a cruise

Well we made it to the needles overnight in Cowes and back to LM by 11-00am this morrning. Salamis made the 101.4 nm journey and didn't miss a beat.

We left in light rain but this cleared quickly for good weather and a good run through Looe Channal. The two bouys' 'Street' and 'Boulder' were a welcome sight. Then a dash down the west Solent. The new Spinniker tower at Portsmouth can be seen for miles then passed Cowes and down the east Solent to the Needles and a bit of a race with a blue RIB.

I haven't seen the Needles this close before so we went around to the other side and took loads of pictures.

Back to Cowes for a mooring. Motor Boats Monthly ran an article this month saying that a pleasant welcome would await mariners at the 'Island Sailing Club' who very ungraciously told us to push off "members only no mooring for visitors leave our pontoon now".
But a 'really nice man' from the Royal Yatch Squadron (RYS) pulled alongside and suggested we go up river to the Folly Inn. What a great place (very popular). So evening meal and a couple of beers later we slept to wake around 6-00am and cooked up bacon and egg sandwiches. Quick poo in the excellent toilet and shower block and off to the fuelling pontoon by 8-00am.

We took from 8-30 to 11-00 to get back to LM
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Old 09-05-2006, 18:48
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Old 09-05-2006, 22:24
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Robbie

well done

I take off my hat to you and

superb shots and I am sure a lot of memories now.
The question would you do it again? I am sure you will
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Old 09-05-2006, 22:48
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Robbie, looks like a superb trip. Well done great achievement and a good time I am sure. Pleased to hear the boat ran faultlessly, makes all the TLC worth while last vseason worth while.

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Old 10-05-2006, 06:52
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Robbie,
Pictures look great and glad to hear that all ran to plan with no hitches.

Where re you planning your ext trip now?
Just think where you could go with the Montery or Windy
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Old 11-05-2006, 19:41
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Well we had a great time and yes I will be doing it again, but not just yet. I've put an awful amount of fuel on the jolly old plastic and it will take a while to pay if back.

The good news is that 100Ltrs took us the 65 miles to the needles so I was averaging 0.65Ltrs to the mile and I make that around 3 miles to the gallon. Not bad in our game and less than the 4MPG of a Rolls Royce. And as you know a Rolls Royce has wheels and doesn't float so what goods that?

But I am now a member of the LM to Needles club and it shows that Salamis the Old Girl might be old but shes still got it in her.
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Old 11-05-2006, 20:15
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That first trip of any increase in magnintude is always the best.

You go home grinning from ear to ear.

Then before you've paid off the last one, your find yourself silently laying plans for the next one!


No turning back now, its Bye Bye shoreham, runs up the Arun, theres bigger and better things ahead.
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Old 11-05-2006, 20:33
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You're right Steve only today Carl and were saying that if we had another jerry can in reserve we would easily go all the way around the IOW clockwise and stick what petrol we had in the tank in the morrning towards the run back from Cowes.

There must be an over night in Cowes so we can stop again at the Folly Inn for a great meal and some real ale. Well worth a visit if only for a lunchtime stop over.
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Old 12-05-2006, 05:50
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Well worth a visit if only for a lunchtime stop over.
Its very popular and not always that easy to get moored at though.

You can look around for any 'free' bit of space to tie up to and ring or call the water taxi to take you to and from your overnight 'squat' to most places.

Although sallys water taxis dont come out of the water and drive down cowes Hi street , the curry house there that lets you take cheap drink in from the Co - op and so makes for another interesting night out.

JUST DONT MISS THE LAST TAXI HOME!
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the curry house there that lets you take cheap drink in from the Co - op and so makes for another interesting night out.
The last I heard they had just found a table cloth soaked in red wine, in a cupboard under the stairs.... and there's a wanted poster of Steve on the door..... dirty boy
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As long as they don't join forces with the B & B in Conniston I think I can take 'em.
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