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    Default Long Sand swatchway just north of London Array

    Anyone used this swatchway recently and have any depth info please?
    See: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TWb...w?usp=drivesdk

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    Default Re: Long Sand swatchway just north of London Array

    I think we had a thread one or two years back Colin, perhaps that was the 2016 that prompted the note. I think they were inconclusive and at the time had got worse. Short cut to the Netherlands?
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    Default Re: Long Sand swatchway just north of London Array

    Quote Originally Posted by Plum View Post
    Anyone used this swatchway recently and have any depth info please?
    See: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TWb...w?usp=drivesdk

    (How do I make this link appear here as an image?)

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    I have no info, but I'd interested to know if anyone has.
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    Default Re: Long Sand swatchway just north of London Array

    I suppose I could have a prod around next season - but I reckon I would want it to be rather calm that day!
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    Default Re: Long Sand swatchway just north of London Array

    Pretty sure that's where we ran aground a couple of years ago - I think the latest chart says "less water reported" or words to that effect - that was me doing the reporting. Stuck to Foulgers since.

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    Default Re: Long Sand swatchway just north of London Array

    Quote Originally Posted by Marmalade View Post
    Stuck to Foulgers since.
    Hope you get unstuck soon.

    Seriously, though,
    1) how much less water was there than you were expecting?
    and
    2) didn't this swatchway get named Marmalade's Gat?
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    Default Re: Long Sand swatchway just north of London Array

    We were aiming (and from the track on the chart plotter we were where we should have been) to cross where the 2m contour allows - ie there should have been at least 2m all the way across the gat. We ran aground and were stuck for about 1/2hr until the tide lifted us off - called the coastguard to let them know we were there and just waited. Would be v surprised and not a little embarrassed if they named anything for us - certainly that's the first I ever heard of the idea!

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    Default Re: Long Sand swatchway just north of London Array

    Quote Originally Posted by Marmalade View Post
    Would be v surprised and not a little embarrassed if they named anything for us - certainly that's the first I ever heard of the idea!
    I was sure the suggestion had been made on this forum at some time, so had a hunt and found that indeed it had been, but by me! And in a thread I had no recollection of contributing to, let alone starting! http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread...h-of-wind-farm

    I still think it's a good idea, and I will refer to it as Marmalade Gat, even if nobody else does.
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    Default Re: Long Sand swatchway just north of London Array

    Quote Originally Posted by LittleSister View Post
    I still think it's a good idea, and I will refer to it as Marmalade Gat, even if nobody else does.
    Bearing in mind it has been there since long before the 70's (when I started bumping into the Longsands) & considering all the work a certain forumite has done on navigation in the Thames estuary for the average yachtsman: I would suggest "Tiller's Gat" would be a winner if we had a pole to decide on names.

    About time it had one, because the way gaps are slowly moving north from the 2 Edingburgh channels, then Fishermans, to Fulgers one day that swatchway may well be a major crossing point.
    Last edited by Daydream believer; 25-11-19 at 16:40.
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    Default Re: Long Sand swatchway just north of London Array

    You could follow the example of my then MLSC fellow club-members when I reported with enthusiasm on a gat that opened up in the Sunk. One member tried it and grounded, ending up with the the lifeboat coming out. After that it was known, with deliberate irony, as 'John's back passage'.
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