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Old 03 August 2013, 09:43   #481
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As for daily feedback from the teams - it is really difficult . Most of time we are leaving early morning and sometimes even without breakfast . the group with the small boats cannot keep up the speed with the larger boats - so when we are arriving at the port it is already late and everybody still has to refuel and starts then to look for B&B and something to eat .
There is not even enough time to look after the boats properly .
So far the longest day at sea was more than 13 hours when we went around the north coast .
Another 12 hours day at sea we had when we were on the way to Fenit .
Only with the help of Top Hat we arrived after 11.00pm in the dark safely at the Harbour .
Tomorrow will be another long and hard day and I hope we will really make it to Kilmore Quay !
Think when everybody is back home the guys are coming back here with there stories and there's a lot to tell !
I am extremely pleased with the team spirit and the camaraderie between the teams !
What makes me and the other teams of the group with small boats feel very safe is the permanent presence of P.Glatzel with Top Hat at the sea next to us or behind us .
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Old 03 August 2013, 17:30   #482
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We hope to have an early start tomorrow for Crosshaven via the Skelligs. The intention is then to go straight to Milford Haven ,missing out Kilmore Quay. The forecast is fair.After the event I will try to post a honest appraisal of boat and kit
We are not sponsored so we will tell as we find as we say in Lancashire
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Old 03 August 2013, 18:01   #483
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Tuning-in to read the unfolding 'story' - brilliant!
Keep safe guys!
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Old 03 August 2013, 18:26   #484
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Merlin officially retired

In a mad cap 30 hours, I travelled to Crosshaven from Dingle with help from the Suzuki boys - thanks fellas, took a very expensive cab ride from Crosshaven to Rosslare, boarded the 20.45 ferry to Pembroke Dock - with Team Oban, arriving at 1.00 am Sat morning, had the car hitched to the trailer by 01.30 am and back on the ferry to Rosslare leaving at 02.45 am. Landed at 7.00 am and drove to Dingle (any further west it would be in Manhattan), loaded up Merlin then drove back to Rosslare and made the 20.45 sailing to Pembroke, then the slog up to Newcastle yet to come.
All achieved with the aid of Tramadol and Muscle relaxants

Sadly when up on the trailer in Dingle, it was all too apparent that the stainless under floor tank on Merlin is split, so if not for my back, this would also be cause for retirement. Quite a pain getting this repair done I think, but maybe time for suspension seats !

Altogether a brilliant event made so by the calibre of people taking part. It was a privilege for me to boat with them and I maybe more than anyone , had the sharpest learning curve over the last 8 days, so lots to digest post event.
Sorry if this has all seemed a little disjointed, but its been hard to manage sleep and have time to write...(I don't know how Paul G does it ...he is a machine!) and for everyone who has rescued me, helped me, looked out for me, encouraged me or cared, I am extremely grateful. Thanks
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Old 03 August 2013, 18:41   #485
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Guys - please dont feel we are criticising any of you for disjointed posts. I think I was just expecting a more media driven machine! You don't expect the drivers at the end of a F1 race to park up and rush off to blog what happened... But someone in the back office of Formula 1 makes sure Bernie Eccleston's media machine is working to keep sponsors happy. I know this isn't a race - but it was billed as the biggest Rib Gatehring in Europe so maybe I expected the biggest Media Frenzy in Europe!

Its not even a lack of info but the fact that there are so many places to look and try to piece it together... here... RI13 website (maybe not!)... twitter... RI13 facebook... suzuki's blog... andy's blog(thanks to andy for posting that here too)... linleyswan facebook... various people posting on fbook need you to log in to see things... AIS data... yellow brick if I'd ever found LSwan's data and if it ever worked...! (Not the best advert for a tracking system!!)

I dont work in media but I think I could get a better media pressence which would make it easier for people to get sponsors in future etc.

Well done with your charity fund rasing by the way 3k is not bad for 8 days work! Again more media pressence might have increased charitable contributions (although clearly you are friends with the right people... some of those donations were VERY generous!!!)
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Old 03 August 2013, 18:41   #486
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Much respect Mustrib. You certainly have had one hell of a challenge over the last week.
I felt sorry for you privateer guys in the small ribs when u landed in killybegs. I think that was the leg things started to go pear shaped. A very long leg in dire conditions.
Then followed with little rest to do it all again.
An epic challenge for privateer ribbers.
Well done to u all.
Hope ur back sorts itself out. Im a fellow suffer and dont think my back would have held up either.
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In a mad cap 30 hours, I travelled to Crosshaven from Dingle with help from the Suzuki boys - thanks fellas, took a very expensive cab ride from Crosshaven to Rosslare, boarded the 20.45 ferry to Pembroke Dock - with Team Oban, arriving at 1.00 am Sat morning, had the car hitched to the trailer by 01.30 am and back on the ferry to Rosslare leaving at 02.45 am. Landed at 7.00 am and drove to Dingle (any further west it would be in Manhattan), loaded up Merlin then drove back to Rosslare and made the 20.45 sailing to Pembroke, then the slog up to Newcastle yet to come.
All achieved with the aid of Tramadol and Muscle relaxants

Sadly when up on the trailer in Dingle, it was all too apparent that the stainless under floor tank on Merlin is split, so if not for my back, this would also be cause for retirement. Quite a pain getting this repair done I think, but maybe time for suspension seats !

Altogether a brilliant event made so by the calibre of people taking part. It was a privilege for me to boat with them and I maybe more than anyone , had the sharpest learning curve over the last 8 days, so lots to digest post event.
Sorry if this has all seemed a little disjointed, but its been hard to manage sleep and have time to write...(I don't know how Paul G does it ...he is a machine!) and for everyone who has rescued me, helped me, looked out for me, encouraged me or cared, I am extremely grateful. Thanks
Well done you

Thanks for keeping us updated, sorry to hear of your injuries and hope all is well soon

Don't stop posting though, any of you guys could write a book on what you experienced.

All the best,

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Ive greatly enjoyed the posts so far so keep them up, looking forward to the full write up on powerboat and rib. I have a lot of respect for all of you, it sounds a major undertaking and based on what ive read not something i would contenplate doing as i dont think my back, knees and other bits could take the hammerring, your all completely nuts but nuts in a good way. Wishing you better weather for the rest of the trip.

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