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Old 05 January 2005, 19:26   #1
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Round UK RIB record attempt

Marcus Gladwell is planning a trip around the the British coast and hopes to set a new record for doing it in the fastest time. He says it will take a week of 13 hour days, and will start from Southwold harbour on May 12th. He'll be doing it in his boat - the Coastal Voyager (9m Cobra(?) RIB with twin Mercury 200 optis). He will use 6000 litres of petrol on his trip, and hopes to raise more than 100,000 for charity.

Good luck to him!

Related website: http://www.coastalvoyager.co.uk/index.php
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Old 06 January 2005, 01:22   #2
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Good luck to him, but the current record stands at just over 33 hours so it's going to take some beating!

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Old 06 January 2005, 02:15   #3
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Whatever about the record...

Hope he enjoys it, does well and raises those funds and awareness for his charity.

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Good luck

We looked at doing this in a rather nice, custom built Shakespeare 9+ metre rib with a pair of Suzi 250's this year. Got a bit "dis-heartened" when we saw that we would have been somewhat over shadowed by a well-heeled attempt in something considerably faster... bummer... oh, well, we might just get the boat built for pleasure use, if things look good this year..
Makes yer eyes water when you calculate how much fuel you'll need to carry/burn...Ouch! we worked on about 6,500 quids worth of yer finest un-leaded.....
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Mmm......33 hours you say.

Thats most odd; I make his trip about 91 hours which as you say is miles away from a record attempt.

I take it your 33 hours is for a RIB.....?
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Old 06 January 2005, 05:00   #6
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Marcus Gladwell is planning a trip around the the British coast and hopes to set a new record for doing it in the fastest time.
Tim, the title of your thread reads 'Round UK RIB record attempt' but the body of your text reads 'a trip around the British coast'. Is this where the confusion over record times has come from? Round UK presumably means a trip round Britain (England, Scotland, Wales) AND Northern Ireland? As JK says, the current world record for circumnavigating Britain in a boat under 30 ft is 33hrs 11mins 4secs, set by Neil McGrigor, Tony Jenvey & Simon Rogers in a twin Yanmar powered Revenger. I have no idea what the record is for circumnavigating the UK, or even if there is an official record! Maybe this could be clarified by someone?

Anway, best of luck to him - it will still be a great achievement. Please keep us updated of his progress once his record attempt begins.
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Old 06 January 2005, 05:05   #7
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Indeed Louise; the tittle should read Britain not UK (my mistake!)

Therefore this 33hours thing stands.

I've emailed Mr Gladwell and we shall see what he says.....
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7 days at 13 hours per day?
Cost 6000?

Something not quite right here.
As the distance is less than 1800nmiles thats an average speed of about 20 knots?
At 1/ltr thats 6000 litres. Over 3litres/mile or say 1.6ltres/mile/engine-seems very high?
Finally, if you use a diesel boat (and I have done this twice now) the total fuel cost is well under 900 total, so you could give an extra 5000 plus to your charity.
Or, as is usual, have I got all the above completely wrong?

Bloody good fun though.
Thoroughly recommend it.
Good luck Marcus.
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7 days, and 1400nmiles were the figures he quoted......

But if you dont own a diesal boat.....!

Otherwise yes you are correct!
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I have just looked up the actual RB4 figures for 2001.
Unfortunately I cant get the tabbing to work very well. But bottom line, the as-the-seagull-flies distance was 1534nmiles. This is straight-line. By the time you go up and down and left and right, it it further than this. Anyway this was our rough route that year for what it is worth.

Day Route Distance Cumulative

1 Plymouth-Newlyn-Milford Haven 187.29 187.29
2 Milford Haven-Isle of Man-Bangor (N.I.) 214.07 401.36
3 Bangor-Oban (Penguin Divers)-Kyle of Lochalsh 188.14 589.5
4 Kyle of Lochalsh-Scrabster-Peterhead 242.23 831.73
5 Peterhead-Whitby 193.25 1024.98
6 Whitby-Wells-next-the-Sea 109.74 1134.72
7 Wells-next-the-Sea-Ramsgate 132.42 1267.14
8 Ramsgate-Southampton 131.62 1398.76
9 Southampton-Yarmouth-Salcombe-Plymouth 136.08 1534.84
Total 1534.84
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