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Old 01 May 2002, 17:29   #11
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Havent received my RIBLINEs yet - probably sent out in seniority order - Ill get mine by Christmas

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Old 01 May 2002, 17:51   #12
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SW Cruise was re-scheduled because the people who volunteered to run it have other commitments on June 15/16.

Yes it clashes with RIBEX. However spare weekends are at a premium and there was a large gap in May which is also the time of year we ran the event last year.

Apologies ref. RIBEX but you seem to have plans for an event for likeminded souls well in hand.

Website event calendar. Good point. Will try and get that updated.

Funny, I always thought RIBLINES was mailed out by surname order as I always seemed to get mine last. Perhaps they've started Z this time instead of A!

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Old 01 May 2002, 17:54   #13
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I guess you mean that the organisers of the SW cruise have some new commitments come up - I guess when they volunteered for that weekend they must have been free?

You mentioned there being a big hole in May, but doesnt this mean a big hole in June now?

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Old 01 May 2002, 18:02   #14
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Yeah family commitments are a bitch and you don't always know about them when putting together a draft cruising programme 6 months in advance.

Yes we do have a gap in mid June now. Would you like to volunteer to run an event? You seem vocal enough on the subject!
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Old 01 May 2002, 18:07   #15
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Unfortunatley many of the people I cruise with are non-BIBOA members, so therefore are not welcome on BIBOA cruises. Therefore it wouldnt be appropriate for me to organise such an event, as I would not want to exclude people who I enjoy Ribbing with.

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Old 01 May 2002, 19:16   #16
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Graeme,

As and when your BIBOA magazine arrives you will see that this coming weekend the RIBEX ( that is Rigid Boat Expeditions ) cruise to St Vaast has an open invitation to BIBOA members, even though it is not a BIBOA event.

RIBEX, not to be confused with the soon to happen event, was one of the original RIB clubs that extended the bounds of our small boats back in the late 70ís. In my experience the main thing about ribbing is about sharing a beer once you get there and talk about getting there.

It seems a shame that there has been a few threads containing messages suggesting there is a BIBOA and a non-BIBOA rib sections ( not aimed at anyone ). This has been the downfall of many minority sports ( for which BIBOA committee has been instrumental in moving our passion forward) and for one I would encourage you to organize such an event as I have noticed your enthusiasm in this area.

Make it an open event and ask Alan to put a few lines in RibLines inviting anyone. If the benefits of joining BIOBA are good enough then hopefully more people will join.

Personally I would like to use my RIB more than I do and donít care who I cruise with as we all seem to have the same enjoyment.

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Old 01 May 2002, 19:35   #17
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Personally I would like to use my RIB more than I do and donít care who I cruise with as we all seem to have the same enjoyment.

Exactly! - and I'm sure Graeme dosn't mind who joins him/us on any forthcoming trip!

Through the power of this forum we have already had a number of almost spontanious outings - The Thames trip, Spirit of Cardiff Send-off that were supported by BIBOA members and non-members.

Later in the year maybe I could organise a Bristol Channel trip for BIBOA - the question is would non-BIBOA members be "allowed" to tag along?

Lets work together on this to try and increase the BIBOA membership - this should benefit us all! - How about "Day Membership"? - covered by BIBOA insurance (is that the issue?) - no magazine etc.

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Old 01 May 2002, 20:19   #18
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The whole point of the 'cruises' that are 'advertsed' on this forum are simply to get like minded people together - sometimes at short notice, sometimes to celebrate particular events, to have some fun and enjoy their hobby.

In no way was this ever meant to be a BIBOA Vs Non-BIBOA contest - if anything it is a supplement to the BIBOA cruising calendar.

However, naturally you will get people interested in these type of unofficial events who are not members of BIBOA - where unfortuntely it cannot be the other way around - as BIBOA do not (As I understand it) allow non - members to attend their cruises - due I believe to insurance problems.

Jools' suggestion of a 'day insurance' scheme sounds good - and I wonder if Alan, or someone else from BIBOA, could check on the possibility of this.

Anyway - lets hope we can carry on organising some impromptu events, as well as joining in on the excellent BIBOA cruises if we choose

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Guys,

Dont take any of this to be negative or sarky' but-

1/What exactly does the Biboa insurance Cover?

2/As an inflatable boat club, what cruise's are organised for sibs and smaller ribs?

3/Dates - how are these arranged and are they planned with other RIB events - Ie Spirit Of Cardiff Weekend & RIBEX weekend

Please dont take any of the above the wrong way - my reasons are personal for not joining BIBOA mainly because of my limitation with the salty sea dog (Beau) & and the main point of going ribbing to relax, explore, adventure & not just follow the boat in front of me. Thats exactly what I enjoy about Ribbing with my small group of ribby freinds - we do our own thing !!!
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Guys thanks for your comments. I have also exchanged a few emails with Graeme on the subject who has made some further helpful suggestions. I will take them back to the committee and endeavour to come up with a solution to the problem & a clarification of the insurance issue. Mark makes a good point with reference to the RIBEX (the RIB club as opposed to the show) cruise. This is advertised in RIBLINES but is not a specific BIBOA event although BIBOA members attend. Perhaps this is the way forward - make the cruises "rib.net" cruises open to all to tag along and also publiicise in RIBLINES.

The strength of this medium is that it is instant and interactive so changes of plan for whatever reason, short notice cruises etc can be communicated swiftly and easily. (Witness how Thames Cruise & SoC weekend grew so rapidly.) It is a distinct advantage over setting a cruise programme months in advance and only communicating it via a mailed magazine or a seldom updated website. In fact I've had a sneaking suspicion for sometime that informal cruising organised through mediums such as rib.net are the way forward

If I occasionally sound intemperate on BIBOA related subjects its probably because I'm the only committee member I know of that posts regularly on here and feel to an extent that critiscm of the club is also critiscm of me personally. But I know that that is not the case so I must learn to count to 10 before posting! (Anyway its all JK's fault it was through a discussion initiated through here that I decided to volunteer in the first place!)

Anyway, Now that the airs cleared slightly can we just all go ribbing

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