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  1. #31
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    Default Re: Itís the Equinox...

    Quote Originally Posted by pyrojames View Post
    I left St Kats on Monday night, and Yanlett anchorage at dawn on Tuesday, Good blast back to Ipswich, and only saw one gust into 8s.
    Ah Ok, so it was do-able after all. What were the sea conditions like?

  2. #32
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    Default Re: Itís the Equinox...

    I was in Ramsgate in April with a Southerly blow. There was so much scend in the marina that a few of us broke lines. My bow rope parted. I was lucky I was aboard although the forward spring held it until I replaced the bow line.

    Pete's Fish Factory is still in business, as good as ever.
    John Apps

  3. #33
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    Default Re: Itís the Equinox...

    Quote Originally Posted by Gitane View Post
    Ah Ok, so it was do-able after all. What were the sea conditions like?
    A bit lumpy! Only a couple of waves in the cockpit. Running down tide tended to smooth things out except when passing over some of the shallow sections through Barrow and Middle Deep. We managed to run it in one tide. If the tide had gone foul, then it might have been less pleasant.

  4. #34
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    Default Re: Itís the Equinox...

    3 big blows in 5 days is a bit much... If Sunday's low comes to anything...
    Larry Botheras

    Colvic Victor 35 "Gladys"

  5. #35
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    Default Re: Itís the Equinox...

    Quote Originally Posted by pyrojames View Post
    A bit lumpy! Only a couple of waves in the cockpit. Running down tide tended to smooth things out except when passing over some of the shallow sections through Barrow and Middle Deep. We managed to run it in one tide. If the tide had gone foul, then it might have been less pleasant.
    Thanks. That was my thinking. Yes, I could get to the wallet spitway at LW running with wind and tied, but then I would be beating with wind over tied going up the Blackwater. Not a lot of fun.

    However, as it turned out, the wind dropped in the afternoon, which is when I would have got to the Spitway, so maybe I would have been OK.

    Anyway, things look OK for Saturday now. Going back to the boat tonight, and hoping that’s it’s still in the same place I left it.

  6. #36
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    Default Re: Itís the Equinox...

    Hats off to the crew of the 34’ Zen Again. Arrived in Ramsgate yesterday afternoon after sailing round from Cowes, in the first gale. Must have been quite a ride: http://yachtzenagain.blogspot.com/2018/?m=1
    Last edited by John_Silver; 21-09-18 at 18:01.

  7. #37
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    Default Re: Itís the Equinox...

    Quote Originally Posted by snowbird30ds View Post
    I liked ramsgate, I guess the pub you mean is the mariners bar, does a good breakfast but no evening food, cracking decor though that'll keep you entertained for a while.
    And live bands every Friday and Saturday night

    Highly recommended.

  8. #38
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    Default Re: Itís the Equinox...

    The actual equinox tomorrow. I see the Met Office are predicting a scary Force 2 for round here, building up to the giddy heights of F4 for a short while in the afternoon.

  9. #39
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    Default Re: Itís the Equinox...

    The original image I posted on the 18th shows the ECMWF being very close to what the GFS is showing for tomorrow (despite the ECMWF having a dither a day later and aligning itself with the GFS).

    Original ECMWF forecast on the 18th on top - today's GFS for tomorrow bottom.

    I reckon the ECMWF was pretty accurate medium/long term.


  10. #40
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    Default Re: Itís the Equinox...

    Might need a brolly though.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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