Dear fellow ribsters, on behalf of the administrative group of the ribandsea forum I send you our best greetings from the most beautiful corner of South East Europe!
Our forum is just... two months old and some 230 members (so far) enjoy their time, exchanging their ideas, experience, knowledge and, most of all, having fun among them.
Ribandsea forum is different from the other Hellenic rib fora, as there is also an active electronic "magazine" on the same name, that is www.ribandsea.com
, the ribandsea forum being a part of it as a matter of fact. Unfortunatelly www.ribandsea.com
is written only in Hellenic language at the moment.
As far as I am concerned, I have been to U.K. twice on board inflatable boats. In 1991 I participated in the Round of Scotland Rib Race (The Highlands and Islands Rib Race) on board a 7,4 mtrs Olympic rib, powered by a 200 h.p. inboard outboard diesel engine. We had made the whole trip from Hellas on board that rib, departing from Piraeus, the port of Athens, and arriving as far as Inverness, via the Adriatic Sea, the Mediterranean, the waterways of France and the North Sea. One of my crew members was my son John, who was ten years old. We sailed back to our country via the North Sea, Rotterdam, the Vaal and the Rhine rivers, and then via the river of Rhone and Port Saint Louis in Marseille, down to the west coasts of Italy, the Messina straight and the Adriatic Sea to Kefallinia island and the Korinth channel.
The second time was two years later (1993) when I participated in the same Race around Scotland on board a 5,95 mtrs Olympic, powered by a Mariner 175 h.p. outboard. I have made good friends in U.K. such as Paul Lemmer, Paul Emms, Hugo Montgomery-Swan, David George, doctor Ian Falkowski and others. I met Hugo and Paul Emms in the Round of the Azores Race in 1996, while I met doctor Ian Falkowski during the Red Sea Rib Rally two years ago (2007).
We will be here, in this part of globe, under the Hellenic blue sky, and it will be our pleasure to assist anyone of you, who will ever come over here, to have a pleasant and joyfull time.
Journalist - Editor www.ribandsea.com
A member of the admin. team of the Hellenic ribandsea forum