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Old 23 May 2013, 08:14   #31
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Yep, Experienced all of the above...... (thankfully in open water)

One time in the dim & distant the bloke on the Yacht I was towing (at about 6 knots) didn't notice the gentle gust of wind, and went from a good 20M behind to on top of us in a matter of seconds - catching my transom (near miss - a foot to the right & he'd have been on top off us) & spinning me round I was dragged backwards by his momentum until his crew un- cleated me. (by this point we were both perched on the bow of the rib to try & keep the transom as far up as possible & cwondering why we didn't step aboard the yacht on it's way past!)

I now have a remote release rope / snap shackle arrangement on my tow bridle!

Slight tangent to the thread, but illustrates the "boat behind" point nicely. - and never assume anything!
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Old 23 May 2013, 08:42   #32
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One of my personal bugbears is when people get so close that I can't do a crash stop or emergency course change if I see something in the water in either direction without going over them.

Ask yourself this. If I hit something or hook and the boat changes course suddenly, am I going to go over the top of the nearest boat?
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So presumably this contravenes all the rules! Watch from 1.45 then see how close the Redbay 11m has suddenly got at 2:17

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Old 23 May 2013, 09:00   #34
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Geek alert!

If we get 40 plus ribs on the water and run at 25 knots, with a 10 second gap between boats, line astern we'd stretch almost 4 miles.

Running 4 abreast we'll still be almost a mile long.
This is going to take a great deal of care and everyone focussing.

We might even have to think about running order. With big boats at the front there is going to be one hell of a lot of wake for the little guys to plough through if they run behind.

And if the latest forecast of F3/4 winds its going to be interesting
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What about staggering the start? Say 3-4 boats at a time with a good gap between them and the next group?
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What about staggering the start? Say 3-4 boats at a time with a good gap between them and the next group?
I'm sure everyone will sort themselves out. We had what 30? round Anglesey without too much drama. ....
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What about staggering the start? Say 3-4 boats at a time with a good gap between them and the next group?
Hmmm I am free spirit dude!
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Old 23 May 2013, 14:02   #38
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Good advice Whisper,
As as RIB cruise novice, it sounds eminently sensible.
I'd add one more thing - don't push yourself / boat to keep up, helm within your boat's - and your capabilities, don't feel pressured.
Ok i wont, So Whisper dont make me Jump waves ok?
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I s'pose this is out then

PS before anyone mentions the VHF antenna, I know, 'taint mine
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Ok i wont, So Whisper dont make me Jump waves ok?
He won't see. .he'll be texting...
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