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Old 23 July 2013, 17:56   #301
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The two ribeye 600's will look good together
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Old 23 July 2013, 18:13   #302
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Old 23 July 2013, 18:44   #303
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Our team has been up until the early hours for a few nights now and dealing with many small issues, but it always the same when taking on such a distance in a boat.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who's been spending a few long nights getting the "small jobs" done to prep the boat - they take forever!

Still - all done now and just finished packing, so off tomorrow morning to head to Wales for a last shake down on Baby Blue on Thursday before Friday's start.

The extra fuel charge has been a bit of a pain - but I've put too many hours (and £'s) into getting ready for this to drop out now.

See you all in a day or so!

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I'm glad I'm not the only one who's been spending a few long nights getting the "small jobs" done to prep the boat - they take forever!

Still - all done now and just finished packing, so off tomorrow morning to head to Wales for a last shake down on Baby Blue on Thursday before Friday's start.

The extra fuel charge has been a bit of a pain - but I've put too many hours (and £'s) into getting ready for this to drop out now.

See you all in a day or so!

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Good luck Trev & Rick! Take good care of baby blue
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Old 23 July 2013, 19:16   #305
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so am here in Riga with work, rueing the "little jobs" that still need doing on the Rib
and envying all of you who had a more relaxed pre event schedule.
On Thursday I must take two flights to get back to Newcastle (arriving 12.30 pm),
pick up stuff from my house, drive to the boat storage,
spend an hour housekeeping and attempting to stow what I need on a boat with little stowage.
I have the few niggling jobs I must finish on the boat, and then hook up,
and set off on the 422 mile drive to Milford Haven !
I think if I am lucky and dont hit too much traffic, I can get in by 11.30 pm.
I know our Belgian and German friends are looking at even further to drive,
but they have set off already!
I was planning on launching around 9.00 am the next day,
and was hoping some fellow competitior could drop me back at the slipway
to collect my car and trailer after I bring the Rib over to the marina.
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Old 24 July 2013, 00:03   #307
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Could someone please post Hugo's latest bulletin in full text. For some reason it hasn't reached us yet. Not the first time this has happened. We will be starting our 600 mile drive from Germany to Pembrokeshire tomorrow morning at 06:00 CET regardless. C u all in Wales on Friday. Joachim.Team 15.
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Joachim
here it is....

To all teams,

We have been working with the Donegal Fuel Company over the past several weeks to come to a solution on the cost of the service they are providing for the challenge teams.

In order to comply with the wishes of the authorities who will not permit mass fuel movement and mass boat refueling by cans etc, we have had no alternative but to employ a qualified provider to supply fuel throughout the event. The refueling service provided the Donegal Fuel Company includes the provision of an articulated fuel tanker, 3 tonne pump truck, complete with additional means of fuel transfer, oil spillage equipment, including booms etc, plus a dedicated fully trained 2-man motorsport refueling team.

There is an upside and downside. The Upside is that without securing this service, the event could not take place, and that the fuel litre price will be current pump price, not inflated marina fuel prices. The Downside is that the refueling service costs £11,500 + vat, this may seem costly but in reality this is immensely good value per team. Firstly the DFC were the only fuel company who were even prepared to provide this service to the remote stops, and the only company to possess the expertise required to fuel at the quayside, they are providing a Gold Star service which will not only meet all Health & Safety requirements imposed upon us by the harbour authorities, but will also be an effective means of refueling the boats quickly and efficiently.

The DFC have looked at two options of charging for their fee, 1) adding a surcharge to every litre bought to cover the surcharge, or 2) divide the service charge equally between all teams.

Whilst Option 1) may seem a good option, it is rife with potential problems where the litreage usage may exceed the estimate which would result in an overpayment of service charge which would then need to be proportionately refunded to teams which would be a very complicated task to ensure the correct refunds were given, conversely if less fuel was used, it may result in a shortfall.

Therefore in discussion with DFC, the agreement has been made that the fuel supplied is at current Ireland pump price including VAT:
1.63 Euro per litre = £1.33 per litre (currently here in UK pump price is between £1.37 - £1.39)
0.93 Euro per litre = £0.80 per litre (currently here in UK pump price is between £1.35 - £1.55)

So teams will not be paying for inflated marina fuel prices and will be paying less than in the UK.

Option 2) divides the service charge equally between all teams. We have had a couple teams drop out in the last couple of weeks due to work commitments, a back injury and boat problems, so the total firm entries are 27 boats, making the fee per team £425+vat.

We are sorry that this fee is unavoidable and notification of it is late in the day, but we have been working all this time to find the best solution. Also please bear in mind that the means by which this service charge is covered has been dependent on how many final entries we have for the event and the quantities required.

Arthur McMahon of DFC will today be contacting all teams, and replying to your emails, he requires settlement of the service fee and pre-authorisation of team’s cards prior to supply of fuel.

If you have any questions regarding this please call Hugo on 01884 266100 or email hms@powerboatandrib.com

All the very best
Michaela
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I have been giving it some thought, too far down the line to
miss out for the sake of £500.00 so will be there on Friday morning
as planned. I just adjusted my thinking to say this represents an increase in the fuel price on what I will need from the tanker, to approx £2.13 per litre (the way fuel prices are going we will be paying this at the pump in 3 years time!!)
and this service charge just represents a "deposit" on the fuel I will need.
Mentally thats easier for me to process.
I appreciate HMS wanting to make this an "everyman" event, hand in hand with that go brave souls with everyman budgets, organising camping (in Ireland) because thats what they can afford, and where this service charge represents a significant outlay. Its a blow to find out about it this late in the day, but am sure we would have been told earlier
if it had been possible, and am sure this is the only realistic way to replenish the 27 boats taking part.
Time to move forward, no point in whingeing now, life's about choices, I choose to be there and start on Friday.
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I have been giving it some thought, too far down the line to
miss out for the sake of £500.00 so will be there on Friday morning
as planned. I just adjusted my thinking to say this represents an increase in the fuel price on what I will need from the tanker, to approx £2.13 per litre (the way fuel prices are going we will be paying this at the pump in 3 years time!!)
and this service charge just represents a "deposit" on the fuel I will need.
Mentally thats easier for me to process.
I appreciate HMS wanting to make this an "everyman" event, hand in hand with that go brave souls with everyman budgets, organising camping (in Ireland) because thats what they can afford, and where this service charge represents a significant outlay. Its a blow to find out about it this late in the day, but am sure we would have been told earlier
if it had been possible, and am sure this is the only realistic way to replenish the 27 boats taking part.
Time to move forward, no point in whingeing now, life's about choices, I choose to be there and start on Friday.
Yep - us too, we (MadTubes) are in!
Too much time and dosh already invested at this stage (a great wee night doing a final sea trial last night helped), plus almost £500 already raised to date for our charity. We do recognise the issues and the effort put into resolve them, and whilst it might eat slightly into the 'Guinness' budget, we will pay today, move on and join you all on Friday for the experience of a lifetime. Bring on the craic!
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