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?
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