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Old 29 December 2015, 15:58   #1
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2015 was an odd year for us. Our weather was p1ss poor and my Navigator was doing 12-18 in the cooler at Her Majesty's Pleasure (or something like that ). It was all a little daunting and I had to take it as it came. That said I managed four trips to Scotland - solo craft for two, solo crew for one. There were a few VERY good days out with the sharks and dolphins and the birdies. The camera crew days were fun, especially the drone work with the floaty Land Rover lads. I can't decide the best day. The mad run from Portpatrick to the Swilly was class - but I think the solo crew cruise from the Swilly - Malin - west coast of Islay - Corryvreckan - Oban for the Scottish SIB Rendezvous was the highlight, especially considering the failing revs and clogged fuel filter in the Corry...

Plans for 2016? I'm really not sure! Certainly anything mad that the wind blows my way. If the weather plays ball, then anything is possible. Gonna try to be back on the water for ERR, then we'll see. That said, I feel a bit of distance coming on!

What about you guys?
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Old 29 December 2015, 16:37   #2
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Our 2015 -
  • Several social trips,
  • Great River Race
  • Magna Carta River Pageant
  • Traditional Boat Rally and Bluebird K3
  • Barge races - crazy large barges and tiny oars!!
  • RNLI Yealm Passage Race

Check out our video slideshow - https://vimeo.com/149315726

2016....who knows!!
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Old 29 December 2015, 19:21   #3
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I managed to put just under 60 faultless hours on the RIB this year, I say faultless but I had a pin hole in a fuel rail pipe at the ERR but that was a quick fix.

I thoroughly enjoyed Easdale, if I'm honest it was the craic that stands out on that one although I'd never actually been up in to Etive via Connel bridge before so that was a first.

May saw me hitch a lift with Maximus on a run from Oban to Appin, he kindly let me take the wheel of Raptor on the return journey, when you're used to pootling around in the boat equivalent of an old Escort and you then find yourself in the Ullman seat of a Mustang.... different world!

Myself and pals have been to Inverie a couple of times for lunch and had a few dads n lads days exploring islands with the kids.

All in all it's been an adventure.

My plan for '16 is to get my pals their own RIBs.

Getting a little "air" in Raptor.

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Old 29 December 2015, 20:31   #4
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Loved every second of 2015's ribbing, Round Scotland and Alderney week especially. Also I Ribbed to work for the first time ever

Have just booked flights for the wife and kids for Alderney week 2016 and all I have to do is build a RIB and meet them there, simple right?

Hope to catch up with lots of you next year, especially Willk who I've never met

Here's a few pics from last years Alderney week that hopefully explains why we have to go back with the kids next year...

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Old 30 December 2015, 05:40   #5
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'15 saw the appearance of Black Pig IV. The smallest boat we've had, she's a game little thing & can keep up with the big boys. Spring Bank week saw us up at Oban running in the new engine, we got that out of the way on the first day & then we were off. We were on the same Appin run as Alan & Maximus in the post above, I think we spent more time out of the water than in. We had a couple of weekends mackie bashing at our "local" port, Whitby. Summer saw us in France for our usual 5 weeks in Normandy, just chillin'. We finished the year on December 20-21 down in Southampton water doing our PB2 with the most excellent David "Swiss Tony" Leutchford. Next year, who knows.......
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but I think the solo crew cruise from the Swilly - Malin - west coast of Islay - Corryvreckan - Oban for the Scottish SIB Rendezvous was the highlight, especially considering the failing revs and clogged fuel filter in the Corry...

Plans for 2016? I'm really not sure! Certainly anything mad that the wind blows my way. If the weather plays ball, then anything is possible. Gonna try to be back on the water for ERR, then we'll see. That said, I feel a bit of distance coming on!
well I'm just trying to work out a date for Scottish Sib gathering 2016 at the moment... ... A slightly different venue this year... I feel a whole new thread coming on.
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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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Old 30 December 2015, 13:39   #10
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Kicked off with ERR then back up there Spring bank for a windy week ! Then a trip to Dublin with PD then a trip to the south of France for some warm weather boating. The GRR and a trip to Whitby followed by Ullswater in the snow, as for 2016 who knows
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