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by Alcyone
Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:41 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Splashing Along
Replies: 24
Views: 5000

Looks like I'm the only one sailing on mud then......
by Alcyone
Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:26 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Registered lurkers
Replies: 12
Views: 4385

You need to register on some really rough fora, where people get regularly killed, like the homebrew recipe forum, or the domino strategy forum. Spend a week or two in places like that and then most other ones seem very tame, and you'll start to feel that being called a dork is a sign that someone l...
by Alcyone
Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:22 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Splashing Along
Replies: 24
Views: 5000

I guess the mud, strong currents and lack of beautiful safe anchorages does have an up side, though. I suspect that if I learn to sail in the conditions down here, there are lots of other places where I should find it a lot easier.
by Alcyone
Thu Sep 25, 2008 5:14 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Splashing Along
Replies: 24
Views: 5000

It wasn't hard at all, to be honest. Since buying our first yacht in June, it was the first time we had been away on an overnight trip, hence the smiles. Actually, the Bristol channel mud was behaving - on the way out we were dodging all sorts of junk, including a whole tree. I am jealous when I see...
by Alcyone
Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:30 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Splashing Along
Replies: 24
Views: 5000

I'm convinced you guys North of the border have it easy. http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e123/martcol/th_080916Pictures051-1.jpg Bristol channel, last week. Here, the log was reading 5.2 knots, through the water, the GPS 7 knots, with the tide and our actual speed, STM* was just 0.8 knots. * Speed...
by Alcyone
Sun Sep 21, 2008 6:55 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: That time of year again
Replies: 13
Views: 2656

Oh, the boat, certainly. That weekend it was nice and calm, but it was blowing a 9 by Tuesday. I remember little about it, it being the first day of our course and having so much on my mind, but I do remember seeing a boat called Silkie.
by Alcyone
Fri Sep 19, 2008 8:04 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: That time of year again
Replies: 13
Views: 2656

That's looking North, is it? Fishfarm on the right hand side, deep water in front of it?

BTW, I think I saw Silkie in Dunstaffnage marina in June. Would have been 21/22nd?
by Alcyone
Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:34 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: That time of year again
Replies: 13
Views: 2656

I recognised it. Seen that view a few times, though only once this late in the year. I had to plan a night passage from Easdale to anchor in that bay for my day skipper course in June. It's dark in there at night!
by Alcyone
Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:25 pm
Forum: Basically Boaty
Topic: Hello
Replies: 8
Views: 11754

No, that wasn't us. We did our Day skipper course in June this year, went down towards Crinan and then up to Tobermory before coming back to Dunstaffnage. Sorry for the delay in replying, btw, we go away to West Wales diving every weekend. I went to St Kilda with Bob Jones of Lochaline in the Gaelic...
by Alcyone
Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:49 am
Forum: Basically Boaty
Topic: Hello
Replies: 8
Views: 11754

Absolutely not. Far from it. Compared to the Bristol Channel, where we are at the moment, it has a lot to offer. Nicer tides (by and large), cracking scenery, fantastic anchorages and, with the exception of CalMac, far fewer big boats to chase you! On our Day skipper course, we sailed in Force 7-9 f...
by Alcyone
Fri Sep 12, 2008 8:34 am
Forum: Basically Boaty
Topic: Hello
Replies: 8
Views: 11754

Hello

An intro. I've browsed the forum for a while, but only just joined. I am a member in the ybw forums, with the same name. Myself and my missis have recently bought a Cobra 850 and are in the process of learning to sail. We are based in Bridgend, South Wales with the boat in Cardiff bay. I note that t...

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