Apologies for not reporting last night, the kids were doing homework and the computers were all in use until about 8, unfortunately I was asleep at this point and couldn't take advantage
Really enjoyed this weekend, what a fantastic bunch of RIBnutters you all are!
Thanks goes to landlord who did a splendid job of organizing things. I would also like to thank him for the Tee Shirts with the Osprey logo on the front
Many thanks also go to Ian M for allowing me to tag along with him and for "putting" up with me
We had some fun along the way didn't we Ian? One time we even checked to see if his RIB leaks from the inside out didn't we? I'm pleased to report that it did!
I also wanted to thank everyone else for their inputs too, without you a cruise just wouldn't be a cruise, so well done!
The trip going over on Ians Vipermax was a little lumpy but I was smiling all the way. The Easterly wind was doing it's utmost to get me drenched and I figured on my waistline down getting soaked, I did have a strategy! My Gecko was keeping my head warm and dry but unfortunately we plunged in to a hole that was created by some converging waves which sucked us in and spat us out the other side (see RIB leak test earlier). Obviously the feel of all this cold water gushing down my neck isn't one I'd like repeated any time soon
I didn't feel the cold for the whole trip once the water had warmed up.
We managed several short stops to regroup and refresh was a pretty normal trip for most. One casualty of the outbound leg was that Yorky's console pulled away from the deck on one side One of the AJstars crew suffered with what appeared to be a sprained ankle. He was transferred on to Trevor's RIB Blue Ray for the conclusion of the leg.
I can only speak for myself, but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Hotel was sited conveniently close to the Marina and after a hot shower we met in the bar for "Tipples". I did wander off for a short time with Andy and his Brother in-law to find repair materials for Yorky. We found a Chandlers that was open and bought some larger screws and a Sikaflex substitute. The French lady that served us was particularly helpful and forthcoming repairs made.
After "Tipples" we all went to find some food. After being refused access to one restaurant due to the size of our party, we ended up in La Pizza (I think thanks goes to Pikey Dave for recommending that one). Food was great, company was great and a fantastic evening was had by all and after went back to the hotel for more "Tipples"
Following day in the Marina the wind seemed to have eased, after refueling and heading out in to the harbour I made a jokey comment to Ian "Conditions must be grim as there were a number of fishing boats returning to harbor"......The Joke was on me!
After heading out of the protection of the Sea wall it was pretty obvious that conditions were worse than the day before. The wind as I'm sure you all know had moved from East to West. There wasn't a big swell but more of a large Solent chop. Hours of pounding pursued, it was hard going! As others have said, Grimalkin and Raptor set course for Poole and our group to the Needles.
You know what they say about smoke always goes towards Non Smokers, I had waves in my face again
You all know what happened about the Pan Pan situation, I'm obviously over the moon that with some corrective action we were able to continue our journey.
I have total repect for the smaller RIBs in our group, well done!
My Man of the Match award goes to....
As you all know, I jumped aboard with Trevor on Blue Ray who was acting as tail gun Charley. I'd like this opportunity to pay a special tribute to trev! I know he probably won't want me to, but contrary to most peoples belief that larger RIBs are more comfortable, at the speed we were doing it was anything but! Not many of you will be aware but Trev was battling with his own problems induced by the slow passage. I helmed Blue Ray for a short time and all she wanted to do was stretch her legs and needed constant reining in.
Thanks for keeping a watchful eye on us all!
PS: Just a few bruises and no ill effects from the weekend