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Old 01 August 2013, 11:31   #451
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Is there a DVD being made of this event like there was for the RB4?
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Old 01 August 2013, 15:37   #452
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Well that was an exciting day........
Mike Thornton
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Brilliant update - thank you and respect to all of you -especially the smaller boats- for hanging in there. Commiserations to those forced to retire - especially Andy.

Here's what you might have hit if you were running thorugh Galway Bay earlier today!

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Old 01 August 2013, 15:45   #453
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pan pan now lifted, lifeboat escorts (those who took cover in Galway) into Fenit
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Old 01 August 2013, 15:54   #454
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1rib on toe by lifeboat and escorting 2 others back to Fenit
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Old 01 August 2013, 16:26   #455
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From the RI website, 5 hours ago, all other teams safely in Dingle and refuelling.


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Well another interesting tale for al you Ribsters. We left Lasscanor after fixing the engine on Top Cat . Gordon had to disconnect the power trim and tilt smart gauge (bloody technoliogy-computer said no) We had to play catch up get to the fuel bowser. We had a good run to the Dingle peninsula then the sh*t hit the fan. Have never drive a rib through a tornado before, we felt like a bit of fluf in a Dyson! When we were halfway along the top of the Dingle peninsula we were ordered by the coast-guard not to attempt rounding the headland so we sought shelter in a nice little bay with a sheltered sandy beach. We ran our anchor lines to the shore and the 3 Amigos Black Hawk, Top Cat & Option4 were lying nicely at anchor with an off-shore wind. There were no local facilities so it was Bivvy bags on the sand dunes ,at least the dunes didn't bounce around. We were very concerned to listen to the PanPan regarding three missing ribs ,we had told the coastguard where we were so we knew it wasn't us ,we had also phoned Michaela. We were very relieved with the successful outcome. When I was about to snuggle down in my Bivvy I was approached by a walker who wanted to know if we were part of the jelly-fish survey group, I said no just our wobbly legs!
When we awoke the wind had veered and the Delta was high and dry pushing her back into the water was fairly knackering. We sat off for Dingle this morning and were greeted by the local Dolphin and very welcome showers This is very exciting Ribbing ,at times on the edge but living live to the max - VIPERMAX

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Old 02 August 2013, 07:42   #457
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Well another interesting tale for al you Ribsters. We left Lasscanor after fixing the engine on Top Cat . Gordon had to disconnect the power trim and tilt smart gauge (bloody technoliogy-computer said no) We had to play catch up get to the fuel bowser. We had a good run to the Dingle peninsula then the sh*t hit the fan. Have never drive a rib through a tornado before, we felt like a bit of fluf in a Dyson! When we were halfway along the top of the Dingle peninsula we were ordered by the coast-guard not to attempt rounding the headland so we sought shelter in a nice little bay with a sheltered sandy beach. We ran our anchor lines to the shore and the 3 Amigos Black Hawk, Top Cat & Option4 were lying nicely at anchor with an off-shore wind. There were no local facilities so it was Bivvy bags on the sand dunes ,at least the dunes didn't bounce around. We were very concerned to listen to the PanPan regarding three missing ribs ,we had told the coastguard where we were so we knew it wasn't us ,we had also phoned Michaela. We were very relieved with the successful outcome. When I was about to snuggle down in my Bivvy I was approached by a walker who wanted to know if we were part of the jelly-fish survey group, I said no just our wobbly legs!
When we awoke the wind had veered and the Delta was high and dry pushing her back into the water was fairly knackering. We sat off for Dingle this morning and were greeted by the local Dolphin and very welcome showers This is very exciting Ribbing ,at times on the edge but living live to the max - VIPERMAX

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Old 02 August 2013, 10:51   #458
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Having entered RI13 with a known back issue it was perhaps always going to be questionable whether we would make the whole trip. I felt confident that I had prepared as much as possible but was also accepting that at some point my continued participation could be cut short.
Prior to our departure we have decided that we had entered as a team and would - should it come to it - retire as a team. In reality this is what happened as my back started to show the all too familiar signs following the long run from Bangor to Killibegs. After 30 years of 'managing' my back I reverted to my cocktail of painkillers/muscle relaxants and anti inflammatory pills and sure enough within 24hrs. was pretty much unable to walk. Such 'episodes' normally last about 4 days and today things are a little better.
Since being forced to retire I have been following the 'posts' and have been in touch with one or two via 'text'. Having had limited experience of such events it is hard not to overstate the sense of bonding and camaraderie that such challenges evoke - and in a very short period of time. The sense of disappointment and very real emotion when stood on the quayside at Killybegs watching the others leave was not something I expected and hard to explain.
The conditions since Killybegs have clearly tested each and everyone but the determination of the surviving crews will hopefully see the 'challenge' completed.
For our part we are now back in the midlands having completed a different 'challenge'. Over the last three days we have got ourselves back form Killybegs , down to Neyland (to collect Land Rover and trailer) before returning to Killybegs , collecting MASH II and then driving back through Ireland and then ferry to Holyhead then home !
Would we do it again ? Most definitely and without a second thought. My back will always be a concern on such adventures and having experienced the generosity of others to 'skipper' the boat while I recovered this is an alternative I had not counted on but one which in future I would take every time.
Since this adventure began my children have been following the event on the various mediums available. My youngest daughter's favourites are Mo and Hannah and their 'fantastic pink boat' ! In her words - 'girl power !'
For me the whole event has been a real experience - right down to the logistics of collecting MASH from Killybegs.
Each and every team has done incredibly well to get as far as they have - and in such testing conditions. Every day now the list of casualties increases but hopefully all the participants have taken positives from the experience - and those still 'running' will complete this awesome event.
Undoubtably the highlights for me were the people I met. Hugo's organisation (and Michaela's) was spot on. Paul and Dai (Freya ?) and Paul (Top Hat) were huge sources of encouragement and support. Huw and Sarah (Seawolf) provided superb support to the aforementioned safety boats and I want Huw's ICE suspension unit !!! Failing that Linley's will do ! Gilles (Kalish) , Jurgen (Searider), Peter and Cheryl (Mad Tubes) along with Trevor and Richard (Baby Blue ) and Mike (Hot Lemon) were all cruising companions at some time or another and although - due to size - we did not see too much of the smaller boats crews on the water everyone mucked in and added to the atmosphere.
A speciaL thanks -for me - must go to the 3 ribs from 'the north' - Option 4 (Terry and Alan) , Top Cat (Gordon Wayne and Gary) and Black Hawk (Mike and Ross) who 'adopted' us and allowed us to 'run' with them. As has been alluded to elsewhere they are some of the most resourceful and capable ribsters you will come across.
Hopefully I can keep in touch with some and who knows maybe 'cruise' again with some.
Hugo - sincere thanks.

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Old 02 August 2013, 12:02   #460
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Anyone have an ETA and ETD for the boats in Crosshaven, Cork?
It sounds from Mike's update the schedule may be a day behind at this point. A mere hiccup given the weather lately but at least the forecast looks like it'll from astern across the South Coast. Heroic stuff!
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