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Old 14 November 2006, 12:20   #201
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It's probably the Frogs that tipped them off that there was a dodgy looking RIB on it's way over. RIBs are very hard to spot on Radar and it sounded as if the reception comitte was planned in advance!!!
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Old 14 November 2006, 12:56   #202
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Reception....

Yea...I guess so on all points...different country....mid-crossing pickup and all but with the cost of such an interception and the participants already shown to be solid citizens it still seems strange to me that's all that the data collected in one place is not available "on the radar" a short distance away.

Our "Genius" Homeland Security decided that in order for even a pleasure vessel to enter a US port..including St. Thomas and St. Croix and St. John in the US Virgin Islands from any Foreign port, they needed to fax or email the Coasties 24 hours in advance with a crew list etc. etc. etc. Most of the charter boats are located in Tortola in the Brit Virgins and the distance from St. John to Tortola is less than two miles at the shortest and there are literally thousands of pleasure craft darting around to all the smaller islands and beaches in both the US and British Virgins and where the hell do you locate a fax machine or email on most boats and you begin to get the point.

After a year of this non-enforcable nonsense they just relaxed the rules that you only need to show up with proper docs and clear in and out but it created havoc on the entire boating community until they did.

Same Genius decided that the ferry between St. Thomas and St. John needed better security so they erected chain link fence at both ports when next to the pier you can land anything on the beach unimpeded while ferry passangers are shaken down traveling from one destination in the US Territory to another in the US Territory. Osama has won......one could report.
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Old 14 November 2006, 13:08   #203
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Couldn't agree more Tomas - the terrorists must be rubbing their hands with glee - they don't need to do anything more to screw our lives up - the powers that be are doing it for them!!!
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Old 14 November 2006, 15:19   #204
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Guess the customs peeps are just doing their job.

For the record they were extremely courteous and complimented Nauti's crew on excellent preparation for sea.

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Old 14 November 2006, 17:52   #205
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Guess the customs peeps are just doing their job.

For the record they were extremely courteous and complimented Nauti's crew on excellent preparation for sea.

Kathleen & Paul
It's not them I object to - it's their Lords and Masters.....
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It's not them I object to - it's their Lords and Masters.....
Amen!

The foot soldiers are following orders. It is the "think tank" that comes up with some of these """""""""""s o l u t i o n s"""""""""" that has me rolling my eyes.

The problem with acts committed against any nation is that the response to the act is universally more problematic and has greater consequence for the average joe than the original act ever did.

Don't get me wrong......I am not "soft" on terrorism. That behavior is Charles Darwin in reverse!
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Hope your well, Just tried to send you a PM but your inbox is full. Just wondering if your around this weekend.

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Have cleared out a few out of the 'jackeen' log-on Julian. (We are around in between a Christmas Do, visiting the recovering Ribster Antoinette, going to a show and christening Nautibuoy's new RIB. Please pm or 'phone Paul on 07790 551442.)

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It's not them I object to - it's their Lords and Masters.....
True, Codprawn. But they can't win really. I found it reassuring to know they were out there doing their job, really.

But for those of us working in the support services (& constantly short of funding for preventative work) the mind boggles when you consider the cost of such an operation.

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Guys I am again going to act as a policeman of this thread.

First we have a notice board and now Charles Darwin is being brought into the subject

What we want now are some good action shots cos not having another rib crossing the channel with us we could not have any taken.

If we had seen we were being tailed then who knows

Richard, Simon called me this afternoon and is happy to take some shots from the Red Funnel ferry. Let me know when and I will try and join you, providing of course, you let me get behind the helm as well
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Couldn't you have chucked someone in the water 1/2 way across? Even better you could have asked the helicoppers to film you!!!
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