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Old 01 November 2014, 12:53   #1
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Round Britain Diary

As promised...

I aways wanted to do it and when starting ribbing I watched this trailer several times over...



I'd already done round IOW, Alderney, Cherbourg, round Anglesey and the Scillies but I didn't think that round Britain would happen for me....

I had listened to tails from Biffer and Andre about their circumnavigation in 1999 and I was fascinated... I think Biff was the engine man, he stood all the way wedged between two 2 strokes. Legend!!!
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Old 01 November 2014, 13:06   #2
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It was Trevor G that picked up the challenge and we arranged the whole thing via email.

Bushrider needed a partner so we agreed to share the driving and all the costs and before I knew it, I was ordering kit and airing out my drysuit...

I was worried if I was fit enough for the challenge but I couldn't back out and let anyone down.
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On the 23rd July I meet up with Jurgen (Bushrider) at Biffers home.

Jurgens home is near Berlin Germany but he works in Kiev full time so he had to do all the preparation on his own and we used skype to plan our Round Britain trip...
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The weather was really warm and sunny and we spent the afternoon sorting out our kit and finding the best place to store it. Biff was on hand to giving us lots of advice.

This was the first time I had met Jurgen and within minutes of meeting we were making loads of decisions and planning every small detail..

Jurgen gave Biffer a bottle of Vodka? shaped like an AK47 assault riffle for his hospitality.

Jurgans 7m Vipermax was awesome, 2 x wideboy suspension Scott Seats and a 250 e-tec
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Later that night we dropped the boat in the water and then went to meet up with the other teams near the river Itchen...

Meanwhile at home my kids were already missing me but I had arranged for Mrs W to get a Map laminated so they could follow us round and could gauge how long it would be before I returned.
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I forgot to say that on the way to the slip we had a blow out on a trailer tyre so we had to change the wheel.

Both Jurgen and myself stayed over at biffers that night and we were told in the morning that we both snore... VERY LOUDLY
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Team Black Hawk ready to go, next to Duma a Shearwater Cutter This pic was taken on the River Hamble...

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This has to be one of my favourite pics...

Go Team Black Hawk
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A Facebook post from Mrs G...

Day 1
Black Hawk, Duma, Finn, Blue Ray, Kalish and Into the Red are mustering at the Hamble for a quick photoshoot and then they'll be OFF!
Picking up Watershed off Lymington and Sea Salt off Old Harry.
Planning a coffee stop at Weymouth (Portland marina) and then on to Plymouth for the night,
Might get caught in some light rain forecast this afternoon.
Picking up Excalibear in Plymouth, and I hear there is another RIB doing a similar route but not joining the group - Oli Frankish & co?
Have fun guys!.
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