Taking all joking, wilily waving & my boat make is better that yours aside!!!
Hats off to any of the race boats & crews that have the balls to take on this Venture!
I very much doubt there will be a Team Redbay Racing. Last racing I did in a Redbay was ten years ago Ballycastle/ round Rathiln then into McCuaigs bar only to be informed that my new boats warranty was now invalid!!! (the boss at RBB does have a dry sense of humour)
I would love to cruise down at the back of the race fleet as we have done previously. My current RIB 30 knots 2500+ miles @ 2.2L/h north of £8k of fuel at £1.50ltr. This would be a trip of a lifetime but why 15 days with 7 Lay Days? That means 3 weeks off work, just not possible!
Could it not have been - 4 days racing - Lay Day - 4 days racing- Lay Day then 4 days racing to the finish. This would have given 12 days racing/ cruising of 200 miles and visiting a lot more places/ports. It's always a great feeling arriving in a new port when boating all in two weeks .
Trying to race boats over 480 miles is just a recipe for disaster as the quickest of the boats average time in the warm up event was 50kn. That's nine hours, not taking into account fuel stops & comfort breaks. My boat cruising at 30kn - 16 hours, that's just plan nuts but would love to see a passage plan for that distance!
What happens after a Lay Day if the weather is blowing F8? Is it the case that the boats go onto trailers & go by road to the next port for yet another Lay Day??? Will any boat actually carry out the complete 2400 miles and all 8 legs? If I remember rightly in the 2008 race there was only two boats that completed the race. A Botnia Targa & a RIB and that was the race missing out going round the top and instead taking the easy option of going through the canal.
Andre, Please spill the beans on the Parker Baltic 1000:
Top speed? Cruising speed when racing? Fuel capacity & range? Contingency/Spares Engine(s) Gear boxes(s)? How do you think those 350hp outboard motors will handle the 2500 miles because just the twin engine OB motor boats in 2008 had a lot of gearbox trouble?
All the best Callum.