If you are saying that ribnet is a brilliant forum, then I agree with you. It has a very wide range of knowledgeable people from all walks of life including a number of interesting perspectives from people outside the UK.
For instance, I think your knowledge of long range and channel crossing is very interesting. I read an article in RIB Int. once about a smallish rib that crossed from the Scillies to Kinsale in Ireland, as part of a longer cruise. At the time I was considering making this passage but it was outside the range of my then boat. The article read something like "Left Scillies 09.00 arrived Kinsale 17.30, 146 miles, moored up and went to bed. Next day...."
How did you actually FEEL about this. What was it like? That is what I wanted to know.
On this forum you can ask such questions, either publically or via PMs and with the others permission, even talk to each other on the phone. I think this forum is GREAT !