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Old 04 June 2005, 18:59   #1
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Bangor/Donaghadee/Portpatrick RIB Raid 2005

I was collared Gail Eastwood, organiser of the International RIB Raid, at RIBEX who asked me to post some details of this year's event. It has built up a fantastic reputation over the last few years, and this one sounds better than ever.

They have a new sponsor this time. Get this Jackeens -- it's a company called "Feckin Irish Whiskey"! As if gallons of compulsory Guinness wasn't enough . . .

Anyway, the dates are Friday 29 to Sunday 31 July and there are more details at www.ribraid.com

Anyone planning to go?

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Old 05 June 2005, 07:02   #2
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As JK said, this events reputation goes before it.I have been fortunate enough to attend the previous two Ribraids, and will be getting to this one aswell, and hopefully a couple more.
Last years event saw I think 74 boats leaving Bangor Marina, the year before possibly 55 or so.
Its a weekend long event, registration begins on The Friday afternoon/ evening, as with the previouis two events we have attented, the entry price in no way reflects the value in terms of smiles/per miles you get back from the Ribraid and the fun.
There are a few photo links on this thread
Ribraid 2004
The event is centred around Bangor Marina
http://www.crestnicholsonmarinas.co....nas/bangor.htm
Which shares Bangor Harbour with Bangor Lifeboat
also happens to be a Rib "Youth of Ulster".
Bangor Marina is a big, well marked and modern facility.
On the two previous Ribraids ,Gail has had trailer storage organised for the majority of boats which, arrive by road.
Overnight berthing is provided in Bangor Marina.
last year we done a short cruise to Carlingford Marina, on the Saturday, here we had a fantastic BBQ in the hot sun, a nice relaxing evening had by everyone.
The main event takes place on the Sunday.
One of the most important meetings takes place on the Sunday morning, remember with 74 boats , and all with 3 or 4 aboard, its a lot of people travelling from Ireland to Scotland, and at the Saftey Breifing,the team sets the days iteniery and saftey instructions for the trip to Scotland that day.
This event is supported by Ribbers from the North of Ireland, Scotland ,Southern Ireland and The Isle Of Man, participants also travelled from the Uk and in the year previous to this, we had some Dainish sailors and a chap from the Faroe islands come along with us.
The 2003 Ribraid featured in RIB INTERNATIONAL, in FEB/MAR 2004 edition.
The event has also been featured in the Lifeboats Ireland magazine for 2004.
The main event takes place on Sunday, the Ribraid travels from Bangor Marina, under the watchful eyes of Bangor Lifeboat, musters in Donaghadee harbour, and is led out by their new Trent class lifeboat, which leaves us as the fleet approaches the Copeland islands.
The trip across the Northern Channel doesnt take long approx 18 miles, the fleet is met by Portpatricks lifeboat , and led into the harbour.
When everyone is fed and watered, in the local village, we leave Portpatrick, returning to Donaghadee, and the event reaches its close in Pier 36.
Portpatrick 54.50.3n/05.07.8w
Donaghadee 54.38.7n/05.31.81w
Bangor 54.40.1n/05.28.0w

Lighthouse on the Copelands Mew lighthouse 54.42.0n/05.28.0w
Donaghadee to Portpatrick 050 deg true 057 deg magnetic approx 18 miles
Bangor to Donaghadee approx 6 miles


For a flavour of Ribraid 2003 International Rib Raid 2003

you need to start planning this now, accodomation is available in Bangor and its surrounds, I will try to get some useful contact nos up on this thread, see you there
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Old 05 June 2005, 07:34   #3
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Accommodation

http://www.touristnetuk.com/Ni/down/...ced/bangor.htm
http://www.finditireland.com/links/a...tion-down.html
http://www.infotel.co.uk/towns/bangor.htm

whatever you do, dont book a room in Bangor in Wales

http://www.priceline.co.uk/pcln/loca...nd/down/bangor

http://www.information-britain.co.uk...gor&county=109
http://www.allukhotels.com/en/northe...or-hotels.html


Tourist board
http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/

If all else fails phone these guys

http://www.discovernorthernireland.c...productID=6893
I found them most helpful in the past
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They have a new sponsor this time. Get this Jackeens -- it's a company called "Feckin Irish Whiskey"! As if gallons of compulsory Guinness wasn't enough . . .

Anyway, the dates are Friday 29 to Sunday 31 July and there are more details at www.ribraid.com
Paul certainly enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the trips last year

Many thanks to Gav for taking him on board the Hyuscat (while Tim was swanning around Europe ).

Memorable moments? Gav towing the Hyuscat and clearing traffic off every roundabout between Dublin and Belfast! Donaghadee looking like a Greek resort in the amazing weather.

(Sadly that weekend also was the last time we saw a favourite Portsmouth boat...)

A great place to visit. Go for it

missus

(I haven't seen that whisky in the Duty Free yet Wonder if it stands up to Brennivin! )
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Yes Kathleen, I think I will have to get a few lessons in trailer school,just a few refresher ones, a week or two before the Ribraid.
Also maybe dont have Bony-M on too high on the car stereo while towing.


Have a look at some parking arrangements in Portpatrick
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Ribraid - highly recommended

Can highly recommend the RIBRAID even if you just fly in and dont take your boat. Hospitality and friendliness is legendary. Laura and I had a great time last year with thanks to Gavin for the Hysucat experience!
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Yes Kathleen, I think I will have to get a few lessons in trailer school,just a few refresher ones, a week or two before the Ribraid.
Also maybe dont have Bony-M on too high on the car stereo while towing.


Have a look at some parking arrangements in Portpatrick
Hahaha we don't think you need a single lesson...you cleared all the traffic for us

Great photos...reminds us of the beautiful weather

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Some pics of Carrigfergus Marina, just before the BBQ got going
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Just outside Bangor

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Go on the RIBRAID and meet allsorts of interesting characters.....
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