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Old 16 January 2003, 10:29   #151
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the meal?

I assume the meal is not included in the quite reasonable rate they quoted me for the room - is this to be booked at a later date?

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Top Organiser Man, Charles, seems to be unaccountably absent from his post at the moment so I will try and answer for him.

The Meal

The Hotel normally charges for groups to use their conference room. (This is usually about 100).
However, if some/most/all of us agree to eat a set meal in their dining room, they then do not subsequently charge, at all, for the continued use of the room for a function. This is pretty standard practice in most of the hotels I have used.
Soooooo, what I did was to ask them to put together a simple, three course meal, with two choices per course, and unlimited tea and coffee afterwards for 15 a head which they have done.
I HOPE that a sufficient number of us will take this up, as it then saves us mucking around for a whipround for the room hire.
It also saves (the not inconsiderable) hassle of trying to find a restaurant that;
everybody likes
we can all agree to go there
we can agree to be at a certain time
the restaurant can take our booking (remember this is a Saturday night during the start of the tourist season!)
etc etc etc

My humble suggestion then is:
for all people booked in at the Hotel, we will ASSUME that you will also dine there UNLESS YOU STATE OTHERWISE.
Those who have not booked into The Invicta, but would like to join us for a meal please tell Charles and me so that we can get you fed.
My guess is we will all have been playing on the water in the afternoon and by the early evening, back at the hotel we will all be hungry and thirsty (though not necessarily in that order). So we will just want to check-in shower/wash, grab a beer, sit down and start noshing, rather than have to traipse off looking for somewhere else.
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Jeez, thanks Brian, saved my bacon. I assumed (never assume, I hear you say) that we were all eating at the Invicta as this is what I discussed with Betty 9the proprietor). The cost of the hotel room is bed and breakfast. I agree with absolutely everything you say Brian. If we have to start arranging restaurants, transport etc, etc it will only lead to tears.

E-mail from Angela from Mayflower Marina:

'Dear Mr. St.Clair-Bolam,

Further to your recent enquiry we are pleased to confirm that we shall be able to accommodate your RIBs during the weekend of 10th and 11th May 2003.

A discount of 10% will be offered against our visitors berthing tariff and trailer parking will be free of charge for those who require it.

There is a free public slipway at the end of Richmond Walk (not usable at all states of the tide). Should any of your members require use of our hoist charges will be at our published rate.

If you would like to forward me your address I shall send you a copy of our 2003 Year Book which includes all of our charges.

We would appreciate a list of expected participants about 3 weeks before the event so that we may make the necessary arrangements. As to the weather, we shall do our best but make no guarantees!

Regards

Angela Rhodes
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Sailport Plc

Good people hey?!
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They are nice people, and Angela pretty easy on the eye as well!

Security there is v. good. 24-hour multiple recording CCTVs, 24 hour security staffing etc.

There is a small chandlery that also does sandwiches etc. on-site marine engineering (may not be open Sunday), and a restaurant which I have never been brave enough to try (looks posh and serves sea food. I don't like either). Also 24 hour diesel, petrol and LPG on the pontoon.

One thing to beware of is speed limits. 4knots inside the marina and 10 (from memory) until you get south of Devils Point. When speeding you get picked upon by (armed!) MOD police ribs. Not to be recommended. To be totally safe, it is best to only open up past Point No. 1 on my map above. This map doesn't show it, but at that point, known locally as The Bridge, there are pairs of red and green marker posts indicating the safe passage through the submarine defence barrier.
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Charles,

I hope you have recieved my E mail with boat/car details.

I hope to stay at the Invicta aswell if I can still get a room!

Brian, can you publish the details of the overnight lauching/berthing fees and if possible cost of fuel at the mairina. Just so I know how many beer tokens to bring with me

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I can only give you partial answers at the moment, I am afraid.

Launching
Assuming you use the public slip, just past the marina entrance, then launch/ recovery is free.
If you want them to crane your rib off your trailer, and lower to the water level.......?? I don't think so !

Berthing
Last S/W Cruise I seem to remember being charged 12 for the night.

Petrol
Sorry can't help. Diesel man myself. Har har har.
At a guess I would say 4/5/6p per litre over forecourt prices.
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Brian,

Thank's for the reply, Diesels are dirty smelly things
Ha! Ha1.

As some people will be wearing there Ribnet "T" Shirts. Could the gentleman who organised the order if you are going to be in Plymouth bring some with him. Extra Large!

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Advice!

A tip for those trailing petrol engined boats down to Plymouth. Fill up the boat with fuel at one of the petrol stations on the A38 between Exeter and Plymouth. They all have lots of room for manoeuvering trailers.

Don't do what I did last year and wait til you get to Plymouth as there are few petrol stations on the route to the marina and the one we managed to find was very tight for a 7.5m RIB on a trailer!

The road down to Mayflower is quite narrow in places but OK if you are careful. The Slip is just past the marina and the flats on the left. Access HW+/- 4hrs or so depending on boat size. No foot access via the waterfront to the marina so you have to take the boat round by sea and get your crew to drive the car back to the marina (not far).

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As some people will be wearing there Ribnet "T" Shirts. Could the gentleman who organised the order if you are going to be in Plymouth bring some with him. Extra Large!
You can order them online -- see this thread

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Coinidentaly or not...

According to my tiday prediction program HW @ Plymouth (Devonport) on the 10th is midday exactly (GMT) so i can't see launching on the slip beeing a problem for anyone, even those keen and arriving at about 9am.

I don't anticipate the M4 convey arriving quite this early, but naturally we'll want to get there in time to get on the water for as long as poss.

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