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Old 11 September 2012, 04:40   #1
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Had the same problem in the 1992 race, got down to the end of Loch Ness and no finishing line, oops
what rib did you have then are you still ribbing?
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Old 11 September 2012, 08:17   #2
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what rib did you have then are you still ribbing?
We did the 1992 race in a 5.2m Osprey sparrowhawk with a 60hp Mercury. By far the smallest rib that year not only did we win class A but the crew received another award for all the help they gave the other teams. I took 3 aircraft technicians and full toolboxes with us just in case. We also had a minibus and SWB landrover so always seemed to be towing other peoples trailers around for them.

The leg across the top of Scotland was desperate with F5-6 from the East and we were going East so down to 9 knots most of the time, remember we were only 5.2m so normally tail end charlie as the rest of the fleet disappeared into the distance. When we reached Scrabster we put 30 gallons into a 30 gallon tank

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Bit of a thread drift so pull up a sand bag

There were actually three races in 1992. 3 boats Alan Priddy, Jan F and another probably Jean Paul the Belgium were doing round GB and met us in Scotland. Actually they were sat 100 yards to the West of the Pentland firth wondering what to do about the huge random waves being formed as the North Sea emptied into the Atlantic dropping about 3m in the process. We tipped up and wondered too, so I tapped the driver on the shoulder and said go, one of the others will sort it all out if it goes pear shaped and off we shot. They must have thought we knew what we were doing because they followed us, if only they had known we had never been there before. Once through the race the driver slowed down then asked why there were foot prints on the front of the engine casing. I told him I had been stood on it because the front of the engine was more horzontal than the deck of the rib.

Hugo Mountgomey-Smith and Mike Southward organised the Glasgow to Edinburgh rib race at the same time which joined us at Corpach I think and Michael Alexander and Richard Freer organised the Highlands and Islands Race. Michael and Richard started it all by going around the highlands and Islands in a 4m flatacraft about 89 time with the intention of raising the profile of the highlands and bringing people up to their. Michael was also famous for another adventure, he escaped from Colditz.

He was very please we brought an Army Lynx helicopter along too which drew quite a crowd at lunchtime whilst we passed through the locks at the Western end of Loch Ness.

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We did the 1992 race in a 5.2m Osprey sparrowhawk with a 60hp Mercury. By far the smallest rib that year not only did we win class A but the crew received another award for all the help they gave the other teams. I took 3 aircraft technicians and full toolboxes with us just in case. We also had a minibus and SWB landrover so always seemed to be towing other peoples trailers around for them.

The leg across the top of Scotland was desperate with F5-6 from the East and we were going East so down to 9 knots most of the time, remember we were only 5.2m so normally tail end charlie as the rest of the fleet disappeared into the distance. When we reached Scrabster we put 30 gallons into a 30 gallon tank

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remember only to well we stopped at cape wrath to tow a Osprey 7.25
untill they repaired their fault and like you were at back of fleet with just fumes to get in scrabster one engine had already run dry
we should do it again
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Cracking thread fellas, keep it up It's like reading Boys Own
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remember only to well we stopped at cape wrath to tow a Osprey 7.25
untill they repaired their fault and like you were at back of fleet with just fumes to get in scrabster one engine had already run dry
we should do it again
Yes you went past us at about 10 knots a couple of miles to the East of Cape Wrath and took the inside passage along the headlands. We couldn't keep up with you which was infurating as you were towing but still going faster than us so we took a straight line to Scrabster. Actually we should have followed you into the quieter waters even if the route was longer. Seem to remember the XR24 you towed was orange and white but it was a awful long time ago.

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yes with a mercury 200 xr and a delaminating hull
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Cracking thread fellas, keep it up It's like reading Boys Own
We should ask Barry how he towed about 6 tonnes of 30ft twin diesel inboard rib up Birdlip Hill, nr Gloucester with a very early 3.5 Range Rover in 1993

It was glowing a bit when it later arrived at Hamble Point.

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you should hear the stories after a beer or two the wave get bigger
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you should hear the stories after a beer or two the wave get bigger
There was also the incident with the hotel dining room table in Ullapool which ended up on board a rib, belonging to Charles Dyas called Delta Dawn I think.

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