Jonathan, many congratulations for your daughter but I fail to see how her job is relevant to anything that has to do with the red sea rib rally. Also Waterloo in Belgium is on the French speaking part of Belgium.
The Belgian participation is not my boat and I don't know any more about what happened to it other than what is posted on their website for everybody to see. The web site is in Flemish(Dutch) and thus I can understand it. I wouldn't be able to understand e.g. a Swedish web page and for me being able to read something versus being unable to read it does make a difference.
I find it somehow difficult to accept that you know better what happened to that boat being in Waterloo, Belgium whilst the authors of the web page were actualy inside the RIB. Anyway you're entitled to have an opinion and it is respected from my side.
I don't have any particular interest in that boat/crew - it is sad for them that they had to quit so soon in the race but things like that happen. Better luck next time.
More to the point we have yet to get any news/explanations from the high profile British participations about their performance. I think all Greek RIBsters are glad about the result but still very mystified. The fact that a Greek boat won the rally doesn't mean that all Greek boats are better than all British boats. This would be like suggesting that because Renault won the F1 championship that all the French cars are better than all the rest.
I think it is fair to say that this win demonstrates that the Greeks can produce RIBs of very high quality and performance. And that the Greek crew did an excellent job during that rally.
But that aside there are some other equally important points which do raise more than a few eyebrows:
This is the very 1st time that this Greek RIB and crew competed in an international event of such high caliber. On the other hand some of the other participants from britain were known high-perfomance RIBs with experienced crew. Very often in this forum (and even in this very thread) people have expressed the opinion that these british crafts are very fast and can handle really bad weather - some members have gone as far to suggest that the waves in the Greek seas are never quite as nasty as those in the ocean where the british RIBs perform so well. All of this is fine and respected.
But if any of it is true, how is it possible that the Greek boat won all 4 legs of the Red sea Rib Rally so easy?
So far the only thing that came as a reply is that we Greeks are ugly, disgusting, unattractive, hairy clowns, our english is apalling and we are an insulting lot. That may well be, but none of it explains what happened in Egypt during the Red Sea Rib Rally.