In an interesting and unpresidented admission, whilst enjoying the evening prize giving and discussing my ride in Chris Stricklands 10M Scorpion, Mr Kennett announced he would like to try the 10m boat WITHOUT the tubes, as he felt their removal would make no difference whatsoever!.....well, talk about dark side see's the light! Touche Mr K!
As a footnote, I'd like to point out to some of forums 'experts' that the smallest rib to choose the non 'mincers' long run out to the needles, which turned out to be quite rough (slight understatement) was the tiny tubed 'rather silly sport rib' by 'Phantom Evolution' joined only by the Techno 40 and Chris's 10m Scorpion, all running at very impressive speed in the unfriendly seas! When rounding shingles elbow, I did ask myself, 'so where is the representitive from the 'site of the bravest mariners in the world' got to? surely he didn't choose the 'mincers'
course! no, that couldn't be, he must have broken down! Sadly the breakdown proved only to be mental. LOL