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Old 15 October 2013, 11:13   #1
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Russian Rib Incident - Bad.

A racing yacht called Esmit Europa is sponsored by Russian company GAZPROM. The ethics of this company are being investigated by Greenpeace. At the start of a recent yacht race a Greenpeace Rib intervened and got in the way of the Russian sponsored yacht. The yacht's support Rib intervened and "warned the Greenpeace Rib off".

I enclose a picture of the incident which rightly has caused a good deal of comment around the world. (including funnies like never take a rubber boat to a knife fight)

Here is a pic of the yacht
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Old 15 October 2013, 11:34   #2
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Threatening to slash someone's tubes, as appears to be happening here, isn't a good thing but it hardly seems like a big surprise. What sort of reaction would you expect the protesters to get?
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A racing yacht called Esmit Europa is sponsored by Russian company GAZPROM. The ethics of this company are being investigated by Greenpeace. At the start of a recent yacht race a Greenpeace Rib intervened and got in the way of the Russian sponsored yacht. The yacht's support Rib intervened and "warned the Greenpeace Rib off".

I enclose a picture of the incident which rightly has caused a good deal of comment around the world. (including funnies like never take a rubber boat to a knife fight)

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wrong forum, should have started it off in the bilges, it'll save confusion later
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Threatening to slash someone's tubes, as appears to be happening here, isn't a good thing but it hardly seems like a big surprise. What sort of reaction would you expect the protesters to get?
Depends on your point of view - does having a moral objection to a yacht's sponsor justify using a rib to disrupt a yacht race?
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Maybe the RN chap at cowes week had a moral issue with the tanker.....that'd get him off?
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Depends on your point of view - does having a moral objection to a yacht's sponsor justify using a rib to disrupt a yacht race?
The Greenpeace crew would appear to think so, but the race team would appear to disagree.

Whatever your point of view, it should be fairly obvious that the disruption is unlikely to be well received. I suspect that the Greenpeace activists are delighted by the outcome as here we are, discussing their protest!
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so what does the next picture show? where is a picture of the greenpeace rib with slashed tubes?

Greenpeace are not shy in promoting themselves and the actions of others against them. i would guess the rib was not damage and this is a great photo opportunity.....
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Looks like a load of bull look at the photo the black rope looks photo shopped as dose the knife, something not right about that photo to me!
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Maybe the RN chap at cowes week had a moral issue with the tanker.....that'd get him off?
Your comment is exactly what I was thinking!!

Press release now posted by Esimit Europa / Gazprom:

Esimit Europa is very sorry that the 45th Barcolana regatta was hurt by the events, that took place on the second buoy and later on at the original finish line. We felt endangered. Our goal was only to provide our guests and staff a safe passage to the harbour. We would also like to thank the Italian police authorities and the Guardia di Finanza for their intervention at protecting the sailing field of the Esimit Europa 2 yacht and contribution to its safe passage towards the harbour.
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seems like a poor choice of protest venue for Greenpeace. I don't think it will get GP much sympathy. If they are choosing the protest the ethics of an oil company I don't think you can differentiate much between any of them in any country. also if they want to hurt an oil company they should be using the sailboat instead of buying their gas for a big RIB...
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