Originally Posted by willk
A bl@@dy fortune.
I think that there is great potential for a group of ribbers with say, three or four boats to do a RI with a support team - basically a 4x4 and a trailer. More fun, cheaper, less fuss...
When I want to scare myself I will add up what it cost.
Otherwise I am in denial.
By far the biggest cost was fuel...
The fuel bills were large - but then again it seems I was also sharing some of my fuel with the Irish Sea via the bilge.
I also went through the 2 stroke oil at quite a rate as well....a not inconsiderable amount when added up.
I didnt sleep in the front of the boat, or have a motorhome, so spent on average 60 - 80 euros a night on accomodation. Plus add in 30 euros a day to feed myself.
Then the cost of trailering the boat to Milford Haven from Newcastle, the travel/ferry costs to retrieve the trailer from Wales, ferry and drive to Dingle, pick up the boat and then get it back to Newcastle.
WillK is right in what he says - say four Ribs together with one land support and one trailer, (hoping that no more than one in four retires), would have been good. Thinking it through...on an organisational level, and assuming the next "challenge" is going to be well subscribed, it would be great to have entrant liason peeps. Maybe one for the sub 5m boats and one of the plus 5m boats, each equipped with a 4 x 4 (supplied by a sponsor
) and a suitable trailer, that followed the circus round.
Each could carry some suitable chandlery bits for entrants to buy when needed (on a sale or return basis maybe from one of the big chandlers) plus oil etc etc ..the stuff that is often frantically asked for at the quayside!
I also see their role as including getting an update on available local accom from the local tourist info office, and being the conduit for Challenge information for their boats.