I took part in the BIBOA Round Scotland in 1998. I was one of the five man crew on an Ocean rib called Braveheart. The rib was skippered by "DOG" Phillips. This was my first introduction to extreme ribbing and must admit today that it was one hell of a shock to me. I was wearing a motocycle helmet, dry suit and sitting at the back holding on to my dear life. I was having visions that if I was to fall overboard they would not even notice
One way of putting one off ribbing for life. Anyway after the first day of racing I decided that enough was enough and as the cruise ribs were following the race I hitched a ride on an 8 mtr Delta and then with Callum and his brother on their Redbay. Callum even let me drive and it was great to stop for a pint on route. The race started in Oban and due to the very bad weather we only made it to Lochinver were we waited a few days for the conditions to improve. Sadly they did not so we made our way back along the same route. The race was stopped on route just off the isle of Eigg as a submarine was about to emerge from the depth and it did and what a sight it was. I very much enjoyed the rest of the cruise and was not put off by the bad weather. The following year I joined DOG, BIFF, Lee, Richard and another chap whose name I cannot remember on the Round Britain 1999 in a 9 mtr Zodiac Hurricane rib and I can say I am hooked on ribbing to this very day. I must find some photos and scan and post them.