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Old 01 April 2002, 11:45   #1
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SoC Send off - a Tribute

With apologies to William Shakespear (he's dead anyway so he can't sue me!).

WE WERE THERE (Henry V act 4)

The scene: Just inside Cardiff Barrage lock, a group of hardy RIBsters and a little (the boat not the owner) Sibster, gather having returned from the SoC send off flotilla. They bob up and down gathered round the SIB named ‘Quicksilver’. A ruddy faced SIBster stands in his boat and addresses the crews on the waiting RIBs.

This day is called 'Spirit of Cardiff' Send off Day:
He that outlives this day and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named,
And rouse him at the name of 'Spirit of Cardiff'.
He that shall live this day and see old age,
Will yearly on this vigil feast his neighbours,
And say, 'To-morrow is Spirit of Cardiff Day:'
Then he will strip his RIB and show it's scars,
And say 'This damage I had on Spirit's Day.'
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day, Then shall our RIBs names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words,
Alan P the King, Clive Tully, Alan Carter and Steve Lloyd
Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered
This story shall good men teach his son;
And Spirit day shall nere go by,
From this day to the ending of the World,
Be we in it shall be remembered;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood and fuel with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’re so vile
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in RIBNET, now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That sailed with us upon ‘Spirit Send off Day’.

The RIBS and SIB turn towards the Cardiff Bay Yacht Club and blast into the distance!

Keith (it was really Christopher Marlowe) Hart
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Old 01 April 2002, 13:02   #2
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Keith
that is brill
I am going to print that and take to the guys in GIB to take with them.
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Old 03 April 2002, 10:39   #3
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Nice verse Keith!
Sorry about not staying with you on Sunday, but got caught up in the excitement of chasing SOC! Was probably the smallest boat playing with all the big boats!! Nearly got got run-down by the RNLI boat
Also I picked up your flag from POB to give back to you when I got into the Sailing Club... but as you know, I ended up being stranded on an island for 4.5 hours!! PM me you address and I will post it.
Cheers for a great weekend to everyone involved!!
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Old 03 April 2002, 10:46   #4
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Hi Andy

I forgot about the flag (skull and crossbones).

We were wondering what happened to you. Graeme, Sian, Bill and me were comming out to POB when Graeme's prob hit bottom so we had to go back.

So, what's all this about being stranded for 4.5 hours?

Please tell all......

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Old 03 April 2002, 11:04   #5
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Ah, the island saga....
You remember Jools mentioned using the POB as a base and going to the island with the very friendly bunny rabbits as there are no preditors??? Well Cherie wanted to talk to the the Bunnies! So off we went, landed on a particularly rocky beach. I put down an anchor so the boat was just afloat and Cherie went to find someone to enquire if there was a proper jetty/landing area anywhere. I realised she had no cash on her and there was a £3 each landing fee, so chased her up the beach with some money, not realising just how fast the tide was moving. Got back to the boat after about 5 mins and the boat was nearly on the mega rocky beach, just got it afloat again and saw some rocks had popped out of the water behind the boat so coiuld not get back out to sea. And this was about 2.5 hours before low tide of that lovely mega-low tide.
It turned out the island was deserted, so we spent the next 4.5 hours walking round the island. Explored the lighthouse (well outside of it) and fog horn buildings. The field centre was well locked up (Cherie wanted to break in to use the toilet!!). We talked to lots of bunnies and sheep and sea-gulls...
Finally got afloat at just before 6 and made the 6.15 slot through the barrage. Was a bit concerned about the 5 mile sprint from the island to the barrage, but we managed 25mph as the sea was so flat and luckily had it way-pointed in GPS as weather got a tad misty-drizly. Got back to club just after 6.30 and were all alone...
I suppose we were quite lucky, could have gone really pear shaped being stuck out there by ourselves. But at least I had confidence that POB was in the location until 19.00hrs and we had good kit (ie spare clothes, food, drink, marineband, gps, phone [all with spare batteries], flares and fog-horn).
As we say say in Scouts "Be Prepared" and I'm glad we were!!
Cheers,
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HELLO! MY FIRST REPLY EVER ON RIBNET!!! hehehehe!

Hey people

Shall we say, it was actually me who was talking to sheep and chickens - i fed the chickens, got andrew an egg (who was very ungrateful that i got him a proper warm fresh egg on easter sunday. i risked my life to get that egg, and what did he do? left it there as he didn't want it ))

So, there i was talking to sheep, and i even had them eating out of my hands and letting me stroke their noses, after about 3 hours of trying! I'm sure it was only because andrew had buggered off by this point

This is about all I have to say on the matter for now, except does anyone have Steve's number, so I can give it to Andrew to phone him about the tornado!!!
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Hi Cherie

I have Steves numbers - if you want to PM me Ill let you have them

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NOooooooooooo
Please don't give her Steve's number!!!


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Sorry, but as a gentleman if a lady asks for it I have to give it to her

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Ah, adventure on the high seas.

Now I wonder, did any one who went to the SoC send off have an incident free time?

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