RYA Coastal Skipper Course

January 2008


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RYA Coastal Skipper course - run by Ken Walker of Heave2 Sailing School ( www.heave2.co.uk). He's an excellent instructor - mob: 07787 568871
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Course organised by www.multihullworld.com on their Broadblue 385 Catamaran - a brilliant boat
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This part was Leg 2 - Brighton to Dover. I was too busy skippering Leg 1 from Chichester to Brighton to take any photos!
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Unfortunately no time to take pictures of the interesting parts of the voyage - too many things keeping us busy!
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Coming up to Beachy Head
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Coming up to Dungeness Power Station at the tip of Romney Marsh
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The gennaker is too big to get into one shot
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South Cardinal marking the Outfalls - should have given it a wide berth!
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This is Darwin Star, a 37ft Bavaria, also on the course. Much more exposed against the weather we were to experience than our Cat.
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This was Leg 3 coming out of Dover. The swells around the Western entrance were much bigger and interesting. We had a great sail up to Ramsgate (13.2 kts) ...
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... but as the weather forecast was for Severe Gale Force 9 we decided to continue the leg onto Queenborough opposite the Isle of Grain. This was one of the wind turbine farms in the shallows oif the Thames estuary.
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John planning his next day's skippering into London
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Ken and Rhondie Evans (www.brilliantgems.co.uk)
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Moored alongside Darwin Star after hours against a headwind gusting more than 40kts and against the tide. Not ideal but the forecast the next day was worse.
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Leaving the next morning - unfortunately Darwin Star's crew found out that lose warps and propellors don't mix ...
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Instructor Phil with wet suit about to have a look ...
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... eventually freed by pulling the warp from alternae sides of the boat and applying some pressure with the winches.
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'Sea Reach' red and white Safe Water Mark - usually placed at the approach to a channel showing safe water all around (lights - one of: Isophase, occulting, 1 long flash every 10 secs or Morse A (. -)
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Southend on Sea on the otherside of the estuary
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'West Leigh Middle' starboard hand lateral buoy
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Another South Cardinal
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We were ordered onto the 'wrong' side of the river by this police launch because ...
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... HMS Exeter fancied a burn-up - it came steaming up behine us ...
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... heeling over round this bend.
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Approaching the Queen Elizabeth II M25 Dartford Crossing
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Darwin Star - happy to be in calmer waters.
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Lining up for ...
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... Gallions Point Marina ...
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... at the end of ...
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... the City of London Airport runway!
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I enjoyed the buzz, but I was the only one.
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Nice one, Ken - and so slim!
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Not a very good shot of the runway which seems to go right up to the skyscrapper around Canary Wharf
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John, Rhondie and Ken
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Ken, Rhondie and yours truly.
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As we got in a day early, we spent the last day going to Tower Bridge to do fuel up and to do some ferry gliding - controlling the boat against the current to get lateral control for approaching pontoons, etc
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Green arrows pointing to 'F' span
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Where's the fire brigade?
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Royal Naval College.
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Karl and Phil on Darwin Star
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This fuel depot isn't maned by Catalans. The flag is International Code Flag Y-Yankee.  It's below the flag for R-Romeo. 'R' over 'Y' means reduce speed and wash
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Note for a pub crawl - "Town of Ramsgate"
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Captain Kidd
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The Prospect of Whitby
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pub near Limehouse Marina, and
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The Grapes - sorry about grotty picture
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