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Summer Cruise 2011

Ken has firmed up the proposed itinerary to Northern Ireland.


Dear all,

All are welcome and we hope to get as many cruisers as possible along- a number of boast are joining the fleet from their moorings on the west (for those boats, the best rendezvous may well be Port Ramsay on Lismore, on the afternoon of Saturday, July 2nd, or Puilladobhrain on Sunday, July 3rd).

Please note the cruise dates in your diary and also that we are using the weekend before to move the boats west. This will give us much more scope for the cruise itself, and give us a day or two in hand in case of bad weather.

There are neap tides on the weekend that we move the boats west from Nairn. There are two options- probably the best is to leave Nairn at around 19.00 (high tide 19.10) on the Friday (June 24th) and anchor for the night somewhere on the way to Inverness, or leave as early as possible on the Saturday (June 25th) morning and head for the canal for about 08.30. The railway swing bridge can usually be opened at about 09.15, so boats leaving on the Saturday morning will need to crack on. We can keep in touch via the VHF (channel 6).

Once in the canal, our aim is to reach Fort Augustus on the Saturday evening. Ideally (and optimistically), we would be best placed if we can get to the top of the Fort Augustus flight before close of play. That would give us an easier day on the Sunday to reach Bannavie, where we can safely leave the boats until the following weekend.

The plan is then to rejoin the boats on the evening of Friday, July 1st, so we can get down Neptunes staircase and leave the canal as soon as possible on the Saturday. This is important as the tide turns against us at the Corran narrows at about 13.30.

The passage plan is only a guideline, but it does offer both the opportunity for a few days on the Irish coast as well for a “west coast only” option. Either way, the plan is for the fleet to spend a good few days together at the start of the cruise, as the boats sail in company down to Islay (via Lismore, Seil and Jura) and for the Ireland-bound boats to meet up with the rest of the fleet again later for a further club muster prior to heading back to the canal.

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions about the passage plan.



Ken Killham (kskillham@googlemail.com)


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