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Old 11 November 2013, 13:27   #21
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Old 11 November 2013, 13:35   #22
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To early for such plans but for sure will assist in the planning and be out mid channel giving support say a wave cos for sure would not be able to keep up with them. It would be a good idea to follow them to the Channel Islands
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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.
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Old 13 November 2013, 17:19   #24
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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.
Hi Callum

I cannot say too much as this is still in the planning stage. However for sure we will have our own land team of engineers with a service van full of spares and gearboxes etc following the race. Our engineers are fully Mercury Verado authorized so it makes this easier for us. The Verado 350 is a racing engine and has a special gear box . We have fitted many of these engines to 10 and 12 mtr ribs so we do know them well. Sadly that is all I have to say
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Our boat GEE185 finished the race in 2008 and didn't miss any legs
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Callum - You're spot on with your observations, I think that the legs are so long that the only way to get everyone to the end is have the lay days - the legs are so long because there aren't that many places that can take 30+ race boats and have the infrastructure to support the event.

You have to remember that to finance this sort of event the organisers need sponsors and the sponsors need exposure, with bigger venues and two nights in each that will give them the exposure they need, of course the bigger legs will make it more worthy of PR and the bigger the challenge the more there is to write about!

I think that after going round Britain in June last year and having to put the boat on the trailer so much to keep to the schedule I also worry about the amount of the race that will take part on the water - of course if we all worried about that too much no-one would ever put any big race on! The two boats that went all of the way round RB08 did it against instructions and took some risks! As I understand it the boats will arrive at each venue on time by whatever method is necessary and every team will need road transport as a back up - that will require commercial vehicles and two drivers to cope with the distances and the driving hours - it all adds up!
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Callum. I agree with you. Although this event is an amazing challenge it appears it is set up more for the land than the water. There is only a handful of people that have done London - Monaco. We did it in 1998 in the 7.4 metre RIBTEC in a time of 99hrs 14 mins and 12 seconds. As with everything we have done we declared a start date and time months before and the weather was not as good as it could have been. Others have waited on the quayside for weeks for the right weather and knocked a day off our time. To run the best part of 2000 miles over three weeks is more than possible but bloody boring. The best way for this event to happen and to make it more time affordable is to declare the start date and if the weather is ok just go for it on a free -for-all with a finish point 100 miles from Monaco where the boats can be timed in. Once they are all in the clock can start again and they can all race to the finish line. If the weather is bad on the start day, race to an agreed location, Ramsgate? stop the clock and then restart it when the time is right. Just my thoughts Alan P
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I need that lay day to do the miles as I would think some of the others might. It's going to be a lot of driving, luckily we have auto pilot so just throttles, a little less fatiguing
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Callum. I agree with you. Although this event is an amazing challenge it appears it is set up more for the land than the water. There is only a handful of people that have done London - Monaco. We did it in 1998 in the 7.4 metre RIBTEC in a time of 99hrs 14 mins and 12 seconds. As with everything we have done we declared a start date and time months before and the weather was not as good as it could have been. Others have waited on the quayside for weeks for the right weather and knocked a day off our time. To run the best part of 2000 miles over three weeks is more than possible but bloody boring. The best way for this event to happen and to make it more time affordable is to declare the start date and if the weather is ok just go for it on a free -for-all with a finish point 100 miles from Monaco where the boats can be timed in. Once they are all in the clock can start again and they can all race to the finish line. If the weather is bad on the start day, race to an agreed location, Ramsgate? stop the clock and then restart it when the time is right. Just my thoughts Alan P
But from a sponsors and a commercial point of view that wouldn't be so good - now if you could put all of that to one side .............
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Well I'm looking forward to whatever happens and I don't really care about all the politics, I'm just going to go boating, I've already done London to Monte Carlo in a race car a few years back, now I get to do it in a boat, happy days
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