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Old 09 April 2005, 07:16   #1
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Level 2 Course - Do it!

Hi all
Just to say if your planning on doing a Level 2, Get on with it !
Just done mine with my 16 yr old son courtesy of Michael Whelan at Plymouth Powerboat School, a big thank you to him.
Despite artic like conditions on Thursday/Friday really enjoyed the course and are now both better/safer/more competent Ribbers than we would ever have become if left to our own devices.
Real lessons learnt, the wind was kind varying from force 2/3 to upper 6, so had a real change in conditions in which to learn, went outside the breakwater in a reasonable swell with no problems ( Michael v.impressed with the Ribtec hull) then on Friday in the Tamar upstream of the bridges (nice and sheltered?) in a swell/chop approaching 2 metres in height managed to stuff the boat twice, as Michael put it 'not dangerous but not very comfortable! (just a tip, if your wearing high collared clothing duck into the wave as your collar will act as a funnel and let you catch far more water )
So as I said, Level 2, yes please, well worth the money.
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Old 09 April 2005, 16:02   #2
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Congratulations Kernow and I agree, I learnt loads. You should be able to negotiate a bit of a discount on your insurance now too.
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Old 09 April 2005, 16:30   #3
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Thanks Louise, hadn't thought about the insurance, perhaps with the money I save I'll buy a new jacket to replace the water carrier I was wearing yesterday !!
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Old 10 April 2005, 13:52   #4
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Well done Kernow on getting your Level 2.
It was a bit wild in devon on Thursday/Friday!
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Well done Kernow glad you enjoed the course. Well worth doing.

Intermediate next???

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Thanks for the good wishes guys, yes I'll certainly do an intermediate but just not yet. I'd like to get on the water first and hone the level 2 skills and when we're happy move on to the intermediate which will probably be in September.
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hi kernow , was it you over at/around western shore , on thurs/fri , i seem to remeber a team of ribs look as though they were doing some sort of course , and well i think we sorta interferred but was only looking for someone to race!!!!
(so we ended up racing the fast kat instead)
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who won hannah?

I'll give you a race this weekend if you like - you'll have to go easy on me though.
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Hi Hannah,
No! don't be a Doris !! ( made that up, works on my sons, hope you haven't got a gran/mum/aunt/sister of that name)
I was in Plymouth on my course( small clue, Plymouth powerboat school !!)At least I'm starting to catch you up a bit now, still can't see me waterskiing though.
Just a point about changing your boat for something faster, it'll have to be pretty darn quick to match a 5.3 with a 90hp in flat conditions. A fellow ribber I know has a 6.5 Humber with a new 140 Suzuki, can he keep up with the 90? not a chance on either acceleration or top speed, different story if its rough though. Any more news on your VHF yet?
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Me and a couple of mates are off to Whitby this weekend to do the BSAC equivalent of RYA level 2 direct assessment (its got more diver orientated bits in it) will let you know what happens, maybe post some piccies.
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