Originally Posted by Paul_S
I do indeed. Is it going to be SIB only as I probably would take the rib, but if not allowed...could take the sib.
Paul - it certainly isn't SIB only. As Shiny Shoe suggests that would technically disqualify myself. I interpret the S of sib very liberally! Soft - Slow - Small - etc... Let me first say though that you'd be welcome with whichever boat you want to bring - the lovely thing about SIB owners is there really is no pretention. My "crew"* last year arrived on a lovely 10m rib before joining the somewhat simplistic facilities on "RIB Imposter". Its simply people messing about in wee boats for fun.
However my gut feel is you'd actually enjoy it more in a SIB (assuming you can plane with all your camping kit aboard) because otherwise it will be a bit like a trip to the shops.
The only rule of the Scottish SIB Gathering is that there are no rules because its not a formal event - just a bunch of people with a shared interest in the same place at the same time!
* deadweight to give the others a chance ;-)
Originally Posted by jambo
Yep I was one of the caring ribs that offered safety and to carry for them. But as you say I was turned with my tail between my legs. I can't remember who the other ribber was that got same treatment
I'm not quite sure how we managed to offend some people who offered support last year for the inaugural trip but I am quite sure no offence was intended. Anyone who wants to join the whole trip or "pop in" to say hello is more than welcome - last year Tony and his wife joined us for the evening in Belnahua before returning to a comfortable bed!
The other rule
of the Scottish SIB Gathering is that we won't exceed the limits of the conditions for the small / soft / slow boats we have and so we shouldn't find ourselves in need of "big boat support". That said, when the charts come out in the pub there are certainly some ideas that get shared where big boat support would be thoroughly helpful - anyone fancy big RIB support for a trip to St Kilda or into the depths of Knoydart or Ardnamurchan from Oban...
We don't have any formal aims but the whole idea came about through a desire to:
- Encourage others to explore a wider area of Scottish waters and the amazing boating environment we have.
- Show that even small or soft inflatables can provide huge entertainment and cruising potential.
- Provide a mechanism for people to get together on more adventurous longer trips.
And for me personally, most importantly:
- To offer smaller boats the potential to benefit from the type of "cruise" enjoyed by the bigger RIBs who are comfortable cruising at c. 25+ knots.
I guess the message is - anyone can join in - but unless we may need to adapt the destination to suit the forecast given the expected boats!