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  1. #31
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    Default Re: Solo trip to the Azores - YouTube

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Laine View Post
    Well spotted. The second after I hit send, I realised I meant to say 'NewHaven' not Hastings. :-) There is a bit more water there at neap tide than at Brighton (apparently due to silting).
    Best to call ahead, Brighton did a lot of dredging last year and Newhaven were I think turning away visitors due to the quantity of support vessels from a windfarm being constructed just to the south.

    BTW you don't have to sail around that, just keep 50m from the windmills and 500m from the support vessels and construction sites. Guard Vessel is always there and feel free to call on Ch16.

    Have a great trip and FWIW I wld personally say Brighton is a much nicer town than NewHaven, but some will no doubt disagree!
    Last edited by dom; 17-04-18 at 16:17.

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    Default Re: Solo trip to the Azores - YouTube

    Quote Originally Posted by dom View Post
    Best to call ahead, Brighton did a lot of dredging last year and Newhaven were I think turning away visitors due to the quantity of support vessels from a windfarm being constructed just to the south.

    BTW you don't have to sail around that, just keep 50m from the windmills and 500m from the support vessels and construction sites. Guard Vessel is always there and feel free to call on Ch16.

    Have a great trip and FWIW I wld personally say Brighton is a much nicer town than NewHaven, but some will no doubt disagree!
    Thanks for the tip Dom. I was going to sail around the farm. Brighton is certainly Plan A. I used to live in Horsham, and kept my private plane at Shoreham, so know the area well (by air). Hoping to beat low tide to the port, but in sailing...... ;-)

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    Default Re: Solo trip to the Azores - YouTube

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Laine View Post
    Well, I have just sailed 450 miles up the French coast and am currently in Cherbourg. As soon as I catch my breath, I'm across the channel, so put out lots of extra fenders, and lock up your wives and daughters. :-)
    Ha ha! If you are in the Solent Patrick, we would like be to find you at anchor and buy you a pint. You will find us at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qrkJP42i89c
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    Default Re: Solo trip to the Azores - YouTube

    The winds were favorable, and I beat the tide into Brighton. And, I did as you suggested Dom and sailed through the wind farm. You're right. No big deal. Cheers

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    Default Re: Solo trip to the Azores - YouTube

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Laine View Post
    The winds were favorable, and I beat the tide into Brighton. And, I did as you suggested Dom and sailed through the wind farm. You're right. No big deal. Cheers
    Well you certainly seem to have brought back some fine weather from those southern climes

    Good sail, well done !

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    Default Re: Solo trip to the Azores - YouTube

    Quote Originally Posted by doug748 View Post
    The docking bit seems fine to me, esp for boats with a plumb ish stem. I have seen it done quite a bit.
    It's a standard single handed way of coming into a finger berth when being blown off. The official ways of berthing in that situation with a spring to a centre cleat just don't work on your own - not enough arms, legs and eyes on one body to steer, look, control the engine and hook a line over a cleat. Try to do too much and you fail at all of them and subsequently lose control.

    The other way is to put most of the fenders on the downwind side and intentionally drift onto the neighbouring boat, tie up to that and then sort it out. No-one minds as long as the touch is gentle, fenders plentiful and the boat an appropriate size.

    The golden rules of soloing are be prepared, be in control and be prepared.
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    Default Re: Solo trip to the Azores - YouTube

    Quote Originally Posted by AngusMcDoon View Post
    It's a standard single handed way of coming into a finger berth when being blown off. The official ways of berthing in that situation with a spring to a centre cleat just don't work on your own - not enough arms, legs and eyes on one body to steer, look, control the engine and hook a line over a cleat. Try to do too much and you fail at all of them and subsequently lose control.

    The other way is to put most of the fenders on the downwind side and intentionally drift onto the neighbouring boat, tie up to that and then sort it out. No-one minds as long as the touch is gentle, fenders plentiful and the boat an appropriate size.

    The golden rules of soloing are be prepared, be in control and be prepared.
    Well thank you Angus. I did not invent this technique. Solo sailors with longish boats, short fingers, and unfavorable cross-wind have been doing it for decades. You sound like someone who fully understands the multiple demands of single-handing (lines, radio, engine, helm, wind, current, 'helpful neighbors', etc.). I sure find it challenging, and always feel much better outside of the marina. :-)

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    Default Re: Solo trip to the Azores - YouTube

    This is where I upset the applecart...

    Sorry, but Mr Laine is not my style of sailing video. I'm sure he's a nice chap and good sailor. Certainly he has a nicer boat than me.

    Thing is, his videos are mostly him talking to you via the medium of the camera/video. I sit in meetings all day and have people talk to me. I want to see sailing, great sailing, doing stuff aboard the boat, dramatic manoevres, struggling with engine and other maintenance. Not some bloke talking to a camera. This is the recipe of boredom.

    So: more action please, more struggles, funny/odd stuff and general sailing. Would have liked to have seen the running into the underwater obstacle coming into the Spanish marina too. Just don't spend ages talking to the camera because its boring.

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    Default Re: Solo trip to the Azores - YouTube

    Quote Originally Posted by mainsail1 View Post
    The secret is in his centre cleat and the fairlead. Unfortunately, to fully explain would be too much to do here as a short answer would lead to all kinds of 'yes buts'.
    It really needs a two day course to cover the basics that are essential each time and then add the nuances of particular circumstances. IMHO his video shows that he has not understood some of the 'basics'.
    Gents, you can all relax now. After a brief flirt with Penzance/Newlyn, I caught the afternoon tide yesterday and left England's Green and Pleasant Land and am now safely in France (L'Aber Wrac'h). So, you can remove those extra fenders, and let out your wives and daughters again. Thanks for the memories.

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    Default Re: Solo trip to the Azores - YouTube

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Laine View Post
    Gents, you can all relax now. After a brief flirt with Penzance/Newlyn, I caught the afternoon tide yesterday and left England's Green and Pleasant Land and am now safely in France (L'Aber Wrac'h). So, you can remove those extra fenders, and let out your wives and daughters again. Thanks for the memories.
    Glad to hear you survived total lack of wind in Scotland Patrick, most unusual!

    Enjoyed your "Tour of grande Bretagne" and the Faroe Islands. You and others have convinced me that I should add them to my dash round the British Isles in a few years time; the warm up lap to a longer trip.
    Cynical Scottish almost retired engineer.

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