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Old 28 November 2006, 07:25   #1
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Crossing the Atlantic in Open RIB

I just read about this guy in a Norwegian news article: http://www.atlanticspeedrecord.com/

He is intending to cross the Atlantic from the western coast of Norway to New York. Fuelling is planned at The Faeroe Islands and Newfoundland. Sounds like a good distance between those two locations to me, but I guess he has done his math.

As far as I understand he is planning to use a 36 ft RIB custom made by RIB Unlimited in Sweden. Project budget is estimated to 5 million NOK (400k GBP) but he hasnt raised anything yet according to the newspaper. With departure in July 2007 I guess he has got some serious amount of work to do.

Anyway, Good luck!
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Old 28 November 2006, 08:10   #2
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Its already been done a few years back by Bear Grylls in 2003

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening...5/fmever25.xml
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Not singlehanded though!!!
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Its already been done a few years back by Bear Grylls in 2003

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening...5/fmever25.xml
And before that by Alan Priddy & crew. (But not singlehanded as Cod says).
I'dve thought a single handed high speed trip would be a questionable venture as staying awake and alert for that amount of time will be a huge problem. Mind you I 'spose the Velux 5 Oceans / Around Alone sailors travel at high speeds (15-20kts) in the Southern Ocean for days on end with only catnaps so maybe it is possible!
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Old 28 November 2006, 08:45   #5
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Crossing the Atlantic in Rib

Hey Guys, sorry a Paddy got there first many years ago when we all thought he was a loon. At least I did, on reflection and reading his book, it was amazing including the big difference between North Cont. Drift and Atlantic cold water. I seem to recall that he mentioned the NCD was like a river whoose waters did not mix.

Enda o coinin is his name and he has made serious dough by now with Radio Prague or Warsaw or whatever.
He started the mag "afloat" for Irish yachties.

I believe it was a small rib but he wrote a book which I did a google on and brought me back to 2003 to some of the lads Jackeens etc as follows:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books
Its called the unsinkable kilcullan

I hate to burst your bubble but the Paddy came first.

A good read for serious ribbers. He actually made a few attempts at it that failed then suceeded.
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Yes I was aware of his crossing. The most amazing of all though was Alain Bombard in a 15' SIB which he sailed across and lived off seawater and fish.
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Old 28 November 2006, 09:49   #7
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The kilcullans record can probably be beaten then...

BTW, he is planning a speed of 12-14 knots while sleeping.

I still have trouble believing he can go all the way with only two refuellings though... Must be a floating (almost sinking) gas can in the beginning... How will the RIB behave in rough seas with that much gas onboard?
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Well it won't sink that's for sure as fuel is lighter than water. Will prob wallow around like a hippo though!!!
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I've hard good things about the behaviour of hippos in high seas...

I did a little math here. According to Google Earth it is 1'762 nm between Torshavn on the Faeroe Islands to Newfoundland. Assuming he'll manage an average speed of 30 knots that leg should take some 59 hours.

He'll be equipped with two 400 hp engines (diesel I assume). I have no idea how much those drink, but guessing 75 litres per hour per engine would result in a total fuel consumption of nearly 9000 litres.

I don't know about you guys, but I really look forward to see a 36 ft RIB carry 9000 litres of fuel.

That's one nice hippo.
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Old 28 November 2006, 13:54   #10
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Enda did it by jury rig on the humber he crossed on, almost made it the first time, but as to the interference of the royal navy who intercepted him off the Irish Coast, and despite his wishes to be righted in his Zodiac and let continue on his way, they took him aboard and to hospital in Scotland,
I wonder what is the point of this record attempt, its not a new thing anymore
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Old 28 November 2006, 14:00   #11
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...And Enda asserted himself when he visited the Solent that he did the trip for a bet (bottle of whiskey).



St. Brendan however (also of irish stock) is alleged to have made the crossing in an even more basic craft thereby 'discovering' America. Sadly he's not around to start a saintly blog.

Fair play to them all, Alan Priddy included. Takes guts+

K & P (far lazier & more easily scared paddies )
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I wonder what is the point of this record attempt, its not a new thing anymore
I would have thought that travelling west to east from Norway against all that's prevailing would be a bit of a challenge. Either that, or it's the Viking gene.
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Crossing the atlantic Irish style

Hello Jackeens,

By the way, Us non Dublin people call Dublin people "Jackeen`s"

The St Brendan was Galway Bay Hooker (of the sailing variety). It is a big boat that was designed (Or copied) to take Livestock and Turf from The Mainland (Ireland) to the Islands. It would travel over with full load and then take on stones as ballast on the way home.
It was not that basic a boat really, it was bulky enough but the ballasting was everything. It has a Gaff rig/Gunter Rig Main with Mizen for steerage. They also used this Mizen for trawl Fishing I think they call it trolling from the stern.

The Kilkullan was a rib and relied on possibly two stroke outboard as I dont believe they had the 4 stroke at that time.
He relied on a simple jusr rig Sail running with the wind off the quarter and the drift which added several knots and used the Engine when he needed to have helm in high seas.
I think the Navy rescused him at least once. If I recall, he made it the third time. But then again I am getting old and dont remember the facts nor the book fully. One could say he crossed by floating and navigating his way.
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Finding AMerica

Hi Jackeens,

Whats with the Irish finding America in the St Brendan??????

We didnt find it, we invaded it......successfully may I add. and it was not the St Brendan, it was Aer Lingus......It didnt say on the visa to go home.

By the way Columbus didnt find America, he may of thought he had, but he did not consult the Indians.....

God Bless the Paddy, We also Built New York, London, Sydney.... etc.
You can take the lad out of the country but you cannot take the country out of the lad......

But I guess you already know that. lets be specific, God Bless Cork, the real European Capital.... We have our own Metro called the Jack Lynch Tunnel. God Bless Jack Lynch Too..... real Cork.
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By the way, Us non Dublin people call Dublin people "Jackeen`s"
Hello Aidan. And that is indeed the origin of our nickname since one of us is a Dub and the other one is married to one

The Brendan we were referring to was the saintly sailor who went for many a jaunt and spin on the ocean wave, maybe even discovering Amerikay in a wood & leather style craft a bit like a currach allegedly?

Tim Severin also had a go more recently. It might have been on his crossing that he was offered the famed Icelandic 'Brennivin' or Black Death by some passing friendly mariners?

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