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Old 08 May 2005, 11:29   #341
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Hi Andre & Phill
Thanks for a super weekend .Paul & I had a fantastic time. Thank you Phill for making us so welcome on your boat. The meal at the Ship & Ancher was fantastic -one of the best meals I have had for some time.Also we would like to thank Noddy for sorting out the camp site.You are going to have to work twice as hard next year to better this weekend.Thanks again for a great weekend.

Mike & paul

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Old 08 May 2005, 14:46   #342
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Was a great weekend, was good to meet everyone, and to put names to faces.

A big BIG thank you to Richard and Louise for taking a couple of passengers from Intrepid - I don't think they would have enjoyed the ride half as much

Sorry we didnt join you guys for the evening meal - we were shattered after yesterdays adventure.

On the way back, we had rather large waves, but was fun trying to get used to handling them

Pictures will come soon, I will be sorting out a website for us all to put pictures on, if anyone is interested on putting some pictures up, give me a PM.

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Old 08 May 2005, 14:52   #343
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Phew - just got my breath back after the Brighton Trip.
I knew I would eventually be useful in my life - didnt think it would be as ballast in Galaxy on the trip back from Brighton - Great day!
What a fantastic weekend many thanks to Andre and Phil.
Also to the friendliest group of people I have met for a long time.
I agree with Mike and Paul that the meal was fantastic - sure I was at the Arun View though, not The Ship and Anchor?
Have loads of pics to post but took them in SHQ - can someone explain how I can reduce them to post them on here?
Anyway thanks again folks
Martyn and Ann
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Old 08 May 2005, 15:43   #344
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Arun wanderings...

Tales from The Riverbank

Wind in the Willows...champers and Tropical Prints!

What a sight…so many RIBnetters going round the bend ..or was it so many bends to go round? The river was tranquil as Andre promised and the Black Rabbit (or the ‘Dirty Bunny’ as someone in town rephrased it) was a fantastic oasis amidst castles and cathedrals down Arun way.

I had a ‘heavenly’ time aboard Galaxsea (thanks Tracy and Phil ) and Juno (thanks Janet and Bill). The lark was in the clear air and the willows drooped to order as we rafted ourselves precariously to a rickety structure on the riverbank. After some acrobatic swinging and hauling (it wasn’t pretty but it worked ) we got to pub level safely for wonderful refreshments in an amazing location.

Then came the return journey ; over an hour of pleasant vistas and relaxed chatting as we motored to our various homes for the night. The meal at the Arun View was wonderful and the company excellent!. A special wedding anniversary was toasted ( Antoinette and Martin ) and we got the chance to thank our great hosts, Wiesia and Andre and Tracy and Phil.
Mr. RIBnet himself (JK) was totally resplendent in a Hawaiian Tropical Print which is no doubt getting an airing in time for Glastonbury.
Really nice to see some new peeps as well! As the night grew late and the DJ dragged out the old favourites, the last remaining passengers made their way to the dance floor and it may be safe to say that there might have been hangovers this morning…say no more

As we staggered home to the wonderful range of accommodation (some with ensuite; one with an ensuite that looked like Pete 7 and Rogue Wave had glassed it in of a weekend) we were all tired but happy with our Littlehampton Adventure.

Sincere thanks for your welcome and warmth Littlehampton peeps and hope to see you soon again.

We went for a blast in The Solent today with Antoinette and Martin and popped round the eastward side of the island to spy the Thundercats but the water was a bit lively again so we retired to The Lightship for some recovery-type refreshments.

You all promised to make Littlehampton an annual date in the diary so we look forward to that ( and I hope we don’t see the precious china presentation on EBay any time soon !)

Thanks again peeps….a lovely weekend in great company !

Photos to follow by Pauly!.

Happy New Resolutions!!! : RIBbing for the craic!!!
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Old 08 May 2005, 15:45   #345
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Another big thank you to Andre & Wiesia, Phil & Tracey (hope your back is a bit better now) for organising an excellent weekend. Richard & I can only echo the comments made by others - great to meet new people, lovely meal, brilliant to be in the company of old friends again. Really enjoyed visiting Brighton too and will definitely be back!

Our trip back was 'interesting' (to say the least! ) but uneventful and TomBuoy, Intrepid, Farfetched and Blue Ice all made it back to the Solent safely.

Will post some pictures and links to some short video clips later or more probably tomorrow!
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Old 08 May 2005, 16:00   #346
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Big thanks from me to Andre & Wiesia, Phil & Tracey for organising,to Bruce for letting me come along,and to everyone else for some great company.
Others have said what an exciting trip it was back from Brighton today and I wont forget in a hurry powering up a wave front to find nothing the other side but a large drop.It really proved to me once again what a terrifically safe and seaworthy concept the Rib is.
I feel like I,ve been all day in a gym rather then on a Rib!
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Old 08 May 2005, 16:34   #347
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We too had a fantastic weekend and a big thank you to the organisers. Thank you also to 'The Edges' who very kindly welcomed us onboard for the trip on the river - good to meet you two.

Great weekend, with great peeps some old friends and some new ones too.

Looking forward to next year.

Martin & Anto

P.S. we thought about the Solent group returning from Brighton as it was lively around the back of the Island . We are pleased that you all made it back safely .

Until the next time....................................
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Old 08 May 2005, 17:20   #348
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Big thanks to everyone for a superb weekend.
Will post some pics and videos tomorow when i have some energy back.
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Old 09 May 2005, 00:39   #349
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Originally Posted by Martin
P.S. we thought about the Solent group returning from Brighton as it was lively around the back of the Island . We are pleased that you all made it back safely .
Thanks Martin - it was an"interesting" trip!
Originally Posted by simmons0
Will post some pics and videos tomorow when i have some energy back.
Dave, I know exactly where you're coming from!
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Old 09 May 2005, 02:00   #350
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We would like to let everyone know what a wonderful time we all had, we had to miss the dancing but I have heard it was a hoot.

The black rabbit was an experience getting the children up the steps, but the highlight was a strange comment made in the ladies loo.

For those who have seen me out on the RIB it is always in a bright yellow survival suit (yes the very same that the crew of 'Spirit' used) so there I am in the loos trying to undo the zip and a woman came in andd asked 'have you just got off a boat?' and she wasn't even Blonde !!!!

Many thanks to everyone who attended you made it a great friendly weekend.

I would also like to say well done to John Kennett who managed to wind up No 3 tadpole AKA my eldest daughter a real treat.


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