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Old 30 November 2001, 05:27   #21
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C'mon Alan.........

thats dodging the question isn't it? Is there a reason why everyone goes round Britain clockwise or are we all just sheep following the first person who did it!
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Old 30 November 2001, 05:38   #22
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Having just sold my 'pure' inflatable I will not be able to take part in the actual race/challenge. I will however hopefully have my new RIB in the water by then - so if this is going to get serious, and support boats are required for all or part of the trip - count me in!
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Old 30 November 2001, 08:54   #23
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Got it in one. The main reason is the land magnet and the lack of harbour facilities that were around in the early 90's. There is no reason at all which way round you go, in fact there is a good reason for going eastabout because by the time you get used to the trip the facilities are better.
What ever happens we will be in Donagadee late July for the biggest "rib festival ever"
Got that one hairdresser? we are relying on your suport to make every one look nice for the reception in Scotland and Ireland.

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Friday Isle of Man (get a decent hair do!)
Saturday AM Donagadee NI
Saturday PM Portpatrick Scotland BBQ RNLI
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Sunady PM Disperse to explain why you look so ill after a VERY GOOD weekend
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Old 30 November 2001, 09:15   #24
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Yes, yes, yes Alan - got that one, no doubt I will be picking up all the good looking girls .... for the ride to Portpatrick.

I wonder how big 'The Biggest Ribfest Ever' will be this year ?

I am surprised at such an apparently experienced chap such as yourself not appreciating why round Britain trips go clockwise - it is all to do with the added inertial advantage generated by the clockwise rotation of your average propeller.
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Old 30 November 2001, 09:23   #25
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Thats all well and good but

what happens if you have a duoprop / bravo 3 drive!!!
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As I do have the Bravo 3 job, I can provide the authoritative answer.

I am tempted to say that you still have to go clockwise because you will invariably be in company with boats that just have a single prop, but I will give you the real reason instead.

In the case of the duoprop, you might think that either direction would be equally quick, but this is not the case as the comparative distance between Cape Wrath and Duncansby Head must be measured against the distance between Land's End and Dover when considered in conjunction with the effect of the rotation of the earth.

The longer you can travel with the rotational effect speeding you up, the better. That means travelling the longer W-E leg from east to west, ie Dover to Land's End.

That means even with a bravo 3 you go clockwise

This presupposes that the bravo 3 will hold together long enough
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there is another aspect to the clockwise/anticlockwise debate. the reason clocks go round the way they do is because that is the way the sun appears in the sky. to people unconnected with the natural world this is just historical detail. however THE CIRCUIT THAT BLESSES IS CLOCKWISE. It is the way the fireworshipper's swastika turns and it's Christianized descendant, St. Bridget's cross. Celtic fisherman would not dream of touring against the sun, neither would racers of Galway hookers. In all of Europe, pilgrims pray whilst circling the ancient way of the sun. Tour anticlockwise if you wish to curse the land you encircle. Watch out not to enrage Mainnin the Manx sea god.
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Sounds a bit heavy for me, I am going the way that is right for a 10 day forecast, B******Ks to anything else.
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Graeme, will require a support boat so will get in touch if we get this thing off the ground.

Fascinating debate about which way to go around, but have to go with Alan on this one. Look at the five-day forcast and go with that. As we will be making the most of a high pressure, that has an clockwise airflow, should imagine will turn right when we come out of Falmouth.

Re: The Gemini on Naval Ships. I pretty sure that the Gemini, which is still in use on some vessels today is not produced by Gemini S Africa, imported by RIBs UK but is a brand name for another manufacturer.

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Isn't the naval Gemini made by Halmatic?
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