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Old 03 August 2013, 07:17   #471
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"while the flock of Swans caught up by trailer"

I wonder if they knew the legend of Inishglora Island off the Mullet, Erris, County Mayo whilst passing?

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Agree totally with SS "for people from the outside trying to follow its all a bit disjointed"
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Old 03 August 2013, 07:27   #472
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Agree totally re the readability of the thread but its a consequence of everybody trying their hardest to keep it going. I too would have thought there would have been a 'live' feed to here seeing as was about Ribs!

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Old 03 August 2013, 07:58   #473
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No Jambo I wasn't criticising the thread (even when I was talking about flocking swans!). Just that with ~30 boats there are probably over 30 places any news is going. There is no way to follow the stories in one place. That probably means I've missed something. That might just be a nice story, a tale of stength in adversity or ir might be someone saying "this bit of kit" is really good or really bad. Thats what the sponsors want...

I'd have expected a daily report on the RI website. The best its got is a twitter feed. That'd be useful if (a) it was linked to a hashtag #RI13 and all boats updated with it and (b) it had anything more recent than the boats being in Galway. I'm startign to sound all negative which is terrible - I know its been tough out there, I know some of the places they've been probably have poor internet services.

It was more an observation! But perhaps I was also thinking for any future event how useful it would be to get some web stats from who followed the event etc. Imagine strolling up to a potential sponsor and they say "We probably don't want to donate that 500 Garmin because we wont get enough advertising from it" and you being able to say "10,000 people followed the event on line last time. If we had a Garmin we'd be talking about it in our blog posts and you'd be getting coverage of how tough your bit of kit is to 10,000 people half of whom own a rib" or whatever... instead you can say "Well I could post something on my facebook page about it but no-one reads it". I think being organised through a magazine I expected more media coverage...

SeaSwift / Highfield should be jumping at the media coverage opportunity... ...Paul's posted about them only having had to change a light bulb is pretty fantastic (although why they didn't spec LEDs is beyond me!!!!) I fully expect to be looking to buy a 4-5m rib in 3-5 years time. The X-pro was already on my list, now so is a Highfield. Both from the same supplier ;-) (Mine wont be pink!)

So much opportunity for engine information, speeds, fuel consumption etc.

I'll stop my rant - these guys are out there to have fun. I shouldn't be expecting them to be postign stuff up on the net for me! And maybe if you do because you are sponsored you end up looking for the possitives in everything (At least one post on fbook seemed to be determined to say the boat was great despite these technical faults because they were 3d party kit... ...they put that kit on their boat!)
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Agree totally with SS "for people from the outside trying to follow its all a bit disjointed"
Yes. It's not surprising though, as it is/was very confusing on the ground and each day brought a new challenge or three. I had the advantage of doing day on/day off between the Suzuki Redbay and driving the Land Rover and so saw a bigger picture than some. Most of the boats had no land support and the teams were under immense pressure. Time to blog is not there, even I was kept moving all the time. Suzuki managed to keep info flowing on their page but it was about their story - not the other boats. Paul and Hugo seem to have kept a good flow of information going.

From a sponsors point of view, the story can be told afterwards. I know that everyone there has a tale to tell and photos to show. Donegaldan and I will get our heads back in order and dig out the good footage over the next few days.
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I suppose the advantage of telling the story later is it means words can be thought about rather than posting "This XXXX [insert bit of kit provided by sponsor] is absolutely rubbish - glad I didn't buy it!"

Or posting "This XXXX is absolutely fantastic - every boat should have one" followed by a post the next day saying "Sadly the XXXX let us down and we are now parked on some rocks..."
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Yes. It's not surprising though, as it is/was very confusing on the ground and each day brought a new challenge or three. I had the advantage of doing day on/day off between the Suzuki Redbay and driving the Land Rover and so saw a bigger picture than some. Most of the boats had no land support and the teams were under immense pressure. Time to blog is not there, even I was kept moving all the time. Suzuki managed to keep info flowing on their page but it was about their story - not the other boats. Paul and Hugo seem to have kept a good flow of information going.

From a sponsors point of view, the story can be told afterwards. I know that everyone there has a tale to tell and photos to show. Donegaldan and I will get our heads back in order and dig out the good footage over the next few days.
I'd have expected more media hype from the magazine; perhaps having the editor and lead organiser on a jollyboard every day was not the best for comms. Given the support suzi have put in I am surprised they didn't insist on it.
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I suppose the advantage of telling the story later is it means words can be thought about rather than posting "This XXXX [insert bit of kit provided by sponsor] is absolutely rubbish - glad I didn't buy it!"

Or posting "This XXXX is absolutely fantastic - every boat should have one" followed by a post the next day saying "Sadly the XXXX let us down and we are now parked on some rocks..."
Perhaps, but I think that having driven for 12 hours offshore, very few people will want to start writing when they land. I'm amazed at Paul Glatzel's energy!

I saw and heard about many of the issues. Water ingress nailed a few, sea damage a few, fuel a lot. I didn't see much trouble with sponsored kit - some lekkie issues and that's about it.
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I'm amazed at Paul Glatzel's energy!

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Yes,Paul's input (writing/photo's) is very very impressive after such long days at sea.Played a major part on the net.
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From RI Facebook page, flotilla are still in Dingle due to weather conditions and small craft warning, leaving tomorrow at 6am to Crosshaven for fuel and lunch, then onto to Kilmore Quay, total 160 miles and only one day late.


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I suspect many wouldn't bother buying the mag if all details and pics where availble for free on the net.
Fair play to those that have made it this far, and those that havn't.
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