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Griff :- "So, when you are approaching the raft from astern of it as previously mentioned, if you make a hash of it (And there is no pressure here as there will be only 100+ pairs of eyes watching you) KEEP GOING AHEAD come round and have another go but move out one or two places so as to allow the craft following you to take the slot that you had your eye on"
Well I know what I will be doing all afternoon then. Hope I dont get too dizzy!
A lot of boats will have some sort of radio equipment on board.
Could I suggest the following if using radio for communicating, both whilst under way, and to help with keeping in contact with the rest of the "fleet" whilst traveling and mooring etc.
Some boats had CB equipment on board. I would suggest using channel 35. With CB it will give a good 4 to 5 miles coverage and assist to all or most groups where each flotilla are located and to ensure no one has any trouble in case of breakdowns, late departure / arrival etc.
The smaller PMR radios. I would suggest the middle frequency / channel. These are good over a very short range - boat to boat whilst in transit and whilst mooring at Salhouse.
Any one with a VHF Ham Radio, I would suggest using 145.625 Mhz ( the repeater GB3NB ) initially. This will give full Norfolk coverage of about 30 miles. Once closer together I would suggest using 145.275 Mhz + or- one channel if busy.
Some may have VHF Marine band on board but would ask that they do not use this unless an emergency.
It may be a good idea to know who has what type on board and in which group they will be in.
Some skippers have stated in various parts of this thread they are coming but have not signed up - if so and I have missed you off the original post then you'll just either have to sign up proper or let me know via a posting etc
'Broad Ambition' - 'Dreams do come true' - Afloat at last 06-10-07
I'm really sorry but I'm not going to be able to confirm either way until much closer the time. My boss has said that having the day off is a possible but will depend on whether there is anyone else away and if he can cover my class. I'm happy for you to Blue Dolphin on your 'maybe' list.
If I do make it then its not absolutely necessary to have a mooring overnight as no dogs/kids etc. but might be nice to stretch my legs a bit if possible.