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Old 07 September 2005, 06:40   #311
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Jono,

What boat are you going to be entering for the 2006 Deauville Rally?
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Old 07 September 2005, 06:47   #312
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hello to all

I participated in the Rally as pilot of one of the Zapcats. I found this site after a Google search last week. Obviously the negative comments posted here made me some what nervous about entering especially as we were by far the smallest craft participating. For what its worth I'd thought I'd share my comments and views on the event as an impartial observer.

As far as I was concerned the rally was organised and run by Ed, Duncan and Sarah of the Gumball team. Prior to the event we were reminded several times of the minimum safety and navigational equipment requirements. At the briefing we were reminded again about the importance of safety and the need for life jackets at all times.

Personally speaking we were fully prepared. A sailor since childhood (sorry), with significant passage making experience I understood the importance of preparation and safety. SSR listed, Tigerfish was laden down with safety gear (tough on a 4.2m boat) almost to exclusion of anything substantial in way of food (energy gels!).

The start was amazing. Although somewhat disappointed that more boats weren't participating we soon got into the groove following the pace boat with the PLO officer on board. A stop for photographs gave us an opportunity to meet the fellow rally participants and accept the offering of food from the 'Chelsea Girls' (who do exist)

As we left the pace boat I pulled up along side and was greeted by the PLO officer smiling broadly. He wished us luck (perhaps thinking that we were a little mad!). He certainly didn't have the demeanour of someone concerned about the conduct of the rally.

As we rounded to Ramsgate and then across the Channel were reassured by many of the other entrants as they offered to remain with us and help us (if necessary) at all times. The two Zapcats crossed with the Bladerunner who generously curtailed his speed to match ours. I have crossed the channel many times but I must say this was the most enjoyable.

The second day mirrored the first with several entrants offering to cruise with us. There was little hint of is perhaps the recognised Gumball sprit of 'every car for himself'

Arriving in Deauville battered and bruised I felt that the comradery of the event was heightened further. We then headed for the bar..

In summary - many lessons will and should be learnt from this event however at no time did I feel unsafe. Conditions helped - I've been in worse in the Southampton water. The entrants I spent time with were excellent boatman and great company. It was a shame about the Helicopter as a shot from above of the two Cats flying along either side of the Blade would look great on my wall. I for one will be entering next year (maybe not in the Cat - ouch) and from what I hear so will many others.
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Old 07 September 2005, 06:50   #313
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It dose sound like great fun, but at 900 a bout maybe not the best value!
When you consider some of the excellent cruses organized by members on this site!
May be the organizers should have a chat with the organizers of www.ribraid.com, now that looks a hell of a bash
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Old 07 September 2005, 06:58   #314
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I'm getting the feeling that the tide is turning....

I really hope that next year we will have plenty of forum members taking part.

I for one will provide as much support as I can with arrangements with getting on to the Thames (I'm a member of Hurlingham Yacht Club which has visitors moorings etc)

I'm especially excited that Eupa is considering taking part!
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Old 07 September 2005, 07:04   #315
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Ive been following this thread for a while and im still not quite sure what your all argueing about if you like the idea of all this stuff then great - if you dont then unsubscribe from the thread and dont read anymore - you never know your blood pressure may drop and you might live longer

Anyway

Maybe im missing something here but if you wanted to join in on the fun without costing yourself 900 couldnt you just gate crash - i mean ok you might not get into the party at the end - but they cant stop you from being in the sea - can they ?

I would love to do a chanel crossing with loads of other varied boats it sounds like a great idea but at 900 what are you kidding me (thats a thousand miles of fuel in my boat) - whos got the fat pockets that all this cash is going into...

What do you get for 900 exactly ?

I expect it will have gone up in price next year aswel
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Old 07 September 2005, 07:32   #316
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It dose sound like great fun, but at 900 a bout maybe not the best value!
When you consider some of the excellent cruses organized by members on this site!
May be the organizers should have a chat with the organizers of www.ribraid.com, now that looks a hell of a bash
And all for 30!

Nice web site as well

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Old 07 September 2005, 08:01   #317
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now that looks a hell of a bash

If you only do one event a year, do this one. A well organised three day event for 30 is exceptional value, but be advised that you will be a physical wreck come monday morning.

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If you only do one event a year, do this one. A well organised three day event for 30 is exceptional value, but be advised that you will be a physical wreck come monday morning.

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But why does it have to be sooooo far north - i live in cornwall its a hell of a trek up there by boat and still a long way if i tow.

Do people from the mainland usually go over by rib or ferry.
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Do people from the mainland usually go over by rib or ferry.
We went by Rib from Holyhead in North Wales with a tea break in Peel on the Isle of Man. The journey took eleven hours because of bad weather and we didn't arrive at Bangors camoflaged harbour entrance until after dark. I may be wrong, but I think we were the only boat from England

It was well worth the long trip.

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We went to the 2004 event and flew over from UK (before we moved to Canada). Gail, the allround top woman organiser, arranged for us to get a ride on a very nice Scorp for the first day of the event and then we'd fallen in with a dodgy Irishman called Gavin who kindly offered to take us aboard his Hysucat! (Along with an even dodgier Irishman by the name of Jackeen )

All in all a great event, with tremendous camarardarie (sp) that didnt cost 900 quid to join. Much like the RB4 round Britain raid, the BIBOA Hebrides trip, East Coast Rivers, Scillies cruises, Thames Cruise, Rib.net Thames Cruz, Rib.net Plymouth gathering etc etc. Of course we had no exotic supermodels or parties in exclusive London clubs. Or Richard and Judy. But were we downhearted? No!
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