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Old 03 January 2003, 05:52   #1
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Crossing the North atlantic in a open rib

Met up at the Boat show with www.arctic2003.com crew

Have to say What a great bunch of normal guys they are, and I wish them all the best of luck as its going to be a bit chilly and bumpy over there.

This is good news for Ribs as again it helps them establish the underestimated philosophy of what actualy great sea boats they realy are,being able to go anywhere anytime.

I wish them the best of luck and look forward to hearing all about there preperation and the trip.

I think that most people believe that these sort of explora guys are just born ,but in my experience they are just normal guys with a lot of motivation and drive and guts, who are prepared to give it there best shot against all the odds,and I for one take my hat off to them all,whilst watching them on the telee and eating mi tea.

All the best Beare and pals wrap up well,I will be watching with interest and the best of luck to you all.

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Old 03 January 2003, 06:29   #2
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havnt really sussed out how long each leg of trip will be, as it is on the face of it an open boat, what are the sleeping arrangements ?

I think their biggest challenge will be their exposure to the elements, just think of chill factor, getting constantly wet

I wish them luck but it seems on the face of it very dangerous, would prefer cabin rib myself
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Old 03 January 2003, 08:05   #3
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Bin There, done that and worn the t shirt out. They have a tough job ahead of them and they are going to need a lot of luck.

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PS I might be able to send you some very good pictures of them while they are underway!!!!
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I think that exposure will be a big issue for them and I would suggest that they spend some time up the very high mountains of Dorset, all e5 and above, if they can manage the altitude.

With a woolly hat and a pair of mittens they should be fine !



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Old 03 January 2003, 11:34   #5
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Mateboy your right.

I wasnt sure how long the legs were but I believe about 800miles apart.

Its cold in Blackpool today "2 degrees Cent, so the car said. If thats what its like up there, you can count me out of ever attempting anything like that.

The fuel burn dont know how much and I am sure they will let us know when they have done the sea trials I hope.

We will see.
Also I believe theres no Boozers in Battle.So its a going to be a tuffy for sure.

Cant wait for the pictures.

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Old 03 January 2003, 11:38   #6
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Dangerous but VERY BRAVE

Is dangerous, needs a lot of guts and they are a brave lot to try it. Will be looking to see how they'll do.
Wish them the best of luck!!
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Old 03 January 2003, 15:04   #7
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I too met Nigel ,Bear, and his crew today at LBS. Very friendly and gutsy bunch. I am sure the Ribnet will provide a lot of support in this adventure. In fact, my 20 year old daughter has already given Nigel some boat handling tips.(after scrounging some baseball caps off him). And don't forget its for charity. Break a leg lads.

P.S. are you taking Annabel Croft with you, Nigel.
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Old 03 January 2003, 16:40   #8
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Yep your right it is for charity,Any chance of a free baseball cap Bear? In fact on reflection ,I will do ya a deal 2 basball caps for another 2 miles.Hows that then. I havnt got the name Mr Charity for nothing you know!


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Old 07 January 2003, 09:33   #9
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Any chance of a free baseball cap
Crazyhorse, I'll swap you one of my expedition caps for a ride in your new cabin rib. What size do you want. Large I presume.

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Old 07 January 2003, 10:24   #10
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Ya cheeky monkey David,Its a deal though.
See ya at The meet providing we get there,with that reconstituted usa 75.00 vhf Manos has collected.?
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Old 07 January 2003, 10:38   #11
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R U saying that I'm tight with my money or what???
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Old 07 January 2003, 15:52   #12
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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, 18:23   #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, 16:33   #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, 15:42   #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, 16:06   #16
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lack of sleeping compartment !
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Old 18 January 2003, 16:17   #17
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Anybody know how these lads are doing?
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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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Hey you missed this picture

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Old 04 February 2003, 14:51   #20
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chill factor

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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