TRU -BLU Plans for Round Ireland
Tru-Blu – Round Ireland Challenge 2013
Thought we would share some of our plans for the summer.
4.8m Ribcraft, 60hp, 50lt internal tanks.
1. We will be accompanied by our parents in a vehicle which will cross from Fishguard –Rosslare
2. Plan to take the trailer (and possibly the boat) across on ferry as planning to return to UK via N.Ireland to Scotland.
3 Hope to leave trailer in Kilmore Quay rather than tow around ;but it will also be on right side of water if mechanical problems or prolonged bad weather cause abandonment. (Hoping organisers can confirm storage options!)
4. We need to keep cost down, so camping is only suitable option. Camping also gives flexibility should weather prove a challenge. Hopefully with camping gear in vehicle we can set and break camp more conveniently. (Should anybody else need assistance with transportation of camping gear then that may be possible?)
5. Camping sites seem relatively sparse in Ireland and not a lot of obvious choice close to marinas, so if anybody can advise any locations that would be helpful. Wild camping is a possibility but after a day on the water the comfort of a decent shower etc. would be welcome). Have used Irish Tourist board site, and foreign section of, UK Campsite’s website for research.
6. Need more information from organisers on fuel logistics but if need be we will run jerry cans ,although I am sure transporting 50-60 litre + of unleaded might be an issue for police if they choose to make an issue of it! (any thoughts on this ).
7. Equipment. We are seeking to raise money for AYME a charity that helps young people with ME and have been able to secure some commercial sponsorship for some equipment. Need still to obtain a lightpole/nav lights, drysuits and windscreen. Organisers list of equipment suppliers a little sparse on offerings we feel.
8. Insurance. Our boat insurance (Navigator and General ) only covers us for 12 miles off shore ( anywhere round Europe). Is this common and does anybody have any views on how the middle of the irish sea crossing can be covered economically.