(Sorry to miss ye Pete & co, RickUK3, Kevin & Kath, Tim & Nasher what ARE you up to?
Ye Olde Ribbe Trippe for St. George of the Middle Earth
We made it back to work at last from adventures elsewhere and realised midway through the day that in a comms-free period we had forgotten all about St. George’s Day and the after-work blast.
Merlin was duly launched and in the mists wreathing Portsmouth Harbour some Ribsters gathered to celebrate the day that was in it. A marathon blast to The Lightship was enough to assure Paul that his new engine was at least bolted on and the newly reconditioned steering wheel (thanks to Andy Hightower) glowed red for the National (not yet a )Holiday. Nautibuoy led the way , dispelling the gathering gloom of a Monday eve.
We gathered round to quaff ale in the Lightship while Robin and Gill told us of their diving progress and Jimbo represented the Youth of the Locality. Apparently Tim M was busy getting himself elected Social Secretary of the Uni Sailing Club, a process not unlike the French Elections (many aperitifs
). Unfortunately the gArfish was also unable to join us since he was busy shaking his stick and slapping his bells for the annual Calshot Morris Dancing International Spectacle.
Hightower told some toilet stories which left us all worried about whether To Pee Or Not To Pee
. But the highlight of the night was a Flipping Beermat Contest
. (As introduced in Merrie Ingerland by Robin Hood and some particularly Merrie Men soon after the invention of Ye First Beermatte). A record may have been set but I now have poor recall of the exact details? It will no doubt appear in the Guinness Book of Records (now published in Park Royal by a French consortium).Nauti Buoy tried to keep order in between doing his Cary Grant impersonations. The only person wearing red was Irish. A Great Time Was Had By All.
Off we went home eventually to the visible relief of the Lightship Staff. Jimbo sped away in an extremely smart-looking Sidewinder and none of us could remember the words to Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory or anything else for that matter as we headed for home/ a last drink to dead dragons in Lloyds Bar.
The Inaugural RIBnet St. George’s Cruise should now become an Annual Affair. For the record (of special interest to the Young People normally aboard Fly By 11, there was hardly any talk of props and engine oil although steering did get briefly discussed
Happy Holiday to All. And may we all have the day off next year so we can do a proper cruise
Kathleen & Paul
(BTW There is an Unconfirmed Rumour going round the Solent that Admiral Pete 7 long a faithful powerboater of impeccable pedigree has been seen hoisting a spinnaker or two and trying to remember what a lanyard is. )