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Old 04 February 2006, 13:28   #11
Country: UK - England
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Just out of curiosity

Was the event sponcered by Norfolk Marine - looks like that boey has Norfolk Marine on it in the second photo of the last lot (I am only curious becasue Norfolk Marine are just down the road from me back home)

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Old 05 February 2006, 14:57   #12
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No we normally are sponsored by Topper and Dinghy Sailing Mag but it was easier to use the racing marks from Grafham than lug the marks that the Association has from round the UK to Grafham!

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Old 05 February 2006, 16:05   #13
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Topper ISO's are quick but the RS200 has to be on of my favourite skiffs, no trapeze though, but nice to sail and quick.
Give me an I14 any day...
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Old 05 February 2006, 17:14   #14
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id prefer a B14 any day, really sexy boats!! they are dirt cheap as well
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Old 07 February 2006, 02:57   #15
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30 Ribs, 7 days, 180 dinghies, 300+ Kids, 100 adult helpers

It sure is impressive seeing that many boats on the water. I was at Grafham last year for the optimist end of season championships in October and we had 300ish optimists on the water with 35/40 RIBs which is an impressive sight.

We have 3 main events with these numbers - Inland Championships in May (at Grafham this year), National Championships (at Pwllheli) (about 70 RIBs and 350 optimists for the whole week!), and the End of Season Championships (being held at Rutland in October 2006) with about 35 ribs and 300ish optimists again.

If you can't imagine what its like with this many boats launching from one place at one time, pop along to Grafham, Pwllheli or Rutland when the events are on (details on www.optimistsailing.org.uk) and see for yourself.

I'd like to thank the Launch and Recovery crews at the clubs where we sail for getting the ribs out in an orderly and timely manner.
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Old 07 February 2006, 03:49   #16
Country: UK - England
Town: Rickmansworth
Make: Ocean 6.3
Length: 6m +
Engine: 200 Mariner
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I have to agree its great to see that many boats in one place and with rescue and safety being their number one concern... Just got back from Rutland where there was the tiger trophy, 250 boats sailing one course!!! Fair enough light airs but when we decided we were going to get wet (A mistake of course) these guys were there straight away!! Me and my crew always say about rescue cover at these events, they are all people who give up their time to look after us, and alot of them use their own equipment etc.....

Hopefully we're having a go at the round the island race in June looks like it could be a first for an 18 foot skiff, so looks like my rib will be out that day as our support boat!!!!

But if any of you guys are out there who support these events and give up your own time a huge thanks from us all.....
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Old 07 February 2006, 06:20   #17
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I just thought it was great to see another Caribe featured
I thought I was the only one!
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Old 07 February 2006, 13:43   #18
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Looks like an excellent experience Chris and Chris.

Top job you guys!


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