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Old 02 September 2005, 09:58   #231
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I think we should wait for the "official" report, describing the 20+ 1000hp speedboats, 14 hovercrafts, countless ribs, enough topless totty to sink the Bismarck, 6 helicopters and the Red Arrows and Uncle Tom Cobbleigh... Instead of relying on a independant eye witness's account of things..
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Old 02 September 2005, 10:01   #232
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just got back........

can confirm pmorgan's analysis , but the weather was excellent and they did seem to be having a good time .
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Old 02 September 2005, 12:54   #233
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i forgot its the polo at cowdary park this saturday

is your merry band going , i will see if i can get there only the choppers in for work this weekend

if you would like to go mr b your welcome to come with me

its astonished me i used to think boats and racing cars cost a lot to maintain
then i found out about polo ponys
dont think there's a chopper that'll have the payload to haul my enormous gut to midhurst, but if you're up for it, got two spare badges and front row parking for the day - beers and food for all...call on mobile before 1030 if you're about...
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Old 02 September 2005, 14:53   #234
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Mmmm...admitably there weren't that many boats, I think it was 15, not all were there at the start.

A few pulled out this morning realising that one of the problems with the Thames is the logistics of getting a boat on there...and mooring, it's certainly feasable but can be a lot of hassle towing through narrow streets and what to do with the trailer etc.

It was certainly a very funny day, Rebecca Loos (David Beckham fame) turned up on a boat just off Greenwich with plenty of press and film crews.

I went as far as Gravesend, which is approx 28 miles from Tower Bridge with the Harbour Master on board controlling the speed of the Rally, mainly about 30 to 35 knots with some easing down past places like the London Cruise Terminal at Tilbury.

The weather was fabulous and the river very calm.

We turned around at Gravesend to return to London, and it was amazing to see the 2 Zapcats preparing to cross to go out into the Estuary and cross the channel...they are very small indeed.

It featured on ITV London Tonight and BBC London News. There is also going to be a big spread in Motor Boats and Yachting, and some of the tabloids will have pics mainly because of Rebecca Loos.

I've no idea how they are getting on en route to Boulogne, but everything seemed to be going well when I turned around.

I should be able to post some pictures soon.
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Old 02 September 2005, 14:56   #235
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Thank you Rogue. You will be delighted to hear that the Ribeye stayed in one piece!
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Old 03 September 2005, 10:45   #236
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Rally progress

I've had to come back because I am going on a holiday but I was with the rally this morning. We had an epic crossing across the channel at sunset and got to Boloungne in the fading light. We had a great run to Ramsgate and then refuelled. A quck briefing was given to the Ribs that were taking part and then we let loose. Navigation was not a problem at all and took 45 mins, noticibly quicker that the ferry that I used this morning.

They are all in great spirits and the energy and the vibe of the crews is amazing...a truly great event. We had a couple of zapcatters and a jet ski going across, and a whole mix of people. Feel like that I have done a great adventure and to all those that said that it couldn't or shouldn't be done...it has been done and it is a true credit to the people that went on it!
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Old 03 September 2005, 12:47   #237
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your names not down Rupert you're not coming in - made me chuckle for about an hour!
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Old 03 September 2005, 17:01   #238
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We had an epic crossing... took 45 mins... I have done a great adventure
LOPC Member, or can I just call you "member" for short you are a true hero indeed.
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Old 05 September 2005, 09:24   #239
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Anyone got a link to "news reports" of this event? Did Ed pull it off?...fnarr..fnarr.....despite all the "help" from Roops and co.. How many made it?
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Old 05 September 2005, 09:28   #240
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i don't have a full report yet, but the journalist from Motor Boats and Yachting sent me a text saying it was awesome!
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