What a day!
Firstly, can I say it has been a tremendous experience to see so many "forum faces", and how impressed I am at the level of turnout and support from all the ribbers (and a hardboat, you know who you are!). Certainly all from the Uni rib have had a fantastic day.
We've put our boat out in weather that she hasn't seen before, and I'm sure people will agree that some of the chop we encountered was fun in a 4.8m! We're pleased to say the boat handled it well, and gave us many thrills along the way (as all those that saw our frequent trips in the air will attest!)
Thankyou to all offers of rides, and actual rides as well, especially Robin and Nasher, who generously took some of our number on all stages of the trip, to ease space in the rib. All the ribs we saw were absolutely amazing, and made us incredibly jealous! Doing near 50kts on Nashers Ocean coming up to Pompey was absolutely amazing, and the way that hull handled waves was an absolute eye opener. The jaw drapping performance of merlin was a sight to behold, and the pleasant diesel aroma from Old Spice and Ju-Ju made me feel like I was back in the city smog, quite at home! All the other boats present looked amazing on the water (especially pressman, with her bow higher than our a-frame
Some of you may have noticed a rather dazed looking chap with us, it was of course Tim M, who has just come to Portsmouth uni! Suffering from a hangover, we decided the best thing for him was to get him drunk again. Hmm, he must be sobering up now, where is he? More drinks!
It was great to meet everyone else, can't remember who I spoke to/said hi to, so I'll say hi to everyone again, and I hope to do it again soon!