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Old 06 June 2010, 07:04   #171
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big big thank you to the local guys Ian and Brian. So nice to be met by RIBNET friends who ran us round douglas in their own cars, offered refuelling facilities if neccessary and generally made us feel welcome. Great when you have just come in out of thick (and b**** cold) fog.
We also met a good guy from Annan who was looking for boating buddies for ribbing in w.scotland-if you read this get yourself on here and make yourself known I am sure you will find people up for some trips
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Old 06 June 2010, 07:54   #172
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Thanks for the kind remarks, it was great seeing you all and putting faces to names. I hope Manannan's Cloak (fog) didn't cause you all too much trouble on the way home to England, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland.
Hope to see you all again.
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Old 06 June 2010, 08:03   #173
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Sounds like you boys had a good day.
One day I'll make the crossing myself when my boat is all grown up!
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Old 06 June 2010, 08:33   #174
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big big thank you to the local guys Ian and Brian. So nice to be met by RIBNET friends who ran us round douglas in their own cars, offered refuelling facilities if neccessary and generally made us feel welcome. Great when you have just come in out of thick (and b**** cold) fog.
We also met a good guy from Annan who was looking for boating buddies for ribbing in w.scotland-if you read this get yourself on here and make yourself known I am sure you will find people up for some trips
Totally echo that BruceB. It was great to be met and with such generosity of spirit too. Many thanks Brian and Ian. Many thanks also to everyone who came along and made this a great trip.
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Old 06 June 2010, 11:57   #175
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3x 8mt Aircafts went from Conwy, 11 persons in total one of the ribs was going to dive just off St Marys.
Set off from Conwy looked like a nice day but from the conversation with Holyhead coastguard we knew we were going to hit fog. For over 2 hrs cruising in what can only be like wearing a Tescos bag on your head, we lost
touch with the dive boat (faulty radio) after 3/4 of an hour searching we found them. Dave Manning jumped on their rib whilst they had a dive, me and the other rib went in to Douglas and tied up. We were met there by Brian (nice guy) who asked if we needed any thing, fuel,help, lift into town.....An hour later the dive rib pulled into the harbour and tied up along side of us.Some went into town and didnt get past the first pub but at 3.30 it was time to head back. The dive boat but an extra 60lts of petrol in it and we all headed back out into the thick fog now with a spare hand held radio. Just 10 minutes into the passage back to Conwy the dive boat was in serious trouble
the filler pipe on the boat had broken off inside the console when the 60lts of petrol was put in and now it was in the bottom of the rib all the dive equipment was awash in fuel and even the battery was completely covered under fuel, I got all divers of the boat whilst we delt with the problem. After 1/2 hour we were underway again, more 2hrs of fog.. this cleared just off puffin island and the last part of the trip was done in nice weather...Just off the Llandudno the dive rib ran out of fuel..well it would do its 60lts missing (lucky I had plenty spare) got it going again and a short trip into Conwy, we where back Today we spent time draining the boat hull of fuel and making good
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Old 06 June 2010, 12:13   #176
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3x 8mt Aircafts went from Conwy, 11 persons in total one of the ribs was going to dive just off St Marys.
Set off from Conwy looked like a nice day but from the conversation with Holyhead coastguard we knew we were going to hit fog. For over 2 hrs cruising in what can only be like wearing a Tescos bag on your head, we lost
touch with the dive boat (faulty radio) after 3/4 of an hour searching we found them. Dave Manning jumped on their rib whilst they had a dive, me and the other rib went in to Douglas and tied up. We were met there by Brian (nice guy) who asked if we needed any thing, fuel,help, lift into town.....An hour later the dive rib pulled into the harbour and tied up along side of us.Some went into town and didnt get past the first pub but at 3.30 it was time to head back. The dive boat but an extra 60lts of petrol in it and we all headed back out into the thick fog now with a spare hand held radio. Just 10 minutes into the passage back to Conwy the dive boat was in serious trouble
the filler pipe on the boat had broken off inside the console when the 60lts of petrol was put in and now it was in the bottom of the rib all the dive equipment was awash in fuel and even the battery was completely covered under fuel, I got all divers of the boat whilst we delt with the problem. After 1/2 hour we were underway again, more 2hrs of fog.. this cleared just off puffin island and the last part of the trip was done in nice weather...Just off the Llandudno the dive rib ran out of fuel..well it would do its 60lts missing (lucky I had plenty spare) got it going again and a short trip into Conwy, we where back Today we spent time draining the boat hull of fuel and making good
I hope the funnel I lent you didn't do the damage??
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Old 06 June 2010, 13:07   #177
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fog virtually all the way back-cleared a bit coming into Morecambe bay. Still 1hr50mins to Knott End from Douglas around 55nm cruising at around 27-28knots at 4800 rpm ish on the 90 suzuki/6m destroyer and around 80litres for the round trip
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Old 06 June 2010, 13:50   #178
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Old 06 June 2010, 13:52   #179
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We just got back to Oban not long ago having stayed last night at Whithorn as planned.

Had fog, mostly quite thick all the way back across. Visibility ranged from about 50m to 200m with odd rare patches of up to a mile at times. Kept a very good lookout and ears peeled on the main passage north of IOM for large ships
Many thanks for the lift and assistance on the island, it was appreciated considering none of us had really ever met despite our internet personas.
I don't know what happened as we left though as everybody scattered as we left the harbour bouys, we stopped a few hundred yards later but by that time everyone had disapeared. We waited for a while then realised everybody could have easily passed us and carried on regardless. Did anybody go north at all? We did meet one very large RIB heading for Ireland that we gave a wave but it wasn't one of ours.
Still didn't find out who wilfish was apart from being told he was one of the participants actually on the IOM trip.
Maybe next year we might see a race and meet up again? I'll post some bits and bobs over the next few days
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Old 06 June 2010, 14:04   #180
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3x 8mt Aircafts went from Conwy, 11 persons in total one of the ribs was going to dive just off St Marys.
Set off from Conwy looked like a nice day but from the conversation with Holyhead coastguard we knew we were going to hit fog. For over 2 hrs cruising in what can only be like wearing a Tescos bag on your head, we lost
touch with the dive boat (faulty radio) after 3/4 of an hour searching we found them. Dave Manning jumped on their rib whilst they had a dive, me and the other rib went in to Douglas and tied up. We were met there by Brian (nice guy) who asked if we needed any thing, fuel,help, lift into town.....An hour later the dive rib pulled into the harbour and tied up along side of us.Some went into town and didnt get past the first pub but at 3.30 it was time to head back. The dive boat but an extra 60lts of petrol in it and we all headed back out into the thick fog now with a spare hand held radio. Just 10 minutes into the passage back to Conwy the dive boat was in serious trouble
the filler pipe on the boat had broken off inside the console when the 60lts of petrol was put in and now it was in the bottom of the rib all the dive equipment was awash in fuel and even the battery was completely covered under fuel, I got all divers of the boat whilst we delt with the problem. After 1/2 hour we were underway again, more 2hrs of fog.. this cleared just off puffin island and the last part of the trip was done in nice weather...Just off the Llandudno the dive rib ran out of fuel..well it would do its 60lts missing (lucky I had plenty spare) got it going again and a short trip into Conwy, we where back Today we spent time draining the boat hull of fuel and making good
"Looks like you all had a great day" good to see you all got back safely, dont now if iv got the balls too do the trip now after reading this thread.,
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