2nd Oostende roll call

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Given that in just 5 weeks time we could be sat in the RNSYC enjoying some Belgian hospitality, I though it was about time we did a further roll call on who is planning to attend, ETD/ETA etc...

Morgana

ETD Shotley 25th around 02h00
ETA Oostende 25th around midday

ETD Oostende 27th tide dependent, heading towards Gravelines
 

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Guapa

ETD Levington 24th - 06H00
ETA Ostend 24th - 18H00 (worst case scenario - motoring all the way)

ETD Ostend 29th - when I wake up, so I guess some time before lunch - towards Nieuwpoort and/or Ramsgate (haven't been yet this year, can't believe it /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif )
 

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Right, listen up you goats. Its Lynns birthday on Saturday 26th , make sure one of you has organised a surprise. Or else. /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
 

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Sounds like there is more planing to do on the 6th.

19 hrs.
I like to be pessimistic and then I am not disappointed if we take that long.
I am planning at 4 Knots
5 Knots puts us there at about 7 a.m.
 

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Right, listen up you goats. Its Lynns birthday on Saturday 26th , make sure one of you has organised a surprise. Or else. /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

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Gulp /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif best get thinking cap on /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

now what can I think up that'll be a surprise but not a shock /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
 

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Clive,

Are you sure you want to be crossing the TSS in the dark?
There's nothing to worry about, but what if it rains? Reduced visibility at night /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif
You will most likely still see "the big ones", but will they see you?

I know you've got the bar to navigate, but instead of catching the late tide on Thursday, why not catch the early one on Friday morning?
You'll be rested, and get to do the difficult bits in daylight.

Just thinking out loud.

Will
 

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Will

You make a good point.

I am not worried about crossing shipping lanes in the dark.
Done it a few times in the western channel.
But poor viz would not be part of that plan.

We could get over the bar by about 04:00 and with Rogers trip timing we would get there at dusk or there abouts.
I was always taught to try to arrive at an unknown destination with plenty of daylight to play with.

I will think further on this.

No plans are cast in stone, even when they are being carried out.
It would not be the first time I had turned back as I didn't like to conditions.
 

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Arriving in daylight at a new destination makes a lot of sense.

In this case, however:

1. This time of year there's daylight till well past 21H00 - so with Roger's timings you should make it with time to spare.
2. You can't miss Ostend - lighthouse - 3 dashes
3. Entering Ostend is a no-brainer: Breakwaters - 1st right.
 

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Also Clive, Sandettie Junction is a tad more complex than the Western channel, where everything is nicely in a line.... at Sandettie you have traffic from the Dover Straits changing to a more northerly heading, and splitting and merging into two different systems, one into Holland, and one up the North sea....

Its not a problem ordinarily, but I could imagine to be a little confusing at night.....

FWIW, I agree with Will.... I'd time it for daylight....

Another option is to leave the Deben on the tide you planned at 16h00, dive over to Harwich/Walton, and either drop your anchor or grab a buoy, and leave some time in the early morning.... (w are planning on leaving around 02h00), so that you cross Sandettie in daylight, and arrive at Oostende in daylight....
 

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Confused

Neil, my nav may be a bit rusty, but where do you think Sandettie is /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
Last time I looked it was here: 51 09 N, 1 47 E

Or did you mean Westhinder Anchorage & Wandelaar Approach /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
 
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