This is my first post so I thought I should introduce myself, my name is Paul, and im Crew, webmaster and Boathouse manager for the Aberystwyth Lifeboat. An atlantic 75 called Enid Mary. And before you all start saying, hmm that sounds familiar, yes it was us who flipped our 75 a few years back.
This post is to let you know of an event taking place soon.
Last year approximately 16 ribs left Kinsale in Southern Ireland, and made their way to Aberystwyth in Mid Wales, all in aid of the RNLI (and a few beers in the Aberystwyth boat club). They raised a load of money (exact figures to follow), and had a great weekend.
This year its on again
Leaving Kinsale, following the Irish coast around, stopping off at Kimore Quay in Wexford to refuel. Then coming straight across to strumble head (off fishguard) and following the Welsh coast upto Aberystwyth. Where they will be met by the lifeboat and crew.
The date of the trip will be Thursday 21st April for Arrival in Aberystwyth with the return trip on Sunday the 24th, reversing the route.
Last year each boat had to raise a certain amount of cash/sponsorhip to travel and that is how 'Rib Rub' raises money.
I have been thinking of how people can take part, and here are some ideas.
Those of you interested can go over to Ireland, and do the trip too.
Or we have been thinking of some alternatives, and ideally we just want to do one of these, so if anyone is interested let me know.
Launching at Fishguard, meeting the boats off strumble head and heading up to Aberystwyth with them, then going back on the sunday.
Launching in Aberystwyth, and going down to meet the boats off strumble, and coming back with them.
Launching to the north of Wales, and aiming to hit Aberystwyth at the same time as the other runners. Maybe making it a similar distance?
These are just some ideas in the ways people who are interested can take part, of course whatever you do raising funds is the main aim.
I will get some more info together on money raised and so forth for you.
Hope some of you are keen and look forward to meeting you.