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Only boat running today will be st faith ..vow pulled from 7 am and all the other services not running 

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So the oldest ferry is the only one that can cope with these (admittedly exceptional) conditions. Makes you wonder what will happen when she finally retires.

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Just shows you need Faith to visit the Island these days...

Of the others: Too much wind for Clare to berth safely, too much risk of a breakdown out in the middle by VoW - what would they do? - and Wight Light probably has insufficient power to cope plus reliability issues.

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This is a question I've thought about before, when they got rid of Cecilia - what are Wightlink going to do as and when they decide to sell Faith? I've not yet been on the VoW on a windy day to see how she copes, I would hope better than the Clare or W-Class but I still wonder if the island could get cut off on a day like this.

Are the Raptors still running today?

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No red funnel boats since about 4 this morning they moved the kestrel into empress dock 

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Ironic that the Ryde link is the only one operating when you consider how the service used to be in the days of Pam and Pat!!

 

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Indeed, well done them. Whatever their other faults, the Wight Ryders are well-designed for their route and have only rarely been cancelled for bad weather.

The fact that they’ve been able to continue while the car ferries haven’t suggests that on this occasion the determining factor has been wind speed rather than sea state.

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From the BBC news website. 

"P&O ferry docks after eight-hour delay

P&O's North Sea ferry, the Pride of Hull, has just docked in Hull from Rotterdam after an eight-hour delay.

The ferry had to abandon an earlier attempt to dock and return to the North Sea to wait for conditions to improve.

All P&O services between Dover and Calais remain suspended."

Ed

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Both st faith and red osprey are in service red eagle loading so,looks like only vow.. and w class .and .red jets  out of service now 

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Cancel last post just had the worst storm through I have ever seen and nothing running lol 

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Don't cancel that post as she is on and probably will stay on

 The status page on Wightlink website a bit hit and miss.

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Red osprey and st faith are running lol and of course the indestructible Wight Ryder 2 .dont know why red eagle isn’t running as she has had refit and a new voith in but the osprey and her toilet issues and overdue drydock is running ....

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Windy Saturday lol ..Yarmouth to lymington suspended ..red jet 1 boat service .hovercraft suspended ....

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2 hours ago, eagleeye said:

Red eagle now struggling at 8 knots.so will she stay in service 

No she gave up first and Red osprey is being pulled out as well and no red jets 

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19 minutes ago, eagleeye said:

Vow unable to get into Portsmouth and turned round

Seems to be going back to fishbourne 

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5 minutes ago, cvabishop said:

That's a bit unfortunate.

Docking at fishbourne after waiting for st faith to come out 

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Just goes to show that an updated version of the Saints would have been the best wat forward in the intersets of a reliable service.

But passenger interests seem to come well down the priority list.

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No more ferries now apart from Wight Ryder 2 till 8 am Sunday will vow have to stay in fishbourne.?

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