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Yes it's nobody's fault, it's just an interplay between the marina's lock policy and the demand placed on lock-outs by the number of boats there to race on Saturday morning. Don't give the duty berthing master a hard time about it nonetheless once we'd booked our lock out, the marina were clear that if we went out in the meantime, we'd loose it. I guess that would also stop local boats who have booked in advance going for a sail between making their booking and starting the race.That seems rather odd if it's really true. I certainly didn't know about it. I just phoned up well in advance (knowing that lock-out slots would be at a premium) and asked for the time I wanted.
I'll try to remember to ask when I'm down at the marina tomorrow. If they confirm that's the case, I'll politely suggest that it's not fair to visiting boats. Though do remember that Portishead marina and Portishead Cruising Club are two entirely different entities.
Put our entry form in at the end of last week. It'll be our first Holms Race (and only the third time I've raced the boat), so I guess it's our turn to make everybody else look good
Thanks guys. It'll save me the bother. :encouragement:Making the rest look good is our job. it's the boat's first race of any kind
Got a completely different story from a completely diferent set of people at Portishead today, the duty guys this morning reckoned we could have booked our Holms race lock and taken the boat back to Cardiff in the meantime no problem.We're in Portishead now. We came for a weekend cruise but have discovered the strategy issue re. Booking a lock-out for the race. You need to book a decent lock-out time from the marina in order to avoid either jilling around for hours before or starting later than your target time.... And of course you can't book the lock until your boat is in the marina already. So the local boats have the plum slots already sown up! Good thing we came this weekend, we have booked a decent slot but we have to leave the boat here all week now in order to keep it. Our original plan was to go home today and sail back on the Friday night before the race, but that risks getting us a rubbish lock-out slot.
Can't help thinking that if you don't have this little but of 'local knowledge' you are at something of a disadvantage and that would apply to many first timers not from Portishead.
Yes. Afraid to say we gave it a miss. SWMBO is a nervous sailor and when we got up at 7am she told me she didn't want to come, which was a blow. Had a couple of pals on board but neither of them had sailed the boat before so we went out and had a look and decided not to bother. Contented ourselves with a good sail back to Cardiff yesterday. Suppose there's always next year.....It did turn out to be a little bit on the lively side :ambivalence:
You were far from alone in being sensible and I imagine it was indeed lovely sailing back over the Cardiff on Sunday. Had a very pleasant morning playing with a Kestrel dinghy out of Lydney yesterday morning, all sunshine and gentle breezes. A bit of a change of pace from the day before.Suppose there's always next year.....
Yep. No one hurt and a couple of blown out mains also. We stuck up against the sand banks where arguably we didn't get as much of a tidal push but it was much more comfortable than slap bang in the channel.They were. One of the PCC boats, off Flatholm Cut the wreckage away with bolt cutters and motored back to Portishead.