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IOM Crossings

Discussion in 'Maps & Routes' started by Tony Varadero, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. Tony Varadero

    Tony Varadero Active Member Forum Supporter

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    I am thinking of visiting the Isle of Man next spring for a few days. Not sure when yet because of work commitments and definitely not during the TT madness.....mid June possibly
    What's the best crossing in your experience..?
    Heysham looks shorter than Liverpool......any preference..?

    Grazie Mille
     
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  2. austin

    austin Well-Known Member

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    I live about 10 miles from Heysham. I have never been to IoM though. But if you do make the trip and need a break for an hour or two or overnight let me know. You will be very welcome. That’s if we are not on one of our trips.
     
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  3. Tony Varadero

    Tony Varadero Active Member Forum Supporter

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    Thank you Austin, that is very kind of you:)
     
  4. Philwhiskeydrinker

    Philwhiskeydrinker Well-Known Member

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    A few of us (the late Frad, Hudders & DC - the girls flew out) went out a few years back, a couple of weeks before the TT started.
    We took the slow boat out of Heysham & planned for the fast cat back to Liverpool a few days later.....
    That was a fine plan - until the storm hit!

    The planned morning fastcat was cancelled and after some deliberation the Steam Racket decided to sail the slow boat to Heysham that evening, so we went for that, boarded and headed out for a somewhat turbulent crossing of the Irish sea, as we neared the mainland (midnight), it was announced that it was too rough to enter port & we were to sail up & down the coast until the weather eases so we can dock (yeah right), after an an hour or two bobbing about, it's announced we were heading back to Douglas!!!!
    We arrived in Douglas early morning, rather groggy and around 12 hours after we departed the previous evening - to be told it was calm enough and the fast cat was sailing for Liverpool shortly, we eventually boarded and headed off for a 3rd crossing! After managing to scrounge a couple of full breakfasts each, this crossing was much calmer but the whole fiasco must've cost 'em a fortune...

    Sorry about the waffle, it's probably of no help whatsoever!

    Enjoy the trip, it's a wonderful place to tour, although how those boys average over 130mph over the 37 and a bit miles is utterly, utterly beyond me.

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  5. Tony Varadero

    Tony Varadero Active Member Forum Supporter

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    well .... you said it lol
    great story though albeit a little bit off putting lol but it just makes the destination even more appealing thank you !! :) I am not into fast anything really so, I guess the slow crossing sounds appealing.....probably cheaper too.....Ago once said that to run the TT you don't have to be completely deranged.....but it helps lol he should know :)
     

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