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Old 01 January 2009, 05:24   #1
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Rib holidays......

A few years back I went on an organised off road motorcyle trip lasting 3 days. I was thinking about doing the same again but wondered if there are any similar type vacations arranged for ribs... You would make your way to a destination (somewhere warm preferably) where you would meet with the rest of the group and then spend the next few days on an organised rib trip with a guide, all equipment, accomodation etc provided....Has anyone heard of such a thing?
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Old 03 January 2009, 08:30   #2
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Well I used to organise such trips-in a sense! several 3-Day trips to the Scilly's, lots of 2-days on the south coast out of Plymouth, week long trip to S/W Ireland etc. The big problem is (and it is a big problem) is that many people who sign up for the trip, dont eventually turn up. This means broken meal and hotel arrangements. Can you imagine the problems of trying to rearrange hotel booking for 30 people ("no not 13 double and 8 singles, sorry, make that 11 doubles and 6 singles, oh by the way, might ring you tomorrow with more changes"). And by definition, this at high season in the middle of the holidays and at a popular place as well.
Another problem is the weather. If it is bad the whole event has to be cancelled.
I found the only way to do it was for people to make their own accomodation arrangements and meals to be taken on a casual basis. I have always found it impossible to a)have a conversation wth 32 people simultaneously, b)agree on a meal time and venue and c)then cater for 13 no. 2's, 18 no. 3's and 15 fried rices etc. (thats even if they can remember what they ordered when it arrives).
So go, by all means, invite others to come with you, make your own accomodation and meal arrangements and expect not to see anybody else there (although you probably will and have more joy for that !).
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Brian's right. It's a thankless task and can be a lot of hassle.

Part of the problem is the different ability of the boats in different conditions and then the abillities of the crews, or their perception of their own abilities ! Don't forget if you are "the organiser", there are certain responsibilities that are incumbent upon you, that you may not necessarily choose for yourself.

When it goes well, it's great fun but it can get ragged very quickly. For my 50th, we took 2 ribs and a 45ft Jeanneau powerboat as mothership across to Cherbourg and round to St Vaast. Dressed as French matelots, with stripey tops, berets and moustaches, we consumed a huge amount of grog (not PC, I know) and had a truly memorable weekend that people still talk about.

With a boat of your size, you'd be well advised to consider joining BIBOA, as some of their trips may be to your liking. Chris Kaye "organises" the St Vaast trip, the first bank holiday in May
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I'm thinking more along the lines of flying to Europe somewhere, being collected at the airport, transported to a villa which will be your base for a few days and then during the next 3 days (or so) chartering ribs in an organised group with a lead rib that knows the area and has done all the route planing. In the evening to all eat and chat together then do the same the next day etc etc
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Well, Mrgrumpy, you make it sound like everybody does something for YOU.
Why not try to organise something yourself.

We will then choose whether to join you............or not.
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Well, Mrgrumpy, you make it sound like everybody does something for YOU.
Why not try to organise something yourself.

We will then choose whether to join you............or not.
I think people are missing MrG's point here - he is looking for a company that offers RIB holidays. I'm not sure why all the negativity is necessary?

As he said in his OP, the sort of package he refers to has been common in motorcycling circles for many years, as have flotilla sailing holidays.

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But surely a company trying to organise such trips in the UK would encounter all of the same problems. We pop over to the Scillies a couple of times a season. We tend to let it be known when we're intending to go based around the weather. Those wishing to join can do so or not. We camp on the islands which requires little or no pre booking and therefore very flexible. Eating is also bbq or pubs which again is flexible.
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I think people are missing MrG's point here - he is looking for a company that offers RIB holidays. I'm not sure why all the negativity is necessary?

As he said in his OP, the sort of package he refers to has been common in motorcycling circles for many years, as have flotilla sailing holidays.
Well said. I have never understood why there were so few bareboat power boat charters or flotila powerboat holidays in the med compared to sailing holidays - never mind rib ones. But of course everyone can keep missing the point and telling MrG to organise something himself at home, when he wants to do something overseas...
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Well said. I have never understood why there were so few bareboat power boat charters or flotila powerboat holidays in the med compared to sailing holidays - never mind rib ones. But of course everyone can keep missing the point and telling MrG to organise something himself at home, when he wants to do something overseas...
....but of course. Sarcasm.....etc.

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Might be worth contacting the 'Marine Leisure Association':

http://www.marineleisure.co.uk/

They might be able to point you in the right direction.

Alternatively, Doug Stormforce who posts on here operates a watersports centre in Greece, and might have some contacts.

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