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Posted: 13†July†2004 at 10:21am | IP Logged Quote Phil Jerry

Heres a question for the derwent regulars, what time does derwent stay open to on a wednesday evening and are the forecast westerlies likely to be accelerated up there?
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Posted: 13†July†2004 at 11:06am | IP Logged Quote richiephilip

Yes defo! add a few extra knots in a westerly. Thats cross shore up there. It is open until 9pm and there shouldn't be a gate man on (hasn't been this year anyway)
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Posted: 13†July†2004 at 11:34am | IP Logged Quote Phil Jerry

well think ill take my gear to work and head up there after, anyone else going?
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Posted: 13†July†2004 at 12:05pm | IP Logged Quote Ross

PJ, I may pack my kit into my car too. I can finish (Felling) at 4.30pm - not sure quickest way to Derwent from there, missing the worst of the traffic - can you suggest?
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Posted: 13†July†2004 at 12:11pm | IP Logged Quote Tim

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If you head to the tyne bridge and then go left just before it towards the Redheugh (spelling?) bridge then follow signs to the A1 (e.g. left at Red.. bridge).  Then north and onto the A69.  You want to not go up the central motorway as there are roadworks and at cowgate you'll hit the school traffic.



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Posted: 13†July†2004 at 12:43pm | IP Logged Quote Phil Jerry

i would have to suggest the A69 route, there is another older road i think that runs almost parallel to the 69 on the south side of it (not the military road) but i have no idea what thats like at that time of evening (or any time of day).  As for getting to the 69 Tims probably right though you could sneak down past the metro centre by going strarightr on at redhuegh bridge roundabout.  for me from the university ill probably have to go the cowgate or westgate road ways which will be heavy traffic.
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Posted: 13†July†2004 at 12:47pm | IP Logged Quote Tim

I used to work around metro centre - avoid those roads at all costs at that time as there are schools and industry traffic.  Best to get on the A1 sooner.

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Posted: 13†July†2004 at 1:36pm | IP Logged Quote PaulB

I'll probably join you boys there. The back road that Phil is talking about runs up the south side of the river through Stocksfield and Corbridge. This is the was I go to Derwent and I've never seen any heavy traffic on it at any time. There is also a road up the Derwent valley going up throgh Ebchester that although not as quick as the A69, is traffic free and probably more direct. I should be very wary of the A1 at that time of day as the traffic is always bad around the bend next to the Metro Centre. If you are coming that way Ross give me a shout as I can see the A1 from my back garden and I can give you a traffic report.

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Posted: 13†July†2004 at 6:49pm | IP Logged Quote Andy Freeman

I think I shall put in an appearance also. How much will Dick Turpin in the club house demand from us for the evening session?

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Posted: 13†July†2004 at 9:09pm | IP Logged Quote PaulB

I think it is £7.50 for a half day ticket.


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Posted: 14†July†2004 at 6:48am | IP Logged Quote Ross

I'm packing gear now and will head up to the lake after work, unless the wind's completely died. If someone gets there and can send me a text before 4.30 I can post a message on here - 07767 830 472 - thanks.
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Posted: 14†July†2004 at 11:25am | IP Logged Quote Andy Freeman

What time does Derwent open? Anyone know?

 



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Posted: 14†July†2004 at 11:29am | IP Logged Quote Phil Jerry

1pm

http://www.drsc.co.uk/html/opening.html

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Posted: 14†July†2004 at 11:48am | IP Logged Quote PaulB

I'll try and get there a little earlier and let you know what its like. There is no phone reception there so if you hear nothing assume it's OK. It's looking good though as I live in the same valley as the lake and get similar wind. It's blowing about force 5-6 here at the moment.
I'm lookng forward to sailing 20mins drive from home!

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Posted: 14†July†2004 at 1:07pm | IP Logged Quote Ross

Andy, if you're going up, will you be taking your 104? It's just that I have only my 120 and if its blowing this evening i'd be happy to do a swop - for a sail only mind you!!

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Posted: 14†July†2004 at 1:14pm | IP Logged Quote Andy Freeman

Cheeky beggar!!!!!!

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Posted: 14†July†2004 at 11:10pm | IP Logged Quote Ross

So I turned up at DW at 5 ish after work. Based on the forecasts I took only my 120lt and large sails. When I arrived there were fat [email protected]**rds sailing on 80lt boards and 4.5m sails, and white spray everywhere. Oops. On borrowed kit (4.5m sail and a 104 that felt like a barge in the chop, albeit a very fast one - thanks PB and Andy) I got thrown around in the gusty winds and had a whale of a time subject to the quick muscle-tiredness that comes from 5 weeks without a sail and lots of business travel mixed with not much exercise. Forearms were pumped and some poor quality sailig was exhibited but a fix is a fix and that Derwent pond doesn' half get some wind! Boydy, PB, Andy F and PJ sailed and Steve Shaw came but had brought big kit like me. How did the salty crew get on?

ps Peter can you put this in News please as I've mislaid the URL to do so? Many thanks.
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