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Old 05 October 2003, 05:55   #1
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The dark side sees the light?

Jon Fuller, former scourge of RIBnet and best chum of Dirk Diggler, is well known for his preference of hard boats over RIBs. But it seems that he may have seen the light at last!

Yesterday at the Drivers Wharf Poker Run he was seen riding in a Phantom Evolution RIB (see, the beloved Phantom has evolved into a RIB -- must be progress!), a 6.5 metre Scorpion RIB and a Scorpion cabin RIB. He didn't show much interest at all in any of the hard boats.

Look! Here he is in a RIB:
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Old 05 October 2003, 06:00   #2
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Oh yes, I forgot to mention that it was also towing an Extreme Marine race boat.

See, they don't even need tubes to fall off to make them stop

By the way the poker run was a great day out. Thanks to Gill & Fiona and everyone else at Drivers Wharf. Look out for more next year!

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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
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So, who won the Poker run John?
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Mr Kennett announced he would like to try the 10m boat WITHOUT the tubes, as he felt their removal would make no difference whatsoever!
Not quite, but nearly! I don't know how much difference the tubes make -- that's why it would be interesting to try!
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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!
It wasn't all that rough really, but it was certainly a bit bumpy. Having nothing to prove I split the difference between the mincers' course and the ruffty tuffty course -- good thing I turned back when I did as they were already starting the next leg by the time I got back!

The Phantom Evolution was certainly running well (as it should have done with Neil "seven times world champion" Holmes at the wheel!). The Tecno 40 was nothing sort of awesome in the bumpy bits, but a V24 batboat was giving it a real run for its money.

Chris Strickland won the poker run with 4 tens. Despite that (!) in all it was definitely a good day out. Thanks Stuart for the loan of the boat too

John

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It wasn't all that rough really,
I don't want to be picky, but how would you know? You turned back long before the rough bit!
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You turned back long before the rough bit!
I turned back a couple of miles before Needles Elbow. Must have just missed the terrifying "wall of water" out past the Hurst Narrows

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I turned back a couple of miles before Needles Elbow. Must have just missed the terrifying "wall of water" out past the Hurst Narrows

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MMmmmmm! tell us again why you turned back!
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Didn't want to keep everyone waiting. Little did I know they weren't going to bloody wait anyway . . .

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How does it feel to be back Jon?
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