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Old 08 May 2012, 11:58   #1
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Round Ireland (<5m) in 2013

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Thanks Mattfx. Come and say hi at the show if you are able. Noitice you are running a 4 metre craft. In the next edition of Powerboat & RIB Magazine I'm launching the proposal for a Round Ireland Challenge in 2013 - specifically for 4metre RIBs. I'm keen to get people's views on whether they would like take part. RB4 was such a sucess and so many folk have asked if we would run another event of this kind - I thought maybe the time is right and it could be the 'alternative' powerboat event to London to Monaco.... HMS.
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I'd be up for that!
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Bookings being taken for kit and accomadation for this trip being taken now. I can sleep 20 people on board Accomplissh More. Alan P
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Thanks Mattfx. Come and say hi at the show if you are able. Noitice you are running a 4 metre craft. In the next edition of Powerboat & RIB Magazine I'm launching the proposal for a Round Ireland Challenge in 2013 - specifically for 4metre RIBs. I'm keen to get people's views on whether they would like take part. RB4 was such a sucess and so many folk have asked if we would run another event of this kind - I thought maybe the time is right and it could be the 'alternative' powerboat event to London to Monaco.... HMS.
Why only 4m ribs?
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Hi HMS

Its good to see (read) you posting, on a regular basis! on RIBnet

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In the next edition of Powerboat & RIB Magazine I'm launching the proposal for a Round Ireland Challenge in 2013 - specifically for 4metre RIBs. I'm keen to get people's views on whether they would like take part. .
This is exciting news and Hannah would like to register an expression of interest in taking part in her SR4 and I would be there in my RIB as a support boat.
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Why only 4m ribs?
RI/Hugo has run some events in the past for "4m" ribs. I don't think they have absolutely enforced a 4m rule, but its run for the benefit of small ribs (say 4.something m long). Many of those ribs are incredibly capable but don't cruise at the same speed as bigger boats, and may have an earlier "chicken out" threshold in terms of weather etc - so it makes sense to focus on a "size". Inevitably there are fewer people on board to share the nav and helming and bumpier rides which means the skippers need to think more about fatigue. The challenge of doing it in a small boat is completely different to the same journey in a "grown up" rib.

A 6m Osprey should be big enough that with good planning and training you could comfortably organise your own "around Ireland" trip or your own or with another boat. For very small ribs that possibility also exists, but most small rib owners would feel more comfort in a bigger group. Logistic support for refuelling is also completely different for a small engine and large one.
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RI/Hugo has run some events in the past for "4m" ribs. I don't think they have absolutely enforced a 4m rule, but its run for the benefit of small ribs (say 4.something m long). Many of those ribs are incredibly capable but don't cruise at the same speed as bigger boats, and may have an earlier "chicken out" threshold in terms of weather etc - so it makes sense to focus on a "size". Inevitably there are fewer people on board to share the nav and helming and bumpier rides which means the skippers need to think more about fatigue. The challenge of doing it in a small boat is completely different to the same journey in a "grown up" rib.

A 6m Osprey should be big enough that with good planning and training you could comfortably organise your own "around Ireland" trip or your own or with another boat. For very small ribs that possibility also exists, but most small rib owners would feel more comfort in a bigger group. Logistic support for refuelling is also completely different for a small engine and large one.
Sounds great, might hack a bit off!

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If I may ask anyone that is interested in taking part in the proposed Round Ireland Challenge to email me at hms@powerboatandrib.com I can then create a file of potential applicants. After the show this weekend I'll begin to work this concept up further and isolate some potential dates in the process. My feeling is that craft up to 4.8m should qualify as in RB4 because there a number of manufacturers who make this particular length of craft and hence we need to make the craft/type accesable to most parties wishing to take part. Owners of large vessels are welcome too on the basis they help provide safety support/back-up. HMS
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REF: Round Ireland RIB Challenge 2013, timing wise I am thinking of the last week of July. How does this sound to everyone? (Allocating one week and the weekends either side in total). Though the challenge itself is limited to RIBs under 5m in length, larger craft can enter if they agree to act as support craft. All those challenge teams that complete the course will be given honouary membership of 'RIBs to the Limit'. The course may well include a couple of time trials for added zest. There will be a moderate entry fee to be charged to all participants. Likely, the UK flotilla will depart as one group from Milford Haven to cruise out to Kilmore Quay to meet the Irish contingent and then start the circumnavigation the following day. The Challenge will route anti-clockwise ensuring the most challenging and most beautiful part of the course is kept till last. Once the next edition of Powerboat & RIB is wrapped up, I will begin putting the pack together for the 20-30 teams that have regsitered interest so far. I anticipate taking up Jan Falkowski's kind offer - inviting all registered parties to a press launch at the Army & Navy Club, Pall Mall, London sometime lateautumn/early winter. Best wishes one and all. HMS
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