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Old 27 September 2008, 13:29   #11
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Weather currently as forecast

Its blue sky here at Easdale Island, wind died away to around 3 to 4 from around 3.00pm then swung NW blew slightly and is now calming again. Expecting it to go south late tonight early tomorrow but be westerly 3 circa noon
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Old 27 September 2008, 21:00   #12
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Don't know if we will make it down, just got back from millport at 1:45am. Will see how we feel and what the weather is doing later this morning.
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Old 29 September 2008, 06:59   #13
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Weather improved so much on Sat I was all ready to go to the party, but had some bad news which dampened the party spirits. So, I got there Sunday morning 1000, after an easy passage with little wind and only one light shower, while there was still some water to get into the harbour. Never been there. Very interesting. Sorry you couldn't make it Bruce. Tony magically appeared to take my lines and guide my route up the 'steps' and on to the island.

Great day, not much rain, but a W'ly breeze increasing to brisk. Just hoped it would ease by the evening and start of the ebb. It did - a bit. Short steep seas on the starboard bow (mainly) as I approached Pladda kept speed down to 10-15 knots, I think, (when I could read the GPS - which wasn't often) except in the good bits, which always ended with a big hole appearing under the boat and a block of concrete to hit. Will I ever learn?

A lively run down the Sound of Luing at 23knts. - full cruising speed - and then the Dorus Mor. I usually scoot through the lively bits at the western entrance just for fun. You can avoid them a bit if you try, but it didn't seem worth it. This time, I'd misjudged it. The pyramidal waves were at my eye height, squirting up into the sky all around - and under - me. Reduced speed to a crawl and let the tide carry me through. All over in a couple of minutes and I was soon back home.

Was it worth it? Will I do it again? Absolutely. The event's huge fun, the island people great, helpful and welcoming. The organisation fantastic, I'm sure every islander must have been involved in some way. Great food. And I've known worse weather. Thanks for organising that, Tony.

I'll be back next year, by RIB weather permitting. After all, I need to defend my title. Yes, these are the words of a (joint) World Champion - in the 'Old Tosser' category. I've never been a World Champion before. I'm quite chuffed.
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Old 29 September 2008, 10:00   #14
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Cool and well done!
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Old 29 September 2008, 14:38   #15
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World Champion on RIBNET

Day was a great success for the island - apart from the advertising, Terry Wogan Radio Show this morning, and BBC TV, all funds raised are spent on the island which this year will include some harbour improvements. The cruising ground is wonderful, loads of islands to visit. Ribbing can be challenging. Apart from the weather we have strong tides including the Gulf of Corryvreckan, home of the World's Third Largest Whirlpool. There is self catering accommodation and B&B.
Easdale harbour is extremely sheltered and welcomes visitors. The Puffer Bar and Restaurant is 50m away and used to 'damp' visitors.

Congratulations must go to Alystra on his winning performance.
Old Tosser - will not hear of it, you were up and down those harbour steps like a youngster

The Championships always take place over the Glasgow September weekend so put it in your cruising diary for 2009.
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Old 29 September 2008, 18:00   #16
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Cool and well done!
Thank you. Will we see you next year?
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Old 29 September 2008, 18:05   #17
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Congratulations must go to Alystra on his winning performance.
Old Tosser - will not hear of it, you were up and down those harbour steps like a youngster..........
That's what pickin the whelks does for you Tony. I'll be back to that just as soon as I get out of traction.
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Old 04 April 2009, 06:41   #18
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Long time ago I know, but I took some video footage of the event. No pics of actual RIBbing - I was too busy hanging on to take anything.

Here it is - I hope - just to show what you guys missed and hopefully persuade you to earmark the dates for next year.



Apologies if this isn't in the right place.

PS I don't know how to embed the picture in here.
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Old 04 April 2009, 07:01   #19
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Nicely put together
[YOUTUBE]<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/tjHhEe33-os&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/tjHhEe33-os&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>[/YOUTUBE]
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Old 04 April 2009, 08:06   #20
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Thank you JSP.

How did you do that? I posted it onto another site by adding a v after http, but that didn't seem to work here.

Cheers, Tony
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