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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:18 am 
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The question I am repeatly getting is how much of a hassel is it to lauch at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour.Maybe someone who has lauched a Hobie from the ramp could share some of there experience.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:05 pm 
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I've launched there plenty of times on a Tornado and it's no problem at all. Hopefully they'll have the safety line hooked up from the end of the ramp which will make it much easier to hold your place in line for the ramp.

Also, we ran the Youth Worlds there on H16's a couple of years ago and the kids had no problem at the ramp after the first day. Once they figured out the routine it ran very smooth.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:22 pm 
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Mike

I have sailed there before and it's really a non-issue. There are three ramps. The front ramp is real wide and more of a gradual incline, not your typical steep, narrow motor boat ramp. At the CORK regatta they literally launch hundreds of dinghies a day on this ramp. This ramp is also very close to the harbor entrance and all CORK indoor facilities.

If the prevailing wind is blowing, coming back you will come head to wind as you face the ramp. They run a thick line a hundred or so feet out of little buoys. You come in, grab the line and haul yourself in. It also works well to hold you spot if there is someone in front of you.

The other two ramps are a little smaller and they are farther back into the marina. You have to do some tacking in close quarters to get back there. The benefit of the back ramps is a nice grassy area right across from the ramp to rig on.

If you are going to use the front ramp, you need to bring something to park your boat on at night. There is no grass in the front area, it's all a pavement. Wheels with some stern cushions or anything soft you can lay on the ground will do.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:51 am 
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We had one year when the wind was strong and coming from a different direction when we had to back the boats down the ramp and give them a quick turn and shove to avoid the large Coast Guard boat. I stood in the water up to my chest and launched every boat. the fun part was doing my own when no one was left. It was a cold day after that. May want to have in the water help on hand, just in case.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 3:03 pm 
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I've never had a problem

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 7:51 am 
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This is the ramp:
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Bob's OK, but Liza found the drop off:
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This is me and Fluffy pulling up to the ramp on the line they trail out:
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Another view of the ramp:
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There is a sharp drop-off - don't get off your boat before you get to the shallow part (like the Griskos did):
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All photos were taken in 2003 by Stuart Crabbe.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:09 pm 
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I think Liza is P-ing

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:45 pm 
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Don't drink the water......


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:21 am 
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:D

There is also another ramp down farther - you have to sail thru more boats to get to open water but either ramp works fine. GO TO THE RACE - the ramp will take care of itself.

Kingston is a great place to play.

DEQ204

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:25 pm 
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The ramps are very similar to the boat ramps we have at our Yacht Club in Thunder Bay,but they look more user friendly,in that they are not as steep.Our ramps get into deep water in a hurry,more designed for trailering motor boats down the ramp.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:40 pm 
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Mike - these ramps are no problem - look how easy it is for 107629 above - truly acting with skill and grace.

You're gonna love it.

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