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Old 12 September 2006, 09:41   #141
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So, Cookee, how come yer only building boats for flat water use and not "rough water"...?
I am happy to admit that if I went back I wouldn't race in anything less than 10 metres - our boat felt very very small at times! It wasn't the size of the waves but the steepness and the distance between them, a lot of the time we were zigzagging across the waves just to stay on the plane ....... Think of doing 120 NM in conditions similar to the area around the Needles in a force 6 to 7 wind over tide, offshore with nobody in sight for 2 hours at a time!

At least the constant spray wasn't as cold as the English Channel!
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Old 12 September 2006, 09:43   #142
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As far I know from people who raced the bladerunner on the last leg it wasn't doing that brilliant speed wise. Similar (if not slower) to the Greek boat and it was stuffing a lot. This is what I was told.
If you had seen the props they had you would understand why it was stuffing a lot - they retired on the last leg because the engine bolts had become very loose - they couldn't remember when they checked them last .........
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Old 12 September 2006, 09:44   #143
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Actually he was penalised for disapearing off over the horizon when we were all meant to be in a convoy for each others safety and security - not very helpfull to his fellow competitors really, and as was pointed out in the briefing he could have stopped occasionally and caught everyone else up or just gone in a circle occasionally if the speed was too slow for him - it's what we did!
You've got a point and as far as I know the recommendations from the judges was taken on board by the Greek crew for next year.
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Old 12 September 2006, 09:47   #144
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If you had seen the props they had you would understand why it was stuffing a lot - they retired on the last leg because the engine bolts had become very loose - they couldn't remember when they checked them last .........
OK that may be. However, (and I just make these comments for discussion only and not to antagonise any one) the story of the blade runner, to me at least, sounds a little strange. You get a super duper, very expenssive (apparently) boat. You only have it for one day and then you go to race it to a place you've never been before?

Sounds logical?
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Well I must have been walking around with my eyes shut because I never saw Hot Lemon there at all - were you there?

We were not in the same class as the Greek RIB, I believe it was the biggest boat as well and certainly much better suited to the conditions than any other boat - it would have been nice to have some calmer weather to see which would have been the quickest then .........
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Many thx for your reply. At last somebody replies to the point instead of insulting the Greeks.
1st of all please accept my sympathy for a week that did not go as wished for your participation in the Red Sea Rib Rally. These things happen. I'm sure you will do better next time.
To answer your question, No, I was not there and I was obviously misinformed about the Hot Lemon being there. I guess it would have been more interesting if the HOT LEMON was there. The same thing is true if more Greek made boats were there. Having said that some of the very best british ribs were there though. Even so the rally proved to be a piece of cake for the Greek participation, which initialy came as a surprise to many of us.

I much appreciate your honest explanation that your RIB requires calmer weather to perform.
For most of the Greek Ribsters perfomance in rough conditions is very important since the Greek seas very often become 'nasty'. The perfomance of the TOPLINE RIB in the red sea rib rally is indeed a strong indication of how well the Greek-made boats can handle rough conditions.

Once more thx for your reply and good luck next year
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OK that may be. However, (and I just make these comments for discussion only and not to antagonise any one) the story of the blade runner, to me at least, sounds a little strange. You get a super duper, very expenssive (apparently) boat. You only have it for one day and then you go to race it to a place you've never been before?

Sounds logical?

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Many thx for your reply. At last somebody replies to the point instead of insulting the Greeks.
1st of all please accept my sympathy for a week that did not go as wished for your participation in the Red Sea Rib Rally. These things happen. I'm sure you will do better next time.
To answer your question, No, I was not there and I was obviously misinformed about the Hot Lemon being there. I guess it would have been more interesting if the HOT LEMON was there. The same thing is true if more Greek made boats were there. Having said that some of the very best british ribs were there though. Even so the rally proved to be a piece of cake for the Greek participation, which initialy came as a surprise to many of us.

I much appreciate your honest explanation that your RIB requires calmer weather to perform.
For most of the Greek Ribsters perfomance in rough conditions is very important since the Greek seas very often become 'nasty'. The perfomance of the TOPLINE RIB in the red sea rib rally is indeed a strong indication of how well the Greek-made boats can handle rough conditions.

Once more thx for your reply and good luck next year
If you had been there you would know that anything under 10 metres is a little small - even Gordon's inboard deisel, which is a heavy boat struggled!

It wasn't the fact that it was rough it was the steepness and the distance between the waves that gave everyone the problems and the longest boats had an enourmous advantage ....

I would estimate that 3 metre high waves not much more than 10 metres apart was what it seemed - it was impossible for us to get on the plane at times - we were getting big air at 15 mph just dropping off the crests of waves!
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And Cookee's boat is known for being particularly good in the rough, for a single OB boat RIB.

People mentioned on a previous poker run that the solent was a bit rough in their Phantom 21's. I couldn't see what they were complaining about, in my 29' 3 tonne boat it seemed like perfect weather.
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I would estimate that 3 metre high waves not much more than 10 metres apart was what it seemed
In day two (El Gouna to Masha Alam) I was told 7 mtr waves that came in the sequence five small in hight together not more than 6-7 mtrs all together in legth and a large one at the end about 7 mtrs plus with a smaller wave on top of it. This is where most (all) boats were staffing.
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