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Old 30 December 2015, 14:45   #11
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2015 => It was 6 weeks in Greece Warsaw-Greece 2015, Family trip+HIGHFIELD OM540DL

2016 => It be 4 places in Greece one month in total including towing the RIB (cost reduction)

I have bought tickets for ferry (Triest - Patra round trip) to have early booking 30% discount.



1. Messina Bay (Ag.Andreas allready booked)
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2. Laconian Gulf (Plitra for sure)
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3. Lake near Korynt (I was here in 2015)
4. Mitikas (To explore Lefkada, Itaka, Kefalonia)
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Andre push me to tow RIB to ... UK, Scotland but I have never drive in UK style opposite for me.
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Old 30 December 2015, 15:20   #12
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Off the top of my head from things I've heard there are a few things going on next year:

Venture Cup - I think some will follow this in their boats?

Round Denmark - The Belgium Pneumatic Club are arranging this.

Channel Islands - Not sure on exact dates or details but I'm sure it will happen.

Alderney Week - (I've already mentioned this)

Bristol to Penarth - Bristol Cruising Club to raise money for their local independent rescue service.

RIOW - Which will be a bit different to normal

Southampton to Brighton - I think this is in May.

Also I'm sure all the other yearly cruises will also be posted

SO much to do and so little time
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Old 30 December 2015, 15:32   #13
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You entering the Venture Cup then Wispa?
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Old 30 December 2015, 15:42   #14
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You entering the Venture Cup then Wispa?
I wish! Adam Yonger has one of his designs in it
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Old 30 December 2015, 18:54   #15
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Really, thats peed me off if thats correct, done less that 40 hours this year !!!
I'm quite surprised too, I would normally struggle to do that many hours in a year with my old boat. Trouble is those expensive services come around far quicker now

The scary thing is those hours were through winter. Now we are in summer and plan towing lures or live baits around 30 km offshore chasing billfish. Was on the water for over 9hrs yesterday, at least 7 running the engine.

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Old 30 December 2015, 20:27   #16
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Nice one.
I just wanted to see if the dude can pitch a tent better than you
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Old 31 December 2015, 03:19   #17
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2015 saw a pastry run where the sea was massive but a great experience and a superb pasty for those that made it.

Various days out in Plymouth and Appledore with the kids

Dartmouth fireworks with a night run and a weeks cruising Torquay where I saw a great looking boat being launched that was to be used as a camera boat at at event the next day - who'd have thought I'd own her 3 months later

2016
We have the Eddystone lighthouse cream tea run.
The Plymouth To Looe pasty run.
I'm hopeful of joining the B2P trip .

Cowes week with the family alongside some more great local days bobbing about.
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Old 31 December 2015, 03:28   #18
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Only owned my rib 6 months, manged 180 hrs on the engine in that time.

Towed it up the coast a few weeks ago (just over 2000km) had an awsome trip catching fish, swimming with turtles and sharks with my daughter.

Hope to hook up a few marlin over the next few weeks and maybe do a night out wide targeting broadbill.

For 2016 I plan to tow the boat further afield diving, fishing and exploring.

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When you catching fish you trolling bait I suppose. Probably this is one of the reason why you have so many hrs.

We (my Family) use RIB as a TAXI a trip 50-80 km one way with one stop and we never stay at boat. Always anchor it and went to beach, port, some ruins, snorkel etc. And we try to have cruise speed around 50 km/hr

You probably has much more colorful view under water in Australia (than in Greece which is my place to use boat at summer) but things like sharks sounds scary for me.

Generally more than 100 hr per 6 months sounds like big fun for me, unfortunately not for my 3 kids They always need a target (island, beach, ruins, ...)

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This year I will try tow some tubes and my daughter (16 y o) and wife would like to try ski or wakeboard (not sure what is easier for the beginner)
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The good, the bad, the ugly 2015.

Good
Round Isle of Wight for MacMillan
Bournemouth Air Show
Jurrassic Coast Cruising
Many trips to Chapmans Pool
Swanage & Studland
Many trips around the back of brownsea island enjoying the quiet scenery
Wareham River
Powerboat Racing off Bournemouth
A couple of rescues
Durlston head sea birds
Dolphins

The Bad
Getting caught on 30m of floating line attached to a lobster pot
Speedo failing (need to replace the water pressure tube that has got pinched somewhere)

The Ugly
Jet Skiers being a pain
Large powerboats racing through harbour entrance causing issues
Suicidal snorkeler just off haven hotel beach swimming across small channel

Next Year
More trips along Jurrasic coast
Chapmans Pool lounging about
Isle of Wight
Cruise up Bealieu River
Fix my speedo issue
Isle Of wight for Macmillan ?
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Old 31 December 2015, 11:38   #20
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Here are the highlights of some of my 2015 adventures .. I confess that due to the weather .. I spent more days walking and wild camping on the hills ..than I did going by boat

I used my Seago Slat floor in the early part of the year
Falling asleep on Loch Leven .. ZZzzzzzzzz .



I couldn’t let a year go by without a few trips to Arisaig.. IMO ..one of the best SIBing locations in Scotland. It was only Seago day trips this year . I had planned on camping there for a month..but the weather put that notion out my head..perhaps June 2016 will be better ?



Going round the Garvellaches with youngest daughter by Quicksilver 4.3m SIB. It was my most exposed journey (furthest from main land) of 2015 ..but certainly not roughest.



Although it was a poor year for fishing for me.. I still enjoyed a few outing catching Gurnards and other non edible species in Loch Etive



I thoroughly enjoyed a wild camp with the Lomo Brothers and their kayaks .. on Loch Fyne



And I will never forget getting in front of Poly and Willk on the Scottish Ribnet meet.. it was also my first time by SIB through the Corryvrechan.. Im looking forward to see what Poly is Planning for 2016 .. and white horses wont keep me away from it.



I will also never forget the F-Rib guys outing at Oban. It was a big bounce round Lismore that day.. and would possibly be the roughest water I was in during 2015. Although it looks very calm at Port Ramsey (this photo) It was the calm before the storm in the tide race at the southern point of Lismore. F4-F5 against the tide rip .. the water was whiter than the Guinness top which I swallowed in one , that night at the campsite .. glad to be dry and out the wet.



I enjoyed a long weekend in Loch Hourn and Knoydart..which was the furthest north and most remote ..that I took a boat this year.



Yup ..Im not complaining about 2015 ..I thoroughly enjoyed it. As for 2016 ? As long as I still have the health and energy to post about it at the end of next year..I will be happy ..no matter where I go..or what happens.

Have a GREAT NEW YEAR everyone .. I wish you many happy adventures in 2016

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