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Old 01 August 2011, 04:45   #11
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There are some special people who can leave home for a year for the adventure. We had aboard some crew joining later on future legs on two of the yachts but also a wife and two youngsters whos father was out for the whole voyage!

Fully agree. i thought the blessing and the sending off of the yachts was well done and quite emotional! great to see so many boats to support the fleet and give them a good send off! it was nice to see so many smiling faces on the race boats as they head out on what will without doubt be the adventure of a lifetime.

I liked the slogan "raced by people like you" lets not forget for many of these people they had never set foot on a boat before signing up!!
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Not to mention my images from my dropbox folder

Not to worry, I got them from Doug Stormforce anyway...!
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So what happened to the fool? Did the harbour office or bill get him, I thought I saw some crazy things out there but that is the most stupid

I should also publically say well done on being the chief safety marshall. you had your work cut out and it went very well
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So what happened to the fool? Did the harbour office or bill get him, I thought I saw some crazy things out there but that is the most stupid
The police had a polite word - nothing to stop him, but they advised him it wasn't necessarily the safest of pastimes...

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I should also publically say well done on being the chief safety marshall. you had your work cut out and it went very well
Thanks - it was great to have so many volunteers for Marshal and Media Duties (34 ribs volunteered in the end, including two brand new XS Demo Craft), and they performed admirably. CJL from Northern Exposure took control of one of the teams, as did Brian C from Ashby Powerboat School, and we were joined by a fleet from UKSA for the start.

Overall the day went well - I wish we'd had more spectator handouts printed, but the ones we did give out were well recieved, and we had no reported incidents, and best of all none of the race yachts hit anything!

Here's most of them getting ready to depart after the briefing at Shamrock:
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T'was an interesting day, rushing around telling folks off, whilst having two dirty great flags strapped to the 'A' frame be nice he says, haha
Tried my best to break the boat, back and forth up and down Southampton water, even thought I had suceeded once, but no joy, it broke me instead.
But it was a good day, with lots of sun, I even seem to have gone a little crispy
For a small navy vessel, I thought Lusty was quite a sight, as were the race boats. Not sure how I would cope for a year with a load of strangers on the same boat
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I was driving a yacht that day and they were not courtesy of me they were nicked from me.

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