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Old 04 February 2003, 17:02   #21
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Great imformation Arec, its sure sounds a bit nippy.

Have you any more Adventures your doing,and have you sent that email?
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Old 04 February 2003, 17:54   #22
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I had, a few adventures - You know, I'm chasing my dreams! Not all had been at sea, not all at sea had been on RIB's
Writing in English is not as easy for me but I'll try! Ask Andrew about our adventure, when we went together, on 2 RIBs, along all Polish coast, from east to west. 3 days, two of them really choppy (when we entered Kolobrzeg, not easy harbour to enter with big seas, we had to fly on full power with waves!) it was blowing up to force 10! Andrew had been with one guy on his old RIB (5,8 m long Avon with 70 HP Mercury), I had been on 4,5 m Sportis Idea 2000 (Mercury 60 HP on transom) with 2 my friends. The boat was a prototype, and suffered few damages... But she survived! RIBs are great!!!
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Old 04 February 2003, 18:10   #23
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When I was serching the world for Cabin ribs,I approached Sportis and they were one of the few companys that sent a letter and confirmed to me there specifications.

They make good boats from what I have read and it looks like you use them well.

Are you coming over here at all in the future?

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Old 05 February 2003, 15:53   #24
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Trans Atlantic RIB crossing

Just on a point of info !

There was a successful single handed RIB Trans Atlantic crossing in the 80's by Enda O'Coineen from Ireland in a 5.5M RIB.

This was his second attempt. His first attempt a year earlier ended with rescue by the RN just 150 miles off the Scilly Isles.

Enda went from Canada to Ireland. His exploits are recorded in his book The Unsinkable Kilcullen.

He went on to found Afloat magazine here in Ireland and also set the first Round Ireland Powerboat record.

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Old 05 February 2003, 15:58   #25
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see this thread where his name came up a few days ago, I am still waiting for his book to arrive

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1652
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Old 05 February 2003, 16:14   #26
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Enda O Coineen Trans Atlantic RIB

If you go to this link

http://www.onbusiness.ie/2001/1004/moneymakers.html

you can read some more about Enda and even hear about his exploits.

When he did his first crossing in the late 70's he was only 21 !!

He ran the engine on some of the early leg and after that for a short while each day to keep it servicable. He sailed for most of the journey. The engine was to get him clear of the coast and also to get him safely to land once he sighed it.

Along the way he was bumped by a whale and suffered a capsize from which he recovered.

I have always felt that Enda is one of the unsung heros of the world of Nautical adventure and exploration not only here in Ireland but worldwide.

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Old 05 February 2003, 16:14   #27
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Arek drifted across a similar route in 1998 and "Bear Grylls" says he is going to be the first to cross the Atlantic in an open boat, what do you all think ?I think not!!!

Alan P [/B][/QUOTE]


Our pals at www.arctic2003.com are just as brave as all the previous people. Mr P have you looked at there web site?They dont seem to be claiming there the first are they.

If you can point us to a link where that claim is made then I appologise.

I dont feel we should not forget what they are attempting,and the conditions they may well encounter,with no saftey nets.

There is no disrespect here,For past achievments, but anybody who tries there crossing in a open rib deserves my support and that of the Rib Community as it promotes ribs as the true go anywhere Sea boats they are.


The sea doesnt care if its your first time or indeed its going to be your last time.It will blow the same no matter what.It will also do what it wants when it wants.

So good luck Mr Bear and any others past and present I wish you all well and a safe return.

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Old 05 February 2003, 16:28   #28
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Ouch !!!

For the record I have tremendous respect for any one who undertakes such trips .In previous years I have both led and managed a few myself !

I now enjoy going to International Boat Shows for fun whereas previously I always went on the scrounge with Cap in Hand looking for sponsored equipment !!

For the record the Lad's website Claims :

"The Arnold & Son Trans Atlantic Arctic Expedition aims to set a World Record for the first complete crossing of the North Atlantic just south of the Arctic Circle in an 'open' rigid inflatable boat (RIB)."

Not strictly true but worth nonetheless of all our support and respect. I am also quite sure that they had not heard of Enda's trip.

I just made the point that some one else did it as well 25 years ago, at 21 years of age and with practically no sponsorship or technology behind him ! Nor did he stop along the way !

Once there are people like Enda and Bear , the world is a better place !

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Atlantic crossings

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Our pals at www.arctic2003.com are just as brave as all the previous people.

It must be rembered that crossings many years ago in all sorts of craft , some very small, did not have the advantage of GPS, Sat Phones, emailing progress , being able to talk to family on route, modern clothing technology, liferafts, epirbs, etc

Oh and being able to predict and pos avoid storms through fax info

It does put things into perspective regarding these early achievements
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Old 05 February 2003, 16:41   #30
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Arek drifted across a similar route in 1998 and "Bear Grylls" says he is going to be the first to cross the Atlantic in an open boat, what do you all think ?I think not!!!

Alan P

Our pals at www.arctic2003.com are just as brave as all the previous people. Mr P have you looked at there web site?They dont seem to be claiming there the first are they.

If you can point us to a link where that claim is made then I appologise.

I dont feel we should not forget what they are attempting,and the conditions they may well encounter,with no saftey nets.

There is no disrespect here,For past achievments, but anybody who tries there crossing in a open rib deserves my support and that of the Rib Community as it promotes ribs as the true go anywhere Sea boats they are.


The sea doesnt care if its your first time or indeed its going to be your last time.It will blow the same no matter what.It will also do what it wants when it wants.

So good luck Mr Bear and any others past and present I wish you all well and a safe return.

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