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Old 14 February 2005, 11:19   #1
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St Vaast ( 30th April - 2d May 2005 )

The annual "RIBEX" trip to St Vaast will take place on 30th April, returning to on 2nd May.

The aim with St Vaast is to get in the marina before the lock gates shut, see times below for this year.
Saturday, 30th April Open 11.51 BST (12.51 local)
Closed 17.10BST (18.10 local)


Sunday, 1st May Open 13.17 BST (14.17 local)
Closed 18.25 BST (19.25 local)


Monday, 2nd May Open 01.45 BST (02.45 local)
Closed 06.50 BST (07.50 local)
Open 14.57 BST (15.57 local)
Closed 20.00 BST (21.00 local)


My plan is to leave Poole at around 1030 which should leave plenty of time to make the gates.

Sunday is free, either suffering from a hang over, walking or out in the boat after the gates open.

Monday we can either leave just before 7am or wait for the gates later in the day.

If anyone is interested they can contact me at Mark@ecc-limited.com or 07971 569288 for more information
Regards

Mark

P.S. If any "Calendar Prefects" read this can they add this to the diary
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Old 14 February 2005, 11:24   #2
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Hi Mark. We might well be interested in this - will check with 'Him out at work' when he gets home and let you know!

Regarding posting events in the calendar - anyone can do it! No special powers required!

Edit: I've added it to the calendar in case you don't see this for a while!
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Hope to see you, it is normally a great weekend.



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Ah! I guess you haven't crossed JK's palm with silver then! Forgot to mention that! Anyway, I've added it to the calendar.

Hope to see you but will confirm once I've spoken to 'He who I occasionally obey if it suits my purpose'!
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Old 14 February 2005, 11:53   #5
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If I am not teaching then I am interested in coming along.
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Old 15 March 2005, 07:01   #6
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Introduction

Hi all,

As way of an introduction I would like to say hi,

I have e-mailed Mark direct and will be joining him for this trip.

I have a 5.5m Tornado, and shall be bringing a scared girlfriend and 5 year old.

I look forward to meeting you all,

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Old 15 March 2005, 07:26   #7
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I have a 5.5m Tornado, and shall be bringing a scared girlfriend and 5 year old.
Just bear in mind that unless it is a flat calm you've got a very good chance that this will be the last time you ever get either of them on a boat. In fact it wouls be a good idea to look into the availability of public transport from St Vaast to Cherbourg, and the ferry timetable for the trip back.

Although this trip isn't a particularly big deal if you are prepared for it, it's definitely not a jaunt. It's a long way for a nervous passenger, and certainly for a small child. When they are not frightened, they will be bored. They will also be uncomfortable. Four hours can seem like a very long time indeed when you're a passenger in a small RIB, out of sight of land.

Even if the weather is perfect, they will still be bored. I really, really wouldn't take a 5 year old on this trip.

If you're looking for a way to make sure that you only go boating with your mates in future, you're on to a winner. If you want to go boating as a family I would suggest a much gentler start.

Sorry if this seems rather negative. By all means go to St Vaast, you'll have a great weekend, but I would really have a serious think about your crew. The family could go always go across by ferry and meet you there -- the grin on your face may go some way to proving that crossing the channel in a RIB really is worth doing!

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Old 15 March 2005, 14:55   #8
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Very sound advice JK.

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To second (or third JK's advice)

I almost put my other half off Ribbing for life after a cold, wet and miserable trip from Cardiff to Torquay in a 9.5m RIB. And she is an experienced sailor.
Scaring the bejasus out of an adult in a 5.5m RIB, let alone a 5 yr old is a bit silly I'd say.
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is a bit silly I'd say.
yew leeve im alowne yew appolijjy forr a fkin eskymoe. heez a candeedait forr de flikka masheen. hee sez hee lykes a challunj.

hee mite lyke de challunj ov fittin sum navigashun lites beforr hee yewses dat toronado


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