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Old 23 May 2012, 03:40   #41
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For beginners, Round Britain is a great thing to do but once you have done it it gets a bit boring. People these days want to go further afield and push themselves further. I have been Around Britain 4 or 5 times and there are very few changes that can be made regards stops. I have also done three London or capitol UK cities to Monaco all of which have been very tough trips. The headlands can be very exciting and even when it is calm you have up to a 1.5 mile fetch and getting to the top can certainly fill your pants when the boat takes off and everything goes quite for a short time before the big bang! Alan P
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Old 23 May 2012, 06:54   #42
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Very good question - The reason for the postponement was that a large number of people backed out at the last minute, if the reasons for that are addressed I believe it could go ahead. If I was building a boat (and I did) I would build it for the 2013 Cowes Monte Carlo Venture Cup and enter that - they are promising a race every 2 years and they will have the same classes and the Round Britain race.

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Thanks Cookee, we will be in touch. Will look into the Cowes Monte Carlo race as an alternative.

What were the reasons for so many people backing out of the RB12 race ?
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Old 23 May 2012, 08:21   #43
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Thanks Cookee, we will be in touch. Will look into the Cowes Monte Carlo race as an alternative.

What were the reasons for so many people backing out of the RB12 race ?
It depends on who you talk to - my opinion is:

Mostly a lack of full communication with the entrants, the RB12 team operated on a need to know basis as opposed to Mile Lloyd who tells everybody everything - it seems that racers like to know what's going on at every stage and what they're going to get for 12.50 per HP! I believe that the race itself was as well organised as any other but the entrants just lost faith in the event taking place and pulled out when they were asked for the full entry fee.

Racers are a bit like sheep and tend to enter events that they know will be well supported, the list of entrants on the website was quite optimistic with several names on there that had not even started to build a boat two months before the start.

For the same reasons I believe that there is a much better chance of the Monte Carlo event going ahead - by far! We will be there
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Old 23 May 2012, 11:03   #44
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It depends on who you talk to - my opinion is:

Mostly a lack of full communication with the entrants, the RB12 team operated on a need to know basis as opposed to Mile Lloyd who tells everybody everything - it seems that racers like to know what's going on at every stage and what they're going to get for 12.50 per HP! I believe that the race itself was as well organised as any other but the entrants just lost faith in the event taking place and pulled out when they were asked for the full entry fee.

Racers are a bit like sheep and tend to enter events that they know will be well supported, the list of entrants on the website was quite optimistic with several names on there that had not even started to build a boat two months before the start.

For the same reasons I believe that there is a much better chance of the Monte Carlo event going ahead - by far! We will be there
Aah, now I see. Baaaaa ! Brrrrrrrrm !

I would like to ask if you would consider a few design changes to the banana you pilot, maybe add a tow hitch so some of the slower competitors can get an extra burst of speed.
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Aah, now I see. Baaaaa ! Brrrrrrrrm !

I would like to ask if you would consider a few design changes to the banana you pilot, maybe add a tow hitch so some of the slower competitors can get an extra burst of speed.
Well we're in the smallest race boat class, so we're not as fast as you might think, of course we do build them with other bigger power!

By the way I think if you're thinking of entering a Hysucat you might want to check the rules as I think your hull form fits under the catamaran rules that are generally not allowed, having said that stabilised monohulls were going to race in RB12 - not sure about CMC though?
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Old 25 May 2012, 04:23   #46
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Well we're in the smallest race boat class, so we're not as fast as you might think, of course we do build them with other bigger power!

By the way I think if you're thinking of entering a Hysucat you might want to check the rules as I think your hull form fits under the catamaran rules that are generally not allowed, having said that stabilised monohulls were going to race in RB12 - not sure about CMC though?
Thank you for the heads up, will go have a look at the rules and see if there is a place for us. Alternatively we will just run in front of the pack and act as safety boat.
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Run in front as a Safety Boat? Reminds me of Round Britain 1992 when one of the teams asked if they could have the trophy "Pre Engraved" with their details on it becuase they were going to win the race. Their boat didnt leave Holyhead that day as it was split in two! Anyone who thinks that the CMC is going to be easy is in for a shock. To win you have to finish. Alan P
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Run in front as a Safety Boat? Reminds me of Round Britain 1992 when one of the teams asked if they could have the trophy "Pre Engraved" with their details on it becuase they were going to win the race. Their boat didnt leave Holyhead that day as it was split in two! Anyone who thinks that the CMC is going to be easy is in for a shock. To win you have to finish. Alan P
I took the smiley to suggest that he was having a laugh .............. I think it unlikely that a Hyscucat would be eligible to be honest but it's worth asking the question.
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Old 25 May 2012, 12:49   #49
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I took the smiley to suggest that he was having a laugh .............. I think it unlikely that a Hyscucat would be eligible to be honest but it's worth asking the question.
I have only read the regulations for RB12, will look into the CMC rules soon.

I am just joking about running out front. If they won't let us compete then maybe they will at least let us run with the big dogs for an honourable mention in the footnotes.

There are no serious competition in Sefrica so we have been reduced to drag racing the Fabio Buzi boats the government bought with a small 6.5 RIB.

Bear Grills was not happy when we overtook him in Cowes with camera crew onboard. I'll read the rules and try to find some money to built a boat, that is all I can do.
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Run in front as a Safety Boat? Reminds me of Round Britain 1992 when one of the teams asked if they could have the trophy "Pre Engraved" with their details on it becuase they were going to win the race. Their boat didnt leave Holyhead that day as it was split in two! Anyone who thinks that the CMC is going to be easy is in for a shock. To win you have to finish. Alan P
Point taken ... and we have had some spectacular exits. Broke an engine of the transom and it came overhead and lead the race for a few milliseconds.
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