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PostPosted: 13-12-2013 13:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amanda is out of drydock now, and anchored to the north of the docks.

EDIT: And Patricia has just arrived off Falmouth from Swansea. She's faffing about, a mile SE of Zone point atm. Not sure why, I don't think there are any buoys there.
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PostPosted: 13-12-2013 15:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patricia has been very busy in the same place as before, but now she's stopped there. Her destination says Falmouth, which is not very useful!

Amanda had some interaction with a pilot boat, and now she's left harbour, heading east. She'll be passing just north of Patricia on this course.
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PostPosted: 13-12-2013 15:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amanda has passed Patricia now; her destination is Cherbourg.
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PostPosted: 13-12-2013 17:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

1739: About an hour ago Patricia left her working area and motored towards the Helford, where she turned and motored back. Then she altered course to the east and steamed in that direction at about 12 knots...

(Helford and back could have been to check on the alignment of the coloured sectors of St Anthony's LH, but she's out of sight of that now...)
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PostPosted: 13-12-2013 17:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

Balmoral arrived back at Southhampton from the Caribbean this morning, but she's done her passenger turnaround and is off to sea again. She's just off Cowes, heading for the East Solent, and then Zeebrugge, Belgium. (This could be a Xmas Shopping type cruise.)

She's following the Queen Elizabeth, which is also going to Zeebrugge. Both are due there 0515 tomorrow.
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PostPosted: 13-12-2013 18:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patricia has now changed her destination to Isle of Wight. (Those boys don't get much time ashore!) But the Queen Elizabeth and Balmoral will be well up Channel by the time she reaches the IoW.

Amanda, meanwhile, will soon be south of Plymouth, still heading east.
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PostPosted: 13-12-2013 19:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

The two cruise ships are heading straight across the Channel to reach the NE bound Shipping lane.

Off Devon, Patricia, south of Plymouth, is slowly catching up with Amanda, who will cross the shipping lanes herself in due course.
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PostPosted: 14-12-2013 12:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Mersey class Lifeboat is on passage, from various ports east, to Newlyn - her ETA is 1600.
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PostPosted: 14-12-2013 15:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

The LB on passage is approaching the Lizard - but the wind is 37 knots SW'ly, so it could be a rough ride to get past. But she's making 12 knots, which is quite respectable.

But the wind seems to be increasing, up to 40 knots...
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PostPosted: 14-12-2013 15:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just had another look at the lifeboat, off the Lizard, but it was at a funny angle. When the AIS refreshed, the LB's course was back to west, as it should have been, so I think maybe it got hit by a big wave when the previous position was logged.

A coaster passed her there, going the other way, but giving her destination as Belfast. Perhaps the forecast is bad, so the ship is seeking shelter in the lee of the Lizard til the wind blows itself out. The Celtic Sea is very exposed, with rocky shores to leeward if the wind veers NW.
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PostPosted: 14-12-2013 15:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

The LB is clear of the Lizard and the worst of the rough water, as she's increased speed now to 14.6 knots. Not far to Newlyn now.

The coaster, however, is making no effort to get north, but seems to be heading up Channel - but her destination still says Belfast!
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VIDEO: RNLI Lizard and Penlee volunteers rescue Newlyn vessel
By WBJeff
Saturday, December 14, 2013.

Dramatic video footage has been released of an operation in which lifeboat crews worked in darkness to rescue the crew of a broken down fishing boat.
The volunteers from The Lizard and Penlee stations worked together in difficult conditions to tow the 20-metre Joy of Ladram to safety.

The vessel, which was struck by a gear box failure, was first helped by The Lizard RNLI 33 miles due south of Lizard Point on Thursday.
The rescuers responded to their pagers at 4.15pm and by 5.45pm were on scene onboard the Tamar class all-weather lifeboat Rose and started to tow the Newlyn-based gill netter. An RNLI spokesman said the conditions were demanding with a southerly wind of force six to seven and a "big, lumpy sea".

The team from Penlee lifeboat station, onboard the Severn class all-weather lifeboat Ivan Ellen then launched at 9pm, meeting up with The Lizard lifeboat just after 10pm four miles South West of Lizard Point. The tow was transferred and the Penlee team, which arrived back at its home port of Newlyn at 1am.

Patch Harvey, RNLI coxswain at Penlee lifeboat station, said: "Both lifeboat teams did a good job in tricky conditions.
"The big lumpy sea and strong winds made it really uncomfortable getting to the point where we met up with The Lizard lifeboat, but between us we were able to assist the fishing vessel and the five crew onboard, and get them safely in to port for repairs.
"It was a good call by Falmouth coastguard to call The Lizard out to start the tow and then for us to take her in to our home port and it meant the volunteer crews could share the work and the time spent at sea overnight."

http://www.westbriton.co.uk/RNLI-Lizard-Penlee-volunteers-rescue-Newlyn/story-20323070-detail/story.html#ixzz2nTC6s4cp
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PostPosted: 15-12-2013 09:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

0957: The Falmouth LB is out this morning. Could just be a Sunday exercise, but so far she's heading straight out to sea on a SSE course...

1010: Just stooging around at low speed now. I'm assuming Exercise - if anything dramatic happens, I'll start a new post.

1050: LB returned to harbour, now in Carrick Roads...

1147: After a while there, she went back out into the bay, by a big tanker anchored there, before heading back...

1206: LB back on station.
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Exmansworthy cliff fall man airlifted to hospital

A man has been seriously injured in a fall from cliffs in north Devon.
The accident happened at Exmansworthy, near Hartland, just before 09:00 GMT, Swansea Coastguard said.

The rescue involved an RAF helicopter from RMB Chivenor and coastguard teams from Hartland and Westward Ho! and South Western Ambulance Service.
The injured man, who is in his 30s, was airlifted to North Devon District Hospital with back and head injuries. His condition is not known.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-25390245

Not far from my old base, Hartland Point CG (now closed). The cliffs on this coast are very high, around 300'.

IIRC, it was near Exmansworthy that a wiley fox lured a pack of chasing hounds over the cliff! One or two made it all the way down to the shore, but most of them were lost.
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Condor Ferries cancels Wednesday's crossings due to high winds

High-speed ferry services between Dorset and the Channel Islands have been cancelled on Wednesday due to forecasted poor weather.
Condor Ferries said its Weymouth-Guernsey and Weymouth-Jersey routes would not run.

The region is set to see wet and blustery conditions on Wednesday with the chance of gale force winds developing during the day.
The ferry operator said it hoped to run an extra sailing on Thursday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-25408831

A good early decision to cancel services. I expect we'll get more warnings about the weather on Wednesday, as it's quite a large Low set to cause it.
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