More North & West than usual..

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More North & West than usual..

Postby pagoda » Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:09 am

I know a few bods from CCC went up to Faroe a few years ago, so I'm curious to know if anybody on that trip lurks around Bluemoment?
I have done a fair bit of reading on it, and fancy doing Faroe from Lewis next year, probably May or June. Not later - I don't think I could cope with the dolphin/whale slaughter ceremony in July...
SWBMO has a desire to go over to Bergen, as an alternative. I don't imagine we'll attempt both in the same trip since it's almost 380NM from Faroe. Probably back via Orkney -where no 2 son has just secured a job. Anybody on BM been up to Faroe?

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Re: More North & West than usual..

Postby sadlermike » Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:43 am

I have been twice; most recently in 2010. Stunning scenery, challenging tides, often lousy weather. What would you like to know?

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Re: More North & West than usual..

Postby pagoda » Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:50 am

sadlermike wrote:I have been twice; most recently in 2010. Stunning scenery, challenging tides, often lousy weather. What would you like to know?


I'm curious how much additional / blue water vs coastal safety gear you took with you, EPirbs / survival suits? / extra spares and so on.
With half reasonable wind it should only be a couple of days sail from Stornoway, albeit quite exposed if you got the timing wrong....
Did you see much commercial shipping on the way?

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Re: More North & West than usual..

Postby Telo » Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:13 pm

Would these be of interest, from the RCC Pilotage Foundation?

http://www.rccpf.org.uk/ppgs/uk_routes/route_1.pdf
http://www.rccpf.org.uk/ppgs/uk_routes/route_2.pdf
http://www.rccpf.org.uk/ppgs/uk_routes/route_3.pdf

................. and so on up to _9.pdf

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Re: More North & West than usual..

Postby pagoda » Sat Mar 23, 2013 3:36 pm

Shard wrote:Would these be of interest, from the RCC Pilotage Foundation?

http://www.rccpf.org.uk/ppgs/uk_routes/route_1.pdf
http://www.rccpf.org.uk/ppgs/uk_routes/route_2.pdf
http://www.rccpf.org.uk/ppgs/uk_routes/route_3.pdf

................. and so on up to _9.pdf



Thanks for those... makes interesting reading :)

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Re: More North & West than usual..

Postby sadlermike » Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:29 pm

Hi Graeme

I took exactly the same gear as I do for a trip to Norway or in the Western Isles. I did not take a survival suit.
First time, my wife and I left from Stornoway and continued from the Faroes to Iceland. Second occasion, I was single-handed and left from Kinlochbervie and returned to Carbost (NW Lewis). It took me two days for the journey.
I saw the occasional fishing boat but no other traffic. There were more whales than ships (including a school of hundreds on the last trip; I counted 200 so there must have been many more that I did not see.)
The most important issue for the crossing to the Faroes is judging arrival at the southernmost point of the islands where there is the strongest roost in the Faroes. On my initial visit I badly misjudged how far south the roost extends and was caught in the dark by a strong tide which carried me to the west of the island while waves broke over my head.
I would be pleased to talk the issues through on the phone if it would help.

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Re: More North & West than usual..

Postby Pilgrim » Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:49 pm

pagoda wrote:
Shard wrote:Would these be of interest, from the RCC Pilotage Foundation?

http://www.rccpf.org.uk/ppgs/uk_routes/route_1.pdf
http://www.rccpf.org.uk/ppgs/uk_routes/route_2.pdf
http://www.rccpf.org.uk/ppgs/uk_routes/route_3.pdf

................. and so on up to _9.pdf



Thanks for those... makes interesting reading :)

Graeme


I have read this with interest, I just wonder how up to date some of the information is - It describes Troon as a "small marina - with limited faclilties and provisioning" - this is clearly untrue.

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Re: More North & West than usual..

Postby pagoda » Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:41 pm

Pilgrim wrote:
pagoda wrote:
Shard wrote:Would these be of interest, from the RCC Pilotage Foundation?

http://www.rccpf.org.uk/ppgs/uk_routes/route_1.pdf
http://www.rccpf.org.uk/ppgs/uk_routes/route_2.pdf
http://www.rccpf.org.uk/ppgs/uk_routes/route_3.pdf

................. and so on up to _9.pdf



Thanks for those... makes interesting reading :)

Graeme


I have read this with interest, I just wonder how up to date some of the information is - It describes Troon as a "small marina - with limited faclilties and provisioning" - this is clearly untrue.


I thought about that as well, but put most of it down to a "Hamble -centric" view of everywhere else ? :shake:

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Re: More North & West than usual..

Postby pagoda » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:38 pm

I now have the Faroe Pilot book now - by Willy Ker. SWMBO was not amused to find it covers Iceland & South Greenland :lol: - She's the one who visited Iceland a few years ago.. I was working!

Getting up to Faroe will be quite enough for starters...... !

My Garmin charts cover the entire N Atlantic so I can at least browse through the book & charts together.
Good evening reading material :)

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Re: More North & West than usual..

Postby Aros More » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:38 am

Hi Graeme

I went to Faroe in June last year. A great place to see with very dramatic landscape and welcoming people.
I did not have survival suits but did have an EPIRB as you are well out of VHF range for a fair part of the trip. Weather forecasts were via navtex but lost UK stations quite early and relied on transmissions from Thorshavn radio which covers all round Faroe. Shipping as Mike said is very limited. I left from Stromness going to Thorshavn and Soervaag to Stornoway on the return leg. I stayed well east then well west of the south end of Suduroy to avoid the tidal issues and had no problems. Tidal stream directions are essential for going through fjords though as you need to plan to use them to advantage if you want to get anywhere. Take a lot of supplies and be as self sufficient as possible as good shops are scarce and expensive. Weather was great with little rain, a fair bit of sunshine and mostly moderate winds though last year was unusual for them. Oh and take your fishing rod as the cod are suicidal.

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Re: More North & West than usual..

Postby pagoda » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:27 am

Aros More wrote:Hi Graeme

I went to Faroe in June last year. A great place to see with very dramatic landscape and welcoming people.
I did not have survival suits but did have an EPIRB as you are well out of VHF range for a fair part of the trip. Weather forecasts were via navtex but lost UK stations quite early and relied on transmissions from Thorshavn radio which covers all round Faroe. Shipping as Mike said is very limited. I left from Stromness going to Thorshavn and Soervaag to Stornoway on the return leg. I stayed well east then well west of the south end of Suduroy to avoid the tidal issues and had no problems. Tidal stream directions are essential for going through fjords though as you need to plan to use them to advantage if you want to get anywhere. Take a lot of supplies and be as self sufficient as possible as good shops are scarce and expensive. Weather was great with little rain, a fair bit of sunshine and mostly moderate winds though last year was unusual for them. Oh and take your fishing rod as the cod are suicidal.


Iain


Thanks for that.. like the bit about the fishing rod. It's always on board :)
Good for extending the menu beyond tins & packets....!


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