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Old 09 May 2005, 06:56   #361
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Louise,

Dad (Ray) enjoyed the ride on the way up, and Shannon and Jodi loved the trip on the way back - we could see the grins on there faces from our boat

I have a bit more practicing to do in my boat to catch the waves better and give my passengers a smoother ride - however I was trimmed better on the way back, which stopped the sideways lurching I had a couple of times on the way up.

Also, just want to say a big thank you for Andre and the others for arranging a great weekend. Shame about the weather - but as Richard said the other day, big waves wont look as big anymore
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Old 09 May 2005, 11:57   #362
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I am sure Farfetched never adopted that extreme nose up attitude of Intrepid.

{If we did, I am glad I did not realise it!!!}



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A few times I looked back bruce, I could see you at at least the same angle we were there but could see completely beneath your boat!
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I am sure Farfetched never adopted that extreme nose up attitude of Intrepid.

{If we did, I am glad I did not realise it!!!}



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Oh yes it did!
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Old 09 May 2005, 12:25   #365
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I have a bit more practicing to do in my boat to catch the waves better and give my passengers a smoother ride - however I was trimmed better on the way back, which stopped the sideways lurching I had a couple of times on the way up.
Well done for making it BenC....did you say it was your first trip ?
One to remember by the sound of it!

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Old 09 May 2005, 12:26   #366
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Boy, am I glad we towed to LAmpton
Big waves are only 'big' as in the 'big fish that got away'......

It was huge fun, actually, and although there were some jarring crashes as we left Brighton as I practiced the theory of rough weather handling for real on Paul and Harry, the hero was of course the boat. Once Paul took over, and explained a bit more by word and practice what he was seeking to achieve... ahead of the really bad stuff... the crashes reduced in frequency and intensity.

We hardly got wet at all.

I took over again as we approached the Owers knowing if I did not try it then and chickened out I would never ever do it 'for real'. Having Paul as an expert beside me, and a supportive Harry, and with Blue Ice in attendance,
this was as good a 'safe' shot at this size of sea as I was ever likely to get in a 'training' situation.

Actually, it was nothing like as difficult as I expected, although taking attention off the sea even for a moment to watch Blue Ice or Intrepid resulted in either a harsh crash down or some big spray! Powering hard up the waves, and then whipping down almost to neutral as we came off the top off resulted generally in a good landing, and then power on again to full throttle, seeking all the time the gaps in the hills and avoiding the worst of the potholes!

I was amazed that the engine could go from almost neutral to full throttle to back again, again and again and again, wave after wave, with no problems at all. Superbly responsive. And the hull was just fantastic... a nearly dry ride and, once we had worked out how to play the sea, very few hard impacts at all.

Was I scared? ..... the big wave experience I mentioned earlier did cause an adrenalin rush..... I had remembered reading in (wait for it) Rib International that a breaking wave can really cause problems for a rib, so that gem and the power of the engine to swing hard across the wave was indeed 'useful'.

Would it really have been a problem if I had not taken evasive action? Don't know, but I made plenty of other mistakes during the afternoon, and there was never once when I felt the rib was even close to failing to handle the sea, despite my lack of experience. We never had much water in the boat, and I never felt we were even close to a loss of control.

My message from the weekend is - don't try this unless you have supportive friends close by, in your boat and alongside. But I would encourage people to 'have a go' - with support (and RIBnet events are onoe of the ways to gain this support) - you can always turn back as a group with no loss of face and adopt Plan B if it all becomes too unpleasant!

I was truely amazed by what our 6.5M Solent could do.

And the Simmons in their 6M diesel (also a Solent) are the real heros of the trip!
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From reading the earlier posts the message is the same.

EVERYBODY HAD A GREAT TIME

and that is what ribbing is about

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What an amazing experience! Thanks Ben - thanks André - thanks Louise and Richard - thank you everyone we met - but most of all thank you weather for one of the most thrilling experiences we have ever jumped head first into

Kaz and I were cajoled, persuaded, bribed, even threatened by Ben to undertake the event. Well Ben!! It's our turn! We are going to cajole, persuade, bribe and even threaten you TO LET US GO ON THE NEXT ONE!!

Although we had been out with Ben a couple of times before the trip, we now realise that we had only been in dead calm water on the previous trips. The big water was quite an experience nay, a hell of an experience

I was more fortunate than Kaz because I had been broken in gently (if you can call it gentle) by Richard and Louise in their trés rapide bullet, ”Blue Ice”. Thank you so much for taking Shannon and myself on the outward journey.

We were quite sad at missing the evening event, especially after lunching with some of you and meeting others at the Black Rabbit but, not being used to so much salt in one day, we were exhausted.

Shannon and Jodi both say a massive thank you to Richard and Louise for being so caring and missing the really enormous waves that they saw to the sides, ahead and behind on the eventful return trip.

Here's looking at you Mr Weather - Hope we meet you again soon (hopefully we will have crash helmets and a little better wet weather gear next time).

Good luck all and safe ribbing.
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Well done for making it BenC....did you say it was your first trip ?
One to remember by the sound of it!

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It was my first trip of that distance - however have spent longer in the boat... and obviously the harshest seas i've handled (or tried to!).

I am definately looking forward to trying again
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It was my first trip of that distance - however have spent longer in the boat... and obviously the harshest seas i've handled (or tried to!).

I am definately looking forward to trying again
Nice looking boat...niiiiice twins too!!!!

Cool family

Catch up with you soon!

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