24-Jun-2006 -- This is the first visit (out of two visits) to a confluence on board of the Trinity Vessel 'Patricia'. The circumstances how this visit became possible can be found on 50N 4W. The Trinity House's Multi Functional Tender ''Patricia' works around the coast of England, Wales, and the Channel Islands undertaking aid to navigation maintenance work, towing, wreck location, and marking amongst other projects. At 80 m long, the 'Patricia' has accommodation for an additional 12 people and benefits from a helicopter-landing pad.
In the early morning of 24 June 2006 the 'Patricia' (while travelling from Swansea Bay to Portland Bill) came through the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago comprising 100 islets, 28 miles from Land's End. The Scilly Isles are noted for a year-around warm climate and exotic plants.
The 'Patricia' took direct course to the Confluence. Since it was early morning and the sky not completely bright, we could see Sevenstones Lightvessel (50°06'09"N 6°06'00"W) flashing while passing though the Confluence. The light could be seen in the north-western direction with a distance of 13.4 km. However, Land's End (21.5 km distance) or the Scillies (18.2 km distance) could not be seen at the Confluence.
CP visit details:
- Time at the CP: 5:30 am BST
- Time to get to the CP: 12 hours
- Travelling distance: 254 nautical miles (458 km)
- Distance to land: 18 km
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 17 m
- Position accuracy at the CP: 8 m
- Weather: Thin layer of clowds, calm sea
- Given Name: The Sevenstones Lightvessel Confluence