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Old 02 September 2001, 12:25   #11
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Gary........

Is you boat large enough to cross to the IOM? Well the answer has to be a qualified yes. If three 4.8m ribcraft can succesfully circumnavigate Britain on the RB4 event then, in theory, a run to the IOM should be well within the boats capabilities.

The key thing for you will be weather window. In a small RIB you want to be assured of good weather both out and back. I am sure you know enough to make your own call on this but personally I will be looking for Force 4 or less to go in my 6.5m RIB. (As I do this for the enjoyment not the addrenlin rush!) So, if we are fortunate with the weather and you have the range, the kit and the confidence to do so then you would be most welcome. As an illustration, John Harvey, who is organising this cruise, has done the trip in a 5.2m RIB before, or so he has told me!

You sound like an experienced chap so would be able to make the call as to personally whether you wanted to put to sea or not - clearly with the access to advice from the more experienced hands on the day. If the weather is not good then don't go. And if the weather turns whilst you are out at the IOM be prepared to stay/get the ferry back rather than risk boat and crew!

If you want to chat more about this, or rib cruising in general drop me an email and I'll give you my telephone number.

Cheers, Alan.

PS. One point, you will need to be a BIBOA member (if you are not already one) to go on this or any other BIBOA cruise. Worth joining!
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Old 13 September 2001, 13:22   #12
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Is this cruise still on?

1) Cross Channel. Solent to Cherbourg daytrip. An ideal "first time foreign" trip. Open to all Rib sizes and experience levels. Date is 15/16th Sept. Weather permitting!

I too will be "sailing" to Cherboug this weekend, not on a RIB but in a BMS (Big Metal Ship)

We will be sailing in "The Pride of Bristol" from Bristol tomorrow afternoon, our first stop will be Falmouth on Saturday afternoon.

We then set off for Cherboug at 0300 on Sunday morning, getting there, hopefully, around 1700.

(We only do 10 knots )

We are staying in Cherbourg untill Thursday when we will start our return to Bristol via St Ives.

So if you see us in port - or zip past us on your rib, then give us a wave. We might even make you a cup of tea!!
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Old 13 September 2001, 13:27   #13
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Here's a picture of us moored at Lundy - so that you know what we look like!

Hopefully the weather will be like this !!!
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Old 13 September 2001, 14:30   #14
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Cherbourg Cruise

Not happening this weekend - Apart from anything else the weather is looking lousy. (It was rough enough off Cornwall yesterday!)

We are still planning to run a Cross Channel cruise. What we have decided to do is to ask all interested BIBOA members to contact me or Mike Deacon to register interest. When we get a weather window we'll ring around and get as many together as possible to do the event.

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Old 13 September 2001, 14:41   #15
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Jools....

Rather you than me going round Lands End tommorrow unless the weather has moderated from Weds. We went from Falmouth to Plymouth via Fowey in a 9.5m RIB and it was exciting enough in a F5. F6-7 was forecast for today!

Hope you've taken your stugeron!

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Old 24 September 2001, 14:27   #16
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Any more update on the early October run to the Isle of Man?
We have a "Strangford Lough Rib Raid" organised for this weekend (29th & 30th Sept) starting at 11 am from Newtownards Sailing Club. I would like to canvas / confirm all boats at this event about our run to IOM to coincide with the BIBOA run.
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Old 24 September 2001, 16:25   #17
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IOM Cruise 6th / &th Oct.

Alan Mc, (too many Alans on this forum!), yes as far as I am concerned its still on weather permitting, although I need to tie up with John Harvey. I have personally had little response from any interested BIBOA members so far!!

I'll let you know ASAP whether its still happening.

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Old 24 September 2001, 17:27   #18
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Alan Mc, What ever the weather, I will be there. I am flying in!!

Cheers

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Old 26 September 2001, 16:53   #19
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IOM Cruise

Alan Mck, & anyone else interested.

The BIBOA IOM cruise planned for 6th / 7th Oct is still on the cards. We are going to take a view on both the weather and the number of potential participants next Weds & make a go/no go decision.

So far there has not been a huge amount of interest and we only have 2 - 3 boats. If anyone else is interested can they please contact me or John Harvey ASAP!

cruising@biboa.co.uk

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Alan (the not as old as Alan P or Alan Mck one!)
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Old 26 September 2001, 18:23   #20
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How far is it? and how long will it take in a RIB?

I won't be bringing mine - its a bit small! but if there's space on a rib which needs an extra hand then I might be interested

Are there going to be any other "cruises" this year? and when does the season start again next year?

I see there is a Weymouth cruise TBA in October according to the BIBOA web site.

I have my BIBOA application form in front of me
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