Originally Posted by TomLinley
I think it's very well organised and superb for people to be doing the easdale RIB rendezvous, with great numbers, in context I was referring to endurance challenges and longer events, hence mentioning venture cup and CTC, events that costs a considerable amount for the distances involved.
Tom, I don't doubt for a minute that both the organisation of the crews and the event are considerably more challenging for a Round Ireland than weekend in Easdale, or a RTI with Whisper - one of the main reasons being fuel! Whether bouncing over the Irish waves or hammering tent pegs into the Easdale car park is the greater challenge might be a matter for debate! I'm sure that the snoring would have been an endurance challenge!
I think the events you mention are "races" though, whereas I understood that the PBR RI was not a race. It fascinates me that human behaviour drives people to pay money to be dictated to by a series of rules that cost them more money to do something they can do free of charge any other day of the year.
However PBR has been billing this as "the biggest flotilla of ribs in Europe" for a while and I think its a bit naughty/misleading of them. You've fallen into the trap of repeating the rhetoric. I wish you, the PBR team and the rest of the crews all the best for the event.
What I am sure about is that anyone entering future events run by Power Boat and RIB will be reading the small print in detail next time to see if there is a risk that the costs will appear to double at the last minute. I love the way the marketing machine presents it as doing everyone a favour though rather than admitting it was a bit of a cock up in the planning!