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Old 07 January 2003, 11:38   #11
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Old 07 January 2003, 16:52   #12
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Collected kids from

school today, it was cold, a bitter biting wind

cant think of any clothes on this planet that can keep out such cold, imagine not being able to get out of that wind, being constantly wet ?

If a wave can break the windscreen of SOC, what will it do to an exposed crew.

At least on a mountain, base camps can be formed with a brew up in a tent as a respite, ( I know as much about mountaineering as I do about crossing Atlantic in a rib- nothing )

having viewed the part constructed hull at LBS which looks very flat and exposed , I am still at a loss where these chaps are going to get some shut eye and shelter from elements

Cant question the bravery of these chaps, but seems extremely dangerous to me.

Lets hope the sea conditions are kind to them.
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Old 07 January 2003, 19:23   #13
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Ask Alan Priddy - after all he started all this madness!

Have you see his first book?

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Old 08 January 2003, 17:33   #14
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Yep,its good luck from me and a bit of sponsorship,as its a great charity thingy to.
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Old 09 January 2003, 16:42   #15
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Visited the LBS today and the first thing that catches your eye is the Ocean Dynamics rib in which the brave lads are going to tackle the North Atlantic. For those of you who will not have the chance to go the the LBS here is a shot of the rib as it is exhibited.
Having done Round Britain in 1999 in a 9 mtr Zodiac rib the North Atlantic crossing is something I do not think I would want to do.
A great challenge however and good luck to the crew.

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Old 09 January 2003, 17:06   #16
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lack of sleeping compartment !
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Old 18 January 2003, 17:17   #17
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Anybody know how these lads are doing?
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Old 31 January 2003, 17:08   #18
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Still no news,I wonder whether they are in training?.

I wish then all the best for this one and look forward to supporting them.Does anybody know when its all happening? what dates and ports they will leave .Is it all the same as on there website www.arctic2003.com. or are there any changes to schedule?

Are they going alone or in company?

How much fuel?and how many miles for each leg?What happens if something goes wrong like a fuel pump, and they havnt got a spare,Is there some sort of Bulk carrier that will pick them up?What comms?What Speed?What port of refuge?Length of total trip.How long,how much grub,any booze ups on return.


We want News?

But all the best to them from me and others and I hope you all have a safe return.
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Old 04 February 2003, 15:51   #20
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Hi Guys!

I've been sailing on an open RIB (Zodiac PRO 4700) in winter (Xmas 1999) from Gdansk throgh Wladyslawowo, Leba, Ustka to Kolobrzeg and back. When I put a boat on the water in Gdansk harbour, I had to break the ice! For firs few hundred metres I had to work with the ax to get to the clear water channel. The route of some 350 miles on Baltic sea, along Polish coast. I had an engine, 35 HP, Johnson as the main power, and 5 HP Evinrude as backup. I've been wearing on the first day a couple of layers of polar fleeces and goretex overall.On hands i had neopren diving glowes. Face I had covered with special mask made of neopren too. That was the same mask, what special forces are using at the sea operations. The mask is covering nose, cheeks and neck. It is very easy to wear - velcro on the back. In the mask had been small holes for the mouth, and bigger for nose. I didn't feel any cold with that equipment, and it was really cold! When I entered Ustka (after 8 hours of sailing) I had to chop out ice from the rubber tubes of the boat! The weather for last 3 hours of first day changed. Wind increased from force 5 to force 9, fortunately it was blowing from the shore, so the sea didn't build up. But whole next day (25th of dec.) I had to wait for better conditions. My friend left his family and came from Warsaw to Ustka (part of the route, from Gdynia by taxi!) becouse He learned from radio station about my adventure and decide to join me On 26th we left Ustka and went to Kolobrzeg. In half way, Stefan (my friend) told me that he wants to go ashore, becouse sea is to bumpy!!! There was some waves after B9 wind. When we entred Kolobrzeg, many people had been waiting for us! The route back was easier. All trip: 5 days long. Engine and boat-perfect! One more thing - Johnson was the kind used by military forces, with dewater system, without powertrim. Easier - the better!
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