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Old 03 August 2004, 05:38   #61
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Really sorry to hear your bad news, still got great admiration for you for doing the challenge. May you get home safely.
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Old 03 August 2004, 05:39   #62
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Mark.... Spirit may not be recovered...Alan's words.

There were some comprehensive reports as you can see above. When I spoke to Alan I did not press him for details just wanted to know they were safe but he said enough to indicate it was a very serious situation.

Again, thank God they are safe. I'm sure the details will be analysed when they've all had rest. It must have been an awful night.

Thank you on their behalf for all the sincere and thoughtful comments made.
I'm sure they will appreciate them as will their loved ones, all of whom were successfully contacted during the night.

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Old 03 August 2004, 05:41   #63
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Alan Priddy do you thing you may have won some respect from the 23 year old sun bleached Yotty after this one!

Well don for handling the situation so well, this quote says it all!
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'Well-organised'

Mike Mulford, an RAF spokesman, said the crew had been well-organised despite the danger the yacht could sink at any moment.

He said: "They had all the equipment they needed, they had a beacon, they knew where they were and had communications.

"Although no-one wants to go through something like that, in many ways it was a text book operation."

A Coastguard spokesman praised the crew for remaining calm. "


Shirley the Spirit will stay afloat with those big tubes!
Whether anyone will fined it or want to go to the coast of salvaging it is anther thing!
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Old 03 August 2004, 05:44   #64
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Dreadful news, was mindeful of the good work the lads done this weekend, preping the boat, chasing an electricial problem,they were in good Spirits, I got a lot of laughs from Paul, it was an emotional time for them all, Alan had the gearbox changed from the circumnavigation around Ireland, and all their time was spent organising the boat, sea trialing and making it ready.Donagadee marina was a busy place this weekend as the lads focused on the trip, they left at 10.pm on the dot from the marina in good weather, we have got to take our hats off to them for their efforts and their planning, its a huge feat to take on especially in a rib,thank God all are well , at the end of the day boats come and go, but people dont , well done guys glad you are all safe
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Phew, that was close.
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Old 03 August 2004, 06:28   #66
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Just spoke to Kevin. (Aging Youth).

He says there was a big 'explosion' of water...'a wall of water'.
It was 'so quick'...a 'matter of seconds'.
He said it was 'a nightmare (he )will never forget'.
They all went into 'survival mode'...

He also said things are 'kicking in' as he is talking to people...and he is finding it difficult just at the moment.......

They have hotel accommodation sorted and grub...and face meeting media again during the day.

They will be in the area for at least another 24hrs before they can get on flights to Southampton.

(I'm putting the updates on here for friends and family of the crew because I am still in Ireland with intermittent mobile phone capacity...K).

Kevin says 'Thanks everyone on RIBnet for your support. I'll be back'.

Egbert says :Hi to the girls.xxx

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(I mentioned a few of your names & messages. Kev says thanks ...)
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Old 03 August 2004, 07:07   #67
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Terrible news

Hi All,

So sorry to hear the terrible news about The Spirit after such a wonderful weekend. My thoughts are with Alan and the crew today.

I was at Ribraid 2004 to take photographs for the web site and knew nothing about "Ribbing" before the weekend.

I really enjoyed the weekend and look forward to 2005.

The photos from Ribraid 2004 should be posted in the next couple of hours.

Thanks,

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I am back from Vestmannisland, flew out there last night and saw this news in the morning so there was only one thing to fly back.
Glad the recovery went succesfully. Best wishes to you all guys.

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I should think that the last thing they all want to do is re-live the experience. Thanks for keeping us up to date with the real world and not just the medias view.
Thanks also for reminding us of the family and friends who must also have had a rough night. My thoughts are with them as well.
I knew a number of people who were on the '79 Fastnet, one of whom did not come home, and I well remember the lasting affect that had on them and us.

It is often the case that a craft will not be salvaged after this sort of event. I should think finding Spirit now would be near imposible, even if she is still afloat. I know you must have strong feelings towards Spirit after all she did for you, but she is replacable and the crew are not. I hope you understand what I mean.
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Old 03 August 2004, 07:34   #70
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You are so spot on Mark.

Uppermost on our minds during the night was the safety of the lads.

The shock and speed of the incident...well we can all only imagine.

Just a nightmare.

Egbert's just phoned so I'll devote a new post to him.

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