Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 23 March 2007, 08:26   #181
Member
 
benc's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: Intrepid
Make: Tornado
Length: 7m +
Engine: Twin 150 Yamaha HPDI
MMSI: 235066402
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,319
Send a message via Skype™ to benc
http://www.saintpatricksdayparade.com/chicago/index.htm
__________________

__________________
benc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23 March 2007, 10:13   #182
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Dorset
Make: ribcraft
Length: 7m +
Engine: suzuki 250
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 133
green!

Ha!
I see from that link that the river was dyed green......

On the way back from the Folly, a couple of the girls on board went a similar shade and nearly turned the Solent water green! and orange from the carrots!
__________________

__________________
Milo72 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25 March 2007, 03:54   #183
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Brittany/Portsmouth
Boat name: Merlin
Make: Solent 6.5
Length: 6m +
Engine: 200
MMSI: soon !
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 5,451
Murder on The Waterford Glass...

March Medina Report

We had a blast! Incredibly lucky with the weather – the last warm day before winter hit again. However the wind blew up enough to be uncomfortable for some and so Natasha Halliday must have been proud of her dad as he prioritised her comfort and escorted us to Gilkicker before heading back for Chichester Bar.

A mad March motley lot set off from Portsmouth. Paul generously insisted I take the helm and our cheerful Crew (Hightower) quickly checked his Insurance Policies . Some of the hardy Western Solenteers made it to Pompey to join the blast and we shot off through & over the messy stuff (boat wakes and whipped-up Solent chop) to find more regular waves Island-side. Milo ( 2 boats plus 72 crew at least!!!!) wheeled around to catch us mid-Solent. Near Cowes we stopped to watch the boats as they shot past, crews grinning from ear to shining ear!. Hardboat Commodore Pete 7 slowed to head up the Medina and swept up the cabinet-full of Waterford glass which hadn’t done so well on the crossing!

There we were, minding our own business and thoughfully photographing the other boats on this most auspicious of days, when Nauti Buoy (fresh from checking on those waiting at Calshot ) decided on a most spectacular fly-by. I’ve never suffered a stuff at standstill before! All I recall was the impressive size of the yellow hull and then a quick duck as a large quantity of water landed on the back of my neck! I looked up laughing to see Paul hadn’t been so quick with the camera…. It was worth it just to see that Nauti face all the way up the Medina!!!

We caught some lively Zapcat action from Gray & crew before setting off in the sunshine for The Folly. On the way we hailed Powerboat Instructor Tim Griffin( keeping a student on the straight and narrow ). The weather brightened up even more as The Folly came into view. Once again the pub absorbed us all with no fuss and Martin and Anto met us in festive Paddy’s Day attire.

Biggles had his prize for the Caption Competition and so did a very young lady who managed the crossing during what were hardly easy conditions . As boaters stripped in the warmth of the pub, Andre revealed (sadly not a bikini) a fetching moss-green fleece in honour of the day that was in it while Andy Hightower went for a paler hue (described later by Martin as ‘mint choc-chip green’. This may have been why you were divested of same at a later stage Andy! For the life of us we can’t quite recall!!! )

It was indeed a privilege to meet such a lot of cheerful and hardy people from Dorset aboard the Milo 72 fleet! ‘JABS and Crew’ (apologies for the anonymity!!!) appear to be well converted to the joys of powerboating and Neil and Karen (Wendy!!!!!) had had an amazing run (‘flight’!!!) from Portsmouth. Jimbo, Laser, NoS and Liz all were in top form (look forward to seeing that new boat!). It was great to meet Peter (of Mayo origins) on his first RIBnet cuise.

The Guinness T Shirts were a popular idea. The box must have emptied well before we pulled into The Folly! To be sure there were forty shades of green but eventually everyone’s tummies settled down after the lively run and the hardy Littlehampton-Chichester lads even managed some sunbathing (Phil probably tried to fit in a nap!!! Get well soon Wendy! ).

Sadly all good things… And people made tracks for home. A hard core (the crews of Nautibuoy and Merlin & Antionette & Martin) lingered on however and we occupied a table well into the evening much to the obvious delight of The Folly staff . This must be where the pastel green of Hightower’s outfit got too much for us all, Robin turned paparrazo and some of us used the special Paddy's Day dispensation to go back on the vino . The indefatigable Holly tolerated us ‘grown-ups’ as we polished off some sundowners before finally waving off Nautibuoy, mooring Merlin for the night and heading off to our hotel to celebrate Martin’s birthday. We had a top weekend on the Island of Wighty before blasting back to work on Monday morning!

For us a Paddy’s Day to remember. It was indeed a Mad March Blast and a great beginning to the season for some. Paul’s photos will follow and sadly no, that’s not antifoul on Merlin’s hull!!! It has since been scrubbed by a pair of layabouts and looks a bit smarter! Thanks all for your excellent company and bonhomie and to Hightower for being such a cheerful crewman (even when nearly dumped in while videoing!) Thanks to RIBnet for making it possible to muster such a hassle-free day out!

Lá le Pádraig shona dhaoibh go léir!!! (Happy Paddy's Day)

Kathleen & Paul


Notice To Mariners : The gArfish seems to have a part-time job at The Camber (see recent ‘Crane-Driver incident’ ) parking trailers for unsuspecting RIbsters.
__________________
Happy New Resolutions!!! : RIBbing for the craic!!!
The Jackeens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25 March 2007, 12:48   #184
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Brittany/Portsmouth
Boat name: Merlin
Make: Solent 6.5
Length: 6m +
Engine: 200
MMSI: soon !
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 5,451
Folly Blast

Downloading the photos at last! Will post in the Photo Gallery on this thread
Mad March photos

Paul

March 2007 at The Folly ....
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	RIBnet Paddy's Day 2007 #1.jpg
Views:	131
Size:	61.0 KB
ID:	25678  
__________________
Happy New Resolutions!!! : RIBbing for the craic!!!
The Jackeens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26 March 2007, 07:00   #185
RIBnet supporter
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Over there ---->
Length: 3m +
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 240
Excellent photos guys!
__________________
I don't have an attitude, I have a personality you can't handle.
Sixy_the_red is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31 March 2007, 17:50   #186
Member
 
Hightower's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Fareham
Length: 6m +
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 7,855
Check this out!

[YOUTUBE]GO72li0hQgc[/YOUTUBE]
__________________
Hightower is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31 March 2007, 18:12   #187
Member
 
Pete7's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Gosport
Boat name: April Lass
Make: Moody 31
Length: 9m +
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 4,850
Excellent
__________________
.
Ribnet is best viewed on a computer of some sort
Pete7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31 March 2007, 18:18   #188
Member
 
Hightower's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Fareham
Length: 6m +
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 7,855
So worth the wait then
__________________
Andy

Looks Slow but is Fast
Member of the ebay Blue RIB cover club.
Hightower is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31 March 2007, 18:20   #189
RIBnet supporter
 
Nauti Buoy's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: West Wittering
Length: no boat
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 1,447
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
So worth the wait then
Well done Andy, brilliant job, "wanted"................ git,
__________________
richard@kidzrides.co.uk
Mobile: 07885 487777
Nauti Buoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31 March 2007, 18:22   #190
Member
 
Hightower's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Fareham
Length: 6m +
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 7,855
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nauti Buoy View Post
Well done Andy, brilliant job, "wanted"................ git,
At the end of the Song, she says "I think I need the Doctor" you where bloody lucky you didn't need one that day
__________________

__________________
Andy

Looks Slow but is Fast
Member of the ebay Blue RIB cover club.
Hightower is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 23:16.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.