2017 Tamar Summer Cruise Weekend
 
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Offline Gaz

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The 2017 Tamar Summer Cruise Weekend will be held on the 8th and 9th July. Exploring the tidal reaches of the rivers around Plymouth and weather permitting a little bit of the beautiful west country coast line. You have the option of attending for both or either day, just let me know in the comments. This is a lunchtime low tide weekend so expect mud.

Cruise A) The Tamar: Exploring the River Tamar and tributaries, will include a stop off for the now compulsory pub lunch and just possibly a chance to set foot on Drakes Island.  Launch site will either be Weir Quay or Saltash, numbers as always will dictate the final choice.

Cruise B) The Coast: Weather permitting - explore along the coast around Plymouth.  As this trip is away from the relative safety of the Tamar estuary and as I will not be so familiar with recovery points I advise that this is a trip for reliable proven craft only.

Cruise C) More Rivers: Back on the Tamar or if participants don't mind trailering craft to a different river around 45 miles away the Fal or Exe. 

The coastal cruise will take priority, if the forecast be better on Saturday then Cruise B will be on Saturday and one of the rivers on Sunday and vise versa. If the weather is not suitable for coastal cruising then both days will be river cruising

Camping is avalible but I recommed you book early to secure a pitch,  please contact http://www.comptonpark.co.uk/ and make your own arangements but be sure to mention bringing a Hovercraft so they can give you an apropriate pitch. Be warned that the campsite is 10 miles from the slipway but there is a good pub nearby (my local).
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Online Nick Flint

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Thinking of the future here guys and have just registered for this, presuming my Otter will be well finished and shaken down by then. As its a fair way down the road for me i will look into some camping sites etc around the River Fal in addition to, the Tamar area, as i did some awsome cruising (as of yore) down The Fal, St Mawes etc, 1987 ish in my Osprey Falcon cruiser, whilst staying in a cottage. I will try to find my steam powered videos and translate them to digital once a moment appears ‼😜
Gaz has mentioned Mylor, which rings a bell so if Gaz or anyone else has any inside knowlege ref launching /camping in motor home then I will chase this up. As ever the main aspect of launch is to NOT upset by noise any locals, and be able to leave the motor home where we launch. That as fas as IM concerned is the main importance.
Perhaps also avoid- RSPB offices or old peoples homes, or MOD beaches encrusted with land mines?


Lets see if we can boost this into a goodie, as i can well recommend the Fal as being heavenly and well stocked with HUGE Gey Mullet languidly relaxing under moored boats, until a harpoon deftly lifted one from the water for the BBQ. It lasted for three days and was superb. Theres something about catching your own food. It WAS a bit of a shock when my plan worked second shot, as I chose one of the smaller fish so as to not end up with too much food! The secret is to NOT aim for the fish but above or below, i cant remember! Its to do with refraction like when you put a stick in the water it appears to bend at the water level.
The cottage owner laughed when i said i would return from the jetty in five mins with a Mullet. As i later sauntered  past his house ( you HAVE to saunter) he conceded i was the first, tho laughed at the harpoon. I looked on this as simply catching my meal, and as such did not in MY mind need to be a sport?


I can also fully recommend Gaz s LOCAL public ale house. THIS Has been fully test driven by myself, and the music and atmosphere was off the scale. The ale was not a problem either as Gaz insisted on driving‼



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Offline joncurtis

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Was ir mylor that we laughed from gaz? We just turned up.unloaded and flew off, no one said a thing.
We could ask if we can use the slip in town by the maritime museum, if there is a few of us. A phone call from someone with a suitable Cornish accent may seal a deal.
one of the guys at work has a mooring on the fal I could ask him for advice, or a friendly contact.
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I think the Fal now has a speed limit ?  'Now' being the last 20 years or so since we were last there !
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Carrick roads area, ie seaward end of River Fal did not have a limit, ie it did start as the fal went eastwards from the northern end of Carrick roads, from jaded memory?
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We went there only a few years ago
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It was November 2011 Jon (Thread here) there's a tiny video of the trip near the end of the thread.

As there are several points being raised I will attempt to address them individually;

Speed limits
Yes there are speed limits (aren't there always!) and I believe Jon and I may have unknowingly broken all of them on that trip ???
5 knot speed limit; Percuil River and St. Mawes, St. Just Creek, Mylor Creek and Restronguet Creek.
8 knot speed limit; Penryn River, Falmouth Inner Harbour, north of Turnaware Bar.
10 Knot Speed limit; River Tamar. River Exe
Although I am not endorsing breaking these limits I have found that If you are behaving reasonably (not being a  :-X ) you can add a few knots. I have yet to see a speed camera on the rivers down here (I have seen River Police with one on the Norfolk Broads though)

Was it Mylor?
Yes, it was, and we were well received, but as Jon said we just turned up unloaded and went so no one got chance to moan. From what I remember mylor is a very busy place when the sun is out, the sun wasn't and we were lucky to park nearby.

Fal Camping
I have heard good things about Carnon Downs Caravan Park which is 8 miles from Mylor. Tregunwith Farm is very close to Mylor but I have no personal knowledge of it. As this is Cornwall and the sea is never far away there are bound to be many other choices.

My Local
It's beyond walking distance for me so as I have to drive (and stay sober) being the taxi seemed to make sense.
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Now then, now then,  NOW THEN! ;)
Tis well past the time to be re-checking out this baby!
Having well shaken down my Otter in Scozzer this is NOW  well within the remit of my craft, and also myself and the camper.
By way of bringing the event to the fore--- are there any thoughts ref extending the cruise, and or the camping to make a little more use of the distance being driven down to---
My craft still needs "embellishments" and finishing off, but I feel THIS will also reboot the final fling to truly finish the craft and also perhaps show Gaz just how best to drink cornish beer.
Although he is "no stranger to beer" I do feel he could be guided a little in this most gentle art form.

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Glad to hear your craft building endeavours have borne fruit and Scozzer was a success. As always Nick you are more than welcome to extend your stay, for my part I will do my best to make that work for you. The weekend will probably stay that as far as the HoverClub is concerned, what individuals do once that is over is entirely up to them.

Shock Horror!!! The Swingletree Pub (my local) may be shutting down. the lease is up for grabs as the landlady's health has taken a nosedive. the pub is owned by Ei Group (formerly known as Enterprise Inns) who do not have a great track record in the area of keeping pubs open. we may have to find another drinking hole!
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Offline Kim Taylor

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I'm up for extending the trip for a few days Nick. I need to be home by the morning of Friday 14th at the latest though... :-\
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Gaz, are we to book into the previous years Camp site directly ?

http://www.comptonpark.co.uk/


I will be arriving in "The Cornwall" Friday tea time (traffic willing) perhaps.
Booking perhaps for Friday Sat and  - Sunners eve ? then perhaps onto another site under consideration to open up pastures newish--?
My craft will be--WHITE. 8)
GEESE its bright.


Are others joining us,,,,, as its pretty close now?
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It looks very much like what started as a "Day" event and then became a "Weekend" will now last the whole WEEK  ??? If any one else fancy a week hovering around Cornwall (Weather Permitting) your welcome to join us but officially this is a two day event, the rest of the week is a bolt on because Cornwall just too nice to be here for only a day or 2  ;D
Details of the campsites for the rest of the week will follow soon.

Booking of weekend campsite
Yes please Nick, book direct with Compton Park Please tell them you're with the Hovercraft Club and they will try to group us up.in one area.

Who's In?
At the moment only 3 are confirmed, You Tom and me. Kim has said yes but is working silly hours (again) and has yet to confirm. If anyone else is coming please go to the top of the thread and Book-in/Confirm.
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Gaz - just updated my attendance to "confirmed" and added comment with my loose plan (work in the way right up to the start date) >:(
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Thanks Kim
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Online Dave Munday

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All booked at campsite, only 8 pitches left for this weekend.
Reply #14 Jun 20, 2017, 4:55 pm