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Old 24 July 2004, 03:14   #101
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Much appreciated Kim, Daniel, Tim...
Here are a few more pieces of the jigsaw before we head out to the Island of Wighty for the day...
1) Paul Ferry (superhero of Ferryman RIBs , Derry) unsticks the gearbox...& Paul (superhero hubby). The rope floated free of the prop just before the lifeboat arrived but we couldn't get the engine going again...I'd whacked it into neutral the minute the engine sounded funny; when Fi went for the prop I turned the engine off...after the rope freed we jiggled the lever before getting going again...but zilch...no kick at all...we may have jiggled the lever into gear but there it stayed. Paul showed us how to fix things should that happen again. (I tried to look intelligent at this stage )
2) The toobs don't look too happy after a few nights' pounding...mind you they've got to be the strongest tubes I've ever seen...they got the gaffer tape treatment (at least till home) as well
3) A local family invited us to their house for breakfast...then their friends arrived FOR LUNCH IN A HELICOPTER
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Old 24 July 2004, 07:57   #102
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Great Pictures

Thanks for posting the pictures Kathleen. I've talked to Fiona all through the week (it's starting to sink in for her what both of you did) and the pictures really bring the whole adventure to life

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Old 25 July 2004, 02:38   #103
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Cheers Malcolm. I'll shut up soon. After I've stuck up the last few little souvenir pics...and bits of the tale.


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Old 26 July 2004, 02:04   #104
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As much as a very small group of narrow minded, jealous people have been trying to knock these two girls achivments, it goes without question that the responce on this excellent site that they where truely succesfull. To recieve over 4000 views in one week is a true testimony to the support and interest the project recieved.

The full details ofthe charity can be found on www.the-ia.org.uk and should you wish to support the girls charity you can either PM me or Kathleen on how to make a donation.
On behalf of the girls, thanks for all your support and no matter what happens we will be ALL in Ireland this weekend to start our Trans Atlantic trip on Sunday.Alan P
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Old 26 July 2004, 04:09   #105
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The longest way round is the shortest way home...

Part V : Remember Fi? Don't Lose The Magic!

We were never alone really…from the tricks your eyes play in the dusk
turning clouds and waves into strange shapes to the texts received frequently asking for updates . Alan monitored progress from Portsmouth and his encouragement and Paul’s belief in us always motivated us on the boat. Other texts came in too with supportive words and jokes…thank you! (You know who you are!xxx) The fabulous man on duty as ‘Malin Head Coastguard’ who organised our Rescue had us in stitches as he called us ‘Charley Sailor’…then ‘Jolly Farmer’ on the radio! We’ll be eternally grateful for your calm presence sir.
(BTW thanks to my work colleagues who have mastered the delicate Irish technique of giving recognition while simultaneously taking the you-know-what…by christening me ‘Captain Pugwash’ immediately on my return We were kept in our place too by the cheerful gentleman in Donaghadee who listened intently to our tale and retorted ‘Shure ye’d have gone round quicker in a yacht’ )

Ireland is peopled with memories…the South for me; the North for Fiona. So the place- names brought back so many memories of people and events... RIBnetters were there too!!! Rogue Wave’s adventures in Courtmacsherry, the Cork group around Crosshaven, Brian Elliot’s eloquent account of his recent trip, J and SW in Scotland, the NI group, the Dublin lot, the patron saint of radios St. Jon Brooks, the NWR and Cookee working in the Isle of Man. (If we’d only had a clear day… )

And there was a lot of time to talk about ….well just about everything. And people! The boat was full of people we loved.
A few small-minded people we threw off the boat at regular intervals as they put in an appearance in the conversation!!! Some we made walk the plank because of their general meanness of spirit
The stars won out…especially Liz and Alan for entrusting their boat to us, an amazing hubbyxxx, the fantastic people we met in Donaghadee and the brilliant people of a little town called Fahan in Co. Donegal.

The most difficult time was not the rope incident; we were angry and disappointed we couldn’t get out of that one under our own steam. The really bad night was the long passage from Clare round Donegal and through Tory. We were frightened, simple as that. But the biggest battle wasn’t with the boat (she’s a beauty) or with the sea (she was a you-know-what ) but with our own emotions and thinking. That was the real challenge … and nothing I’ve learned in my training courses could have prepared me for that experience. Fiona if Alan thinks we had guts they certainly got a good workout that night

But it all started and ends with people.

And guts.

Have a look at the charity website if you get the chance and if you think it’s worthwhile please send a pm as Alan said and we’ll make sure any contribution goes directly to them. They’re working for the genuinely brave adults and children who are faced with a big change in their lives and lifestyles. May I say a humble congratulations to the people of real courage. The hope is by doing the trip and publicising it there can be assistance for you to get the resources and support you need. Hats off to people who face life’s journey every day with quiet and unsung bravery.

Never mind gallivanting around Ireland on a Jolly.

Shure anyone can do that

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Old 26 July 2004, 04:41   #106
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That site once again is http://www.the-ia.org.uk/
You can donate directly online. If you do please let us know (even anonymously) by pm.
We can also send donations from you directly to Fiona's chosen branch in N.I.
Thanks JK for giving permission for this .


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Old 26 July 2004, 08:38   #108
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Wow Arek...

Nice to hear from you ! 'The Price of Fear' will be on the booklist so we can read about big-time adventures

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In the true Spirit of Adventure

Hi Kathleen,

Words cannot really express my admiration of your achievement. Although I have not been very active on Ribnet in recent weeks, I have followed your every step of the trip, thanks Alan.

It is trully a testament to your courage, abillity and faith both in yourself and Spirit.

I spent most the night awake thinking about the tow back into harbour. I am glad that no one had to enter the water to free the nets.

I cannot wait to meet Fiona and congratulate her.

I am now praying for the weather gods to play ball.

See you very soon.
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Old 26 July 2004, 15:22   #110
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Cool Kev. Warm hearted as usual

As it happens Fi had a bloomin good try to free the rope...if you read back you will realise it got a little complicated after that. Which is why you might have to full-service that engine
You will really love Fiona. Spoke to her tonight on the phone and while she has decided to come over a bit later to Portsmouth because of getting the boat ready this week, we will all meet up this week-end. She's going to post later.
Paul's just digging out my 'expert' (not!) video footage, and with some advice by Jon Fuller and perhaps a little web space from John Kennett we might be able to share that as well...so you can do a virtual tour with two madwimmin.

I've also just spoken to a very nice gentleman, Jimmy McIlwaine of the Ileostomy Association of Northern Ireland. He is delighted with the news of offers of donations (which have come in already...many thanks) but most of all says it really helps to raise awareness for such a (comparatively) small charity.

His direct details are as follows :

Jimmy McIlwaine
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Ileostomy Association
James Mount
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Northern Ireland BT20 4NR

Freephone No : 0800 018 4724

If you send him anything directly please say you are from 'RIBnet' so he knows. Same goes for the UK site which is closely linked (and coincidentally has close links with Portsmouth )
Spoke to Alan also and we would really appreciate a pm if you do this (just for records). We are also happy to send cheques for you so please feel free to pm any of us for our addresses.

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