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    Default Poole Harbour Trip Sat 22nd June

    Hi all,

    Rather than continuing to piggy back on Mal's thread, I thought I'd start afresh!

    This Saturday is looking rather lovely, both in terms of wind and tides, for a trip in the harbour, or possibly beyond...

    The wind was forecast at 1-5mph, so a trip outside of the harbour may have been on the cards, but this has now been revised to 10-13mph from the East, so Swanage is now looking out of reach - however things can still change!

    The alternative plan is to launch from Lake Pier and paddle up the harbour on the rising tide, to Wareham, for fish & chips on the quay.

    Knoll Beach (BH19 3AQ) to Swanage is about 9 miles, but is in open sea and with an easterly wind blowing may get rather 'lumpy'.

    Lake Pier (BH15 4LR) to Wareham is about 11 miles, or can be extended to 16.5 if we choose to do the Piddle/Frome loop - however this does involve a 1/2 mile portage down the High Street (much to the amusement of the locals and grockles!).

    I would suggest meeting at 10:00-10:30 to benefit from the rising tide for the first hour or so.

    Tide at Lake Pier (approx): LW 08:30 flat between 12:00 and 16:20, HW 18:00, but it is only a 90cm tide.
    Tide at Wareham Quay: LW 09:28, HW 15:59.

    Who's interested?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdrianO View Post
    Hi all,

    Rather than continuing to piggy back on Mal's thread, I thought I'd start afresh!

    Who's interested?

    Me! if its anything like when we paddled last year, it will be awesome!

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    Put me down as a probable, once I work out how I'm going to manage Fri eve and this, and hopefully an overnight one evening too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    Put me down as a probable, once I work out how I'm going to manage Fri eve and this, and hopefully an overnight one evening too.
    I am up for the Friday thing too Mal, hopefully i can do both.

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    Adrian

    I am up for the Poole outing, looking forward to catching up with you.
    Unless things change see you at Lake Pier with a trolley at 10:00

    Nick

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    Count me in as Nick has to pass my front door to get to you!

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    Keeping my eye on the wind, and trying to see how to combine this. If the wind gets up more, or arrives earlier, I probably won't but if its stays as the current forecast, hope to be there.
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    I will join you too providing wind is reasonable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomH1 View Post
    I will join you too providing wind is reasonable.
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    Adrian,

    Mal also mentioned the wind picking up.. can you keep us updated on the weather conditions. I am not planning on wearing my drysuit.

    Majid

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    Hi Guys,

    Looking forward to seeing you all again and to meeting new faces!

    The wind is holding steady at with predicted peaks of 10-14mph, so I don't anticipate that being a problem. The direction has swung to slightly more SE, which benefits us, as we can shelter in the lee of Arne on the return leg.

    As Nick says, I suggest you bring your portage trolley if you have one.

    Maj, don't worry the drysuit won't be required - the harbour water is surprisingly warm already!

    IF things changed dramatically, there is a further fallback option and we could head to The Stour at Wimborne, which is much more sheltered.

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    7. Adam (from PHCC)

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    I don't currently have a portage trolley, so I will just go up and back to Wareham.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    I don't currently have a portage trolley, so I will just go up and back to Wareham.
    No worries Mal, we'll stick to the Frome up and back, which negates any portaging.

    Adrian

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    Happy for others to do it if they want to and I'll paddle round the long way, but whilst I'm happy to drag it across highland moors, dragging along a pavement might be a drag too far
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    Adrian
    I'm thinking of joining you for my inaugural tidal paddle. I'd be happy with Wareham and back, as ideally I need to be home to dog sit from 7.30pm-ish. Does that sound likely? I don't want to put time restraints on anyone else, so if it's unlikely, I'm happy to pass.
    Also, is the plan to get a chip lunch at Wareham, or will packed grub be needed?
    Jim

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    [QUOTE=Mal Grey;671911]I don't currently have a portage trolley, so I will just go up and back to Wareham.[/QUOTE

    I will bring my spare

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimHou View Post
    Adrian
    I'm thinking of joining you for my inaugural tidal paddle. I'd be happy with Wareham and back, as ideally I need to be home to dog sit from 7.30pm-ish. Does that sound likely? I don't want to put time restraints on anyone else, so if it's unlikely, I'm happy to pass.
    Also, is the plan to get a chip lunch at Wareham, or will packed grub be needed?
    Jim
    Woot woot, just do it Jim, bring your swimming gear too perhaps. Nice to have fish and chips.

    Adrian, Any place for a tea stop?

    Mal, So, we have 4 hou, 2 reflections, 1 bell and others...plenty of scope for formation practice

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    Okay - the day is shaping up nicely!

    1. Adrian
    2. Maj
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    4. Nick
    5. Graham
    6. Tom
    7. Adam (from PHCC)
    8. Jim

    We will stick to a straight run to Wareham and back without the portage - therefore, trollies are not required (unless you wish to wheel across the car park to the beach).

    Are we all okay with meeting at 10:00 for a 10:30 launch or would 10:30 for an 11:00 launch suit folks better?

    Here is the data track from the same paddle I did with Brian, some 3 years ago now, with very similar conditions



    There is an option for a coffee stop on Arne on the way there, as we will hug the South shore.

    Assuming a 10:30 departure, we should be in Wareham for about 12:30, where there are chip shops, pubs, and toilets - I'm certainly up for a portion of chips, but if folk wish to bring packed lunches, then I promise not to tease you

    If we stop for 40mins and paddle back, I'd anticipate being back at Lake Pier for 15:30, when we can wash the salt water off your kit before driving home - I'd certainly hope you'd be home before 19:30... but who can predict the traffic...

    Make sure you bring your cameras, as there is a dolphin playing in the harbour at the moment, plus the seals and if you're really lucky you may catch sight of the magnificent white stag of Arne - quite a spectacular sight!

    The mileage on the above image is longer than mentioned, as Brian and I paddled up beyond Wareham Quay.

    I'll have the boathouse keys on me, so will have access to the changing rooms, toilets and hose pipes.

    Wind Update - now forecast at 10-11mph





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    P.S. Bring 2 for car parking... I have some free passes, but can't guarantee that they'll be available!

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    1. Adrian
    2. Maj
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    7. Adam (from PHCC)
    8. Jim
    9. Jo

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    wish I could join you but I'll be working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Lutley View Post
    wish I could join you but I'll be working.
    Another time Colin, i will take my camera and take photos of the dolphin for you

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    Thanks. Go on rub it in.

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    Thanks for the information, Adrian. Looking forward to what should be a cracking day. Jim

    Quote Originally Posted by silverbeard View Post
    Woot woot, just do it Jim, bring your swimming gear too perhaps.
    Swimming gear, Maj. What can you possibly mean...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Lutley View Post
    wish I could join you but I'll be working.
    Me too :-(

    Col

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    Wind forecast now revised to 3-7mph and very little cloud cover!

    Bring your hats and plenty of sun screen!

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    Yeah, looks dreadful!!!
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    Hope you have a great paddle, I'm committed to weekend camping/canoeing in Chichester harbour. See you all soon.

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    I would like to join you please

    1. Adrian

    2. Maj

    3. Mal

    4. Nick

    5. Graham

    6. Tom

    7. Adam (from PHCC)

    8. Jim

    9. Jo

    10. Graham d

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    Hey Graham, welcome to the group - looks like it's going to be a great day for it!

    Just one request to all coming, please don't park your cars along the front edge of the car park - by all means unload by the slipway, but then please move your cars to the back of the car park to allow the locals to enjoy the view when they pop down

    Many thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdrianO View Post
    Hey Graham, welcome to the group - looks like it's going to be a great day for it!

    Just one request to all coming, please don't park your cars along the front edge of the car park - by all means unload by the slipway, but then please move your cars to the back of the car park to allow the locals to enjoy the view when they pop down

    Many thanks!

    is the parking still free?

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    No Maj, parking charges are now in place.


    Quote Originally Posted by AdrianO View Post
    P.S. Bring 2 for car parking... I have some free passes, but can't guarantee that they'll be available!

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    Well we ended up starting with 7 out of 10, then rose to 8, then 9 and then 8 paddlers, so all in all a successful day - we didn't lose anyone!

    Lots of photos to sort through, but a huge thank you for everyone who made the effort and came down to enjoy the sunshine and (at times) challenging conditions - here's the data track for the paddle:



    You will notice the 'sand/mudbank that we cut across on both ways East of Gigger's Island!

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    Thank you for organising Adrian. A very enjoyable day out.

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    Adrian - great outing thanks again.
    Super day, glad the weather was kind, tempted to do the other end now!

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    To echo the above, thanks for organising this one. An excellent way to spend the day.

    Steak on the beach was a good end to the day, then headed home.

    Oh, and the ice cream van turned up whilst I was waiting for Maj's unplanned shuttle run to take place! Result.
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    Adrian
    Thank you for organising an epic day on the water and for your support when I was struggling. I had my nervous moments, but overall, I really enjoyed the day. I hope I didn't hold anyone back.
    We ended it well with a fried dinner on the beach.
    Jim

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    Thanks Adrian for planning the trip Poole harbour has been on my wish list Jim hope you recover from three days of padding
    Graham

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    Thanks everyone, it was a lot of fun with a few 'interesting' holes to plough through!

    It would be good (if I can find the right tides and weather window) to paddle from Lake Pier, out of the harbour to Old Harry, then wildcamp and return, but numbers will need to limited on that one...

    Hope to see you all on the water again soon!

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    Adrian, Thanks for organising , really enjoyed it. The old ruin castle and "that view" was something to behold and was tempted to stop for a visit and abandon the canoeing all together.
    Fish and Chips were delicious!
    I particular enjoyed the big waves - the ones with the white edges, the reflections seem to handle them reasonably well and not much water came into the canoe.
    That beach where we stopped was lovely - what a place for a lunch.

    Thanks Jim for coming to the rescue at the end! was tempted to sleep out on the beach!

    Maj

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    really pleased with this photo...



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    Quote Originally Posted by silverbeard View Post
    really pleased with this photo...



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    We need to get Graham a Tilley type hat.

    Good shot Maj.
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    I have a Tilley hat but forgot to take it yesterday and my neck shows that mistake.

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    I loved Graham D's Tilley hat... thats seen a thing or two i bet. My own primark had is gettting a bit worn out - its becoming my fabvourite head cover now.

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