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Old 27 September 2011, 06:30   #21
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Good to see you guys planning something like this. I'm sure that RIBnetters this side of the pond will show some tangible form of support. I will not forget the excellent welcome/assistance we got in the IOM, for example...

A couple of thoughts in no order are:

It would be nice if you could stop over, it enhances the experience and gives crews a chance to R&R. Plus you have no pressure on the return leg, returning earlier in the day, soberish Weather forecasting is good enough now to give you a secure 36 hour window.. The fact is on a trip like that you have to be ready for the unexpected anyway, many's the boat got left behind...

You can forecast fairly well for wind, but fog is another matter and would be a likely one for you to encounter. You are all big boys and far be it from me to tell any of you how to do a day like that, but I would be thinking along these lines if I was the "organiser" (remember, if anything goes wrong, someone will want to interview the "organiser").

1. Passage plan it and run through the plan at a skipper's meeting before the depart.

2. Marshall it - List boats and PAX, coordinate comms, if there are more than 2-3 boats, designate a lead and sweeper boat - especially if you do decide to run in pairs. I don't like pairs, btw - too easy for them to get separated and there's no backup plan. The last pair, the slow/shaky/tired pair, will be alone...

3. Talk to the Irish CG, they're not overworked and will take an active interest in your crossing, especially if you are a biggish group of small boats. They'll hear your group comms.... I'd phone them and file a TR on the morning. They'll see you right.

If there was enough beer in it for me, I could be induced to deploy a 110 and jerry cans to Wicklow.

That pub looks like a dump, does anyone deffo know it to be otherwise?
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Old 27 September 2011, 09:32   #22
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Can't let Chris & Dean get all the tall tails about crossing the Irish Sea.

Count us in

Stop over for us will probably depend on the availability of accommodation especially if we're going for a short notice trip (the Mrs is not keen on tents, having said that she is not that keen about ribs either!)
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Old 27 September 2011, 10:02   #23
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Willk, any other ideas for a pub on the east coast that is nice and opposite Anglesey?

Hmmmm. On a point from willk, anyone got AIS or radar reflectors?
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Willk, any other ideas for a pub on the east coast that is nice and opposite Anglesey?
No, and I have no knowledge of the one you guys are looking at, hence my question. I had a look at it on Google Earth and it doesn't LOOK great, but that's just me Spidey Senses. If I had to guess, I'd say it was a busy local "Nitelife" kinda place - all good if that's what you want. I'll make Enquiries for you, if you like. I'm sure we have a RIBnetter near "Wickla" who is in the know
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No, and I have no knowledge of the one you guys are looking at, hence my question. I had a look at it on Google Earth and it doesn't LOOK great, but that's just me Spidey Senses. If I had to guess, I'd say it was a busy local "Nitelife" kinda place - all good if that's what you want. I'll make Enquiries for you, if you like. I'm sure we have a RIBnetter near "Wickla" who is in the know
Don't suppose it needs be Wicklow, anywhere on that strip of coast, or if not I'd still love to do IOM.

Not hijack thread to go elsewhere, just want destination to be worth it.
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Just checked, as of May 2011, The Bridge Tavern was Not Trading. I don't know the current status. I've not been to Wicklow Town, and I'm not knocking it.

BTW, Arklow is an obvious alternative
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Very tactful for you willk!

TT, any thoughts? How about IOM instead, there must be a nice bay/harbour/pub there?!
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Hmmmm. On a point from willk, anyone got AIS or radar reflectors?
AIS is next on my list, I have an Echomax "dustbin" & SeaMe already.

PS I'd be up for IOM but not on TT week
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Agreed, whilst I'd like to see TT (not Tony t) it would be so busy. I fancy IOM then, so where's best to go to on the coast to moor up for a couple of beers, a bite to eat and a ribnatter?

However TT himself started the thread, best wait to get his view once he logs on after putting his black shadow on. Evidently he has to put it on instead of his wolves top to log on or he just cant get his head in the right space!
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Old 27 September 2011, 13:01   #30
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Very tactful for you willk!
No, I said I didn't know Wicklow, and I don't. There are nice pubs everywhere, this I do know. Except Lerwick, which is a shit hole
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