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Old 13 October 2013, 15:09   #321
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Well done to all and thankful you all got home safe.... although the adventurer within me thinks I would like to complete a trip like this my nerve and common sense tells me to do it in a stable weather window.
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Old 13 October 2013, 15:11   #322
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I'm still going up... and down... up... and down
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Old 13 October 2013, 15:14   #323
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Will be good to read also about strengths and weaknesses of each boat, what was good/bad, what needs changing etc as you have all clearly tested yourselves and boats better than any normal review
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Old 13 October 2013, 15:19   #324
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You're all mad! (But we knew that).

Glad to see you all back in one piece ..though I bet it doesn't feel like you are).

Get the osprey go pro editing sparked up quick :-)
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Old 13 October 2013, 15:23   #325
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That looks like a very nautical way to hold ones beer glasses!
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Old 13 October 2013, 15:30   #326
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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.
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Old 13 October 2013, 16:08   #327
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Good advice from gtb and thanks for the very comprehensive passage plan, worked very well.

Couple of items worth mentioning;

Gecko's an absolute must for a number of reasons, they kept the spray out of our eyes and kept the head warm. They also prevented a few injuries as the RIB was thrown from one side to another with the confused seas.

With the Gecko's on it was difficult to hear the VHF or anyone on board. Therefore some sort of intercom / earpiece would be invaluable.

Gloves leaked like a sieve, good quality waterproof gloves needed - any recommendations ?

Musto BR2 jacket and salopets leaked, not badly but enough !

My Dubarry boots leaked - first time in 14 years ! Maybe time for a new pair.

Boat handled the weather without a fault. However the Garmin chartplotter began to play up due to all the water on the screen. Locking the screen helped but not ideal.
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Old 13 October 2013, 16:15   #328
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Sounds like you chaps had an interesting challenge!

Glad you're all back safe and sound look forward to seeing the video footage.
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Old 13 October 2013, 16:21   #329
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Yep, Gecko's are awesome but my sealskin gloves that cost loads were soaked all the way through and didn't dry overnight So had to borrow a spare pair off Landlord that I wore holes in holding onto the grab rail for 4.5 hours...

Need a 'What Glove thread' for sure

Musto drysuit was great but musto boots leaked but my feet were dry because of the drysuit.

Having said all this we got an absolute soaking each way.
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Old 13 October 2013, 16:24   #330
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BR2 is coastal gear. Full offshore or preferably a dry suit when every other wave is busting over your head. :-)
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