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Old 15 October 2013, 16:12   #401
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Strangely (and rather oddly), I used exactly the same each way: 135 litres (Poole - St Vaast; St Vaast - Poole, not refuelling in Cherbourg).

I haven't checked the mileage but probably 100M which (allowing for rounding) gives the usual 1.3 litres per mile that I work on for cruises. The adverse weather conditions seemed to make no difference!
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Old 15 October 2013, 18:14   #402
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For those that couldn't make the trip there were tee shirts handed out to those that made it to commemorate the crossing. However there are some tee shirts left over. Now these tee shirts are highly sort after and are bound to become collectors items, they will probably end up at Southerby's one day

As we are raising money for MacMillan cancer support I am willing to let the tee shirts go for a 10 donation to the fund. Ill post them free of charge.

Donations can be made here Rib. net is fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support

I only have 5 x XL and 2 x L. so let me know if you want one and what size before you donate the 10.
Seems wrong to have/wear a T-shirt for something you didn't actually take part in - but I'm well impressed with what you guys achieved (although I doubt some of your sanity) - I wouldn't have taken my RC 5.3 on that journey in those conditions !) I'll donate 10 anyway and not have a shirt as a mark of my respect for the venture. Anyone else?
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Understand your comments but its similar to buying a tee shirt of the Queens 60th Jubilee. Doesn't mean you were at the party at Buck House but you were there in spirit

We know who went over to Cherbourg but those that get a tee shirt by donating are simply showing their support for a great cause
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Understand your comments but its similar to buying a tee shirt of the Queens 60th Jubilee. Doesn't mean you were at the party at Buck House but you were there in spirit

We know who went over to Cherbourg but those that get a tee shirt by donating are simply showing their support for a great cause
To me there is a difference - not got a problem with anyone wearing a general Jubilee / Olympics etc...T-shirt. I would find it distasteful for someone to wear a "I went to the party at Buck House" or "I completed the London Marathon" T-shirt if they hadn't I think it devalues the experience / achievement of those who did.

My personal view - which is why I'll donate the price of a T-shirt to the cause without wanting one. I don't want to discourage anyone from donating to the cause or stand in their way of gaining such a collectable shirt!
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I have to resize each picture to post them! It's a time consuming process - I picked the best!
Can't wait to see the go pro footage though.
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Can't remember seeing your Gopro, where was it mounted
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Sorry that was in relation to Hadds footage.
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The reports coming back from the skippers and crew regarding cruising in "sub-optimal" conditions are fascinating. Over the past few years I've done more than my share of this stuff and I had no information like this to prepare me. Fairly much without exception, I have ended up by trial and error coming to the same conclusions that you guys listed:

Dry suits good, everything else a waste of time
Gecko helmets good - need intercom patched into VHF + full visor.
Wear everything you will need, including food and drink.
Arsing about with electronics is difficult - be prepared to use the compass for long sections/periods, it's much easier.
Good handholds are essential - most leisure RIBs are badly served in this area.
You can't see through a wet screen AND a wet gecko.
You'll be driving while standing
Gloves are for girls and passengers.
If you can see the RIB ahead of you all the time, the swell is less than 3m
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I will add something to to your list Wilk but it only relates to inboard boat, as boat engines run at 80 degrees its a good place to put your water soaked clothing at the end of a cruise, I also put my pasties on the top to warm them up, you do need a clean engine though
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The reports coming back from the skippers and crew regarding cruising in "sub-optimal" are fascinating. Over the past few years I've done more than my share of this stuff and I had no information like this to prepare. Fairly much without exception, I have ended up by trial and error coming to the same conclusions that you guys listed:
It's my first such trip, and without the collective advice of the rib.net massif I would likely have been ill prepared, so thanks for being one of the trailblazers, and sharing!

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Dry suits good, everything else a waste of time
Gecko helmets good - need intercom patched into VHF + full visor.
Wear everything you will need, including food and drink.
Arsing about with electronics is difficult - be prepared to use the compass for long sections/periods, it's much easier.
Good handholds are essential - most leisure RIBs are badly served in this area.
You can't see through a wet screen AND a wet gecko.
You'll be driving while standing
Gloves are for girls and passengers.
If you can see the RIB ahead of you all the time, the swell is less than 3m
"Dry suits good, everything else a waste of time"
I ended up with a floatation suit rather than dry suit (despite the advice here!) It kept me very dry, with a high collar that came up around my mouth and under the Gecko visor to keep all the water out. Didn't get a drop of water inside. The only niggle was that I was overheating in it, I has t-shirt and thin jumper under but only needed a t-shirt really.

"You can't see through a wet screen AND a wet gecko."
I put Rain-X on the Gecko visor, which kept it free from dropplets and fogging.

+1 to everything else.

I'd also add, don't expect to do any kind of record keeping while making way, the good intentions to log time/distance/fuel en route never materialized -- it would require planned stops to log such stuff.
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