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Old 06 May 2013, 05:21   #211
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Team report 2013

To all those who came to the Easdale RIB Rendezvous 2013 we hope you enjoyed your on water experience. Our experiences operating Seafari have taught us never to rely on the weather and to remain flexible at all times. We appreciate everyone supporting the on water decisions without question. We think it lead to a totally different experience for many.
Saturday, the forecast was difficult but one had to remain positive. As we left Easdale and headed to Fladda we knew the answer about Jura. Pigs Bay was going to be the limit. Mad Brad and Fiona Me confirming our thoughts. The run to Crinan was interesting and the presence of the larger RIBs escorting and ‘herding’ ensured everyone’s safety.
Crinan is ideal for a large group with ample space to tie up, the coffee shop etc. Indeed Crinan provided a focus with everyone there and able to chat all things boating. We counted 31 RIBs tied up here.
Loch Craignish gave some more interesting seas particularly as the group rounded the Dorus Mor with wind against tide. We were on Neap tides so it is easy to appreciate what this stretch of water could have been like had it been Spring tides.
Reaching Croabh Haven we met up with a group of around 9 RIBs (Dougcrock) who were to join us at 0930 Saturday morning. I heard they had opened their curtains at Dunstaffnage and had quickly drawn them again before heading to Easdale for lunch.
Returning via Cuan Sound, the passage to Easdale was again best described as interesting.
Sunday’s tour around Lismore disintegrated as the sunshine turned to drizzle and mist. Another challenge of a navigational nature and again perhaps a realisation that the sea in which we play has many moods. The ‘McFadyen’ guided tour under Clachan Bridge at 1430 sort of didn’t happen. Alastair deciding that he was too early to meet the group had called in at the Tigh an Truish to sample an ale and was to take his first mouthful when a group of RIBs passed safely by the pub window. Ah well, best laid plans
Despite the weather we hope everyone enjoyed their time here at Easdale and would like to thank all those who supported the event and particularly to those who helped in making the event run smoothly.

Easdale RIB Rendezvous Team.

A REQUEST
If you have any good photos we would love to see them as Bex will make a video of the event and place on Youtube. I know some have video footage. We also need photos for the website.

2014 – an early warning
There is a local wedding on the corresponding weekend in 2014 and the majority of the accommodation has already been booked. This will cause problems. The ERR Team have a number of ideas which we will bounce around and get sorted in the autumn.
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Old 06 May 2013, 05:32   #212
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Getting windy now though...
Yeah.... this bit was simply a tidal anomaly! ...which a couple of us felt we had to go back and play with - err I mean do some scientific research into boat handling when fuelled for a long trip.....



Great weekend, big thanks to Tony & the team for organising it. I know a lot of us found things about our boats' setup that needs altered for the next big wave session. - One of the big advantages of a cruise in company.

I am now looking for a bigger diameter instead of a higher pitched prop! Aeration was order of the day!
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Old 06 May 2013, 06:53   #213
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- First leaving Easdale.
- Second the only (I think?) SR4 on the trip
- Rest showing that ironically the Corry-v was the flattest bit of the trip!
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Old 06 May 2013, 07:16   #214
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Couple more:

- First leaving Easdale.
- Second the only (I think?) SR4 on the trip
- Rest showing that ironically the Corry-v was the flattest bit of the trip!
Great pics of the Beast there- who's that waving Wilk?
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Old 06 May 2013, 16:05   #215
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Tony & crew, many thanks for another fun and safe weekend of boating. Although we didn't make jura some of us sampled its delights in the bar! Will catch up in the next few weeks when hopefully the weather will be kinder.
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Old 06 May 2013, 18:35   #216
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Someone was WAVING me?

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Old 07 May 2013, 13:48   #217
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We had a great weekend catching up with old friends and making new ones. Not the best weekend weather wise as we all know, but at least we did get out both days. Thanks very much Tony and the ERR team and we look forward to hearing what you decide for next year. Mike has lots of pictures and videos that he will send on.
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+1 big thanks to Tony and the ERR team. Was a great event, got to see a lot of places and had 3 very good days out in the RIB. Will definitely be back, hopefully for some sunshine next year

Great to be blasting along with a pile of other RIBs - big smiles all round

Loads of chat and help - especially from Pete, who sorted out a wee cooling issue on my outboard in a few minutes flat. Sorry didn't find you in pub to buy you a beer. Next year for sure....
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Old 07 May 2013, 19:24   #219
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A brilliant weekend despite the crappy weather. Many thanks to tony and the crew at Seafari. Shame you couldn't all stay longer cause today has been sublime. Flat sea, sunshine and warmth. We did Jura, Loch Tarbert (BBQ on beach etc), Islay. Then return via Colonsay, corri, grey dogs, the whole works! Back in time for a couple of pints sat outside the Oyster Bar. Life don't get much better!
Hope to see you all again.
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Old 08 May 2013, 06:41   #220
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Tony, Ted and the rest of the ERR team who pulled the weekend together.
Many thanks yet again for a great weekend.
The run to and from Ireland somewhat wet but enjoyable,
as you can see from the pictures Willk posted.

Appreciate all the effort that went into the weekend, and even with changes
on the fly, the cruising on Saturday worked out well, and covered some new
territory for us in the Beast. So yet again, many thanks
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