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Old 09-21-2006
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Red face Sailing plan - Rotterdam > Finisterra Cape, Waypoint list avaible???

Looking forward to find a waypoint list regarding this journey.


Start entering the english channel, SW direction, along Belgium and French coasts

I'm a bit concerned weather to sail out, near the inner border of the NE TSS or really near the coast.
If out, I'll might have some problems with the merchant vessel traffic on the TSS.
If in, near the belgium coast (Dunkerke) I'm concerned about the shallow waters present in that area and consequently short but unconfortable swell.

Shall I go out, or near the coast while entering the English Channel?

Thanks for your opinions

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stay out of the TSS

Good day,

Take my advice and stay outside the TSS's, you are allowed in the coastal shipping area as long as your boat is smaller than 20 meters. Big ships see you late and are often restricted in manoevring by draft. Your radar reflector only shows you in good weather and not with windforce 4 or more, and then I am speaking of a very good radar.

Also, rely on your own planning, not somebody elses. If you are not ready to make your own voyage planning, stay home! Things can always change and you be able to cope on your own, there is nobody out there to help!.

The best newest aid to navigation in the busy areas is AIS, where you know the nams of the ships around you and what there doing. A receiver starts just under the 400 euro.

Good luck,

John
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Belgian Coast

Vasco,

The Belggian coast is not as bad as it looks, do not go out when there is a strong westerly. There is ample water, three meters or more. The currents mainly go paralel with the coast. Try to have following tide currents as much as possible, speed makes you feel better. As soon as you passed Brion currents get less and your in more or less sheltered waters. To Finisterre is a nice trip with good weather!

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