Not much to add to the words above, it felt long on both the outbound and return passages due to the conditions - the boats lapped it up but it left the crews feeling fatigued.
Thanks to landlord and whisper for the "rib raid" T-shirts, they look very stylish.
Hats off to AJ Stars and brother for smiling thoughout adversity. The boat was fixed with a few new screws, and AJ Stars was fixed with gaffer tape and Nurofen
. Credit to everyone for looking out for each other on the crossings, a good sense of rib.net community spirit in action.
Just a quick word to the wise ... we took a lot of waves and spray on both days. I've just unzipped my lifejacket and it is soaked inside. You might want to think about rinsing your LJ off (after removing the inflation mechanism first of course!) with fresh water and letting it dry properly. It's not unheard of for the paper mechanisms to react to prolonged damp when the LJ is packed away wet.