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What would YOU do!??? Real Scenario I did last night

Righto chaps and chapettes,

100NM passage by myself London to Calais I did overnight last night.

Theres a very few spots in the world that crossing shipping channels really gets exciting, Singapore Straits and the English Channel are the 2 biggies... perhaps New Providence Channel but thats really pretty tame, Straits of Gibraltar? Maybe.

If you want a fun exercise its: What Would You Do? and compare to what I did'ed. I'll put my actual track up tomorrow.

This chart is Dover in the west and Calais in the east. Dunkirk is off the shot to the far right. Red line is my activated direct route that I wanted to alter once I got close enough to get an AIS plot on how busy it was. BUSY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To help you locate it the aprox center is 51 07.3456 N 001 41.7069 E
Theres a high volume of ferrys going between Dover and Calias and Dover and Dunkirk.




What is not clear it the North Bound is at a Y intersection around that 5 meter depth feature of Sandette Bank. MY Kiran Anatolia took the left fork.



Which way would you go? Method you'd use etc.
Please don't cheat by looking up my track on Marine Traffic.com but sure, use them to check the traffic.

Obviously theres no 'right' answers. Or are there?


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PS Its was a GREAT crossing! Fog came in an viability was less than 1nm. I couldnt see a Cardinal Mark that was 650 meters/years from me! I didn't realize it was foggy until I couldn't see ships lights at less than 1nm, Scary. No I didnt sleep
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Re: What would YOU do!??? Real Scenario I did last night

Maybe...
Anchor on the bank after i stopped shaking and changed pants...then have a 1/5th.
Continue on like a trooper after coming to...

Breaks it into 2 stages...
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Ive not been in those shoes but would think of running it in daylight from dover-ish...straight on.

What was you thinking/reasoning for night?
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Ive not been in those shoes but would think of running it in daylight from dover-ish...straight on.

What was you thinking/reasoning for night?
Night and day are exactly the same to me and I try to train it that way. for example, I detest when people reef at night just because its night. the normal reason is they don't trust their wife on watch by themselves... thats stupid and really sexist.

So this trip worked that if it was broken into two passages, London-Ramsgate and Ramsgate to Calais it just adds length and complexity and means a i day trip takes 2 days. Some frends doing it the same time went London-Queenshead-Ramsagte-France. Taking 3 hops to do what can be done in one.
I find most energy is taken getting underway and arriving, anchoring, mooring etc. The time out at sea is relaxing and doesnt take much energy. especially when I am solo

Doing it from Dover has the added problem that theres ferrys doing the Calais run all day, 2 companies with an hourly schedule so you always having one up your butt plus one heading towards you... and all the crossways stuff. The ships will be looking at ferrys not at little sailboats in amongst. so its important to have the ships thinking about me only

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If it was my boat, I woulld put it on its trailer, drive t onto a ferry at Dover and drive it back off the ferry in Calais

If it was your boat, I might try to stay to the North and East of the Dover-Dunkirk ferry crossing until I was across the VTS lanes, then head SW to deal with the Dunkirk-Calais crossing on its own. Enter Calais from the North East.
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Selling in london and buying anew in france might be prudent.

Thats one hell of a choke point.
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then head SW to deal with the Dunkirk-Calais crossing on its own.
This was a typo, should have read Dover-Calais. Too many D places.
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Will have to look at your passage, without a good bottle of red in me right now. Made a nice dinner and pulled a cork on a winner.

What really occurred to me was what it would be like to be among the vast civilian/recreational fleet that rescued hundreds of thousands of British troops from Dunkirk in WWII. Amazing event. You made essentially the same passage.
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So...
Where off to now?
When is best/favorable to get across biscay?
Is there a 'season/gap' for biscay...or is it a constant?
Tons of fun summer beaches in the med.
Are the 3 month limits a prob for you...as i understand it?
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Re: What would YOU do!??? Real Scenario I did last night

Don't know the waters! My 1st thought would be to work my way south just outside of the main N/S shipping channel. Cross the Dover/ Calais Ferry path then Turn left below and Parallel to the Ferry Traffic Rhumb line. All the Ferry Traffic would be to the North and then you'd have to cross the N/S Shipping channel @ right angle. There's a Separation Scheme, So theoretically, the big ships would all be either to Port or Starboard depending on which scheme you're in at the time. Or, Just follow your Red Line, and Deal with the Traffic! ;-)
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