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Old 08 February 2004, 13:52   #11
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KH, St Kilda and another off Cape Wrath are RAF bombing ranges. You might get a nasty suprise especially when the new Eurofighter need practise time. Afterall there aren't that many places in Central Europe were you can let rip with some of the deadliess killing machines man can think off. However NW Scotland with its outstanding beauty, unspoilt scenery and wildlife well thats just the place then.

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Just like Sir Charles during the Round Britain Rib Raid in 1999 when he apparently decided to beach for a brew and a Harrier hovering above just kindly advised him on the VHF to bu*ger off as bombs would be soon falling on top of him . Well that for sure spoilt one cup of tea

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. . . and another off Cape Wrath are RAF bombing ranges.
That's Garvie Island.

I wasn't aware that Charles Blois had had a disagreement with Cape Wrath range control, but they weren't terribly impressed when a trail of 20 or so RIBs were heading towards the exclusion zone.

"Powerboats off Cape Wrath, this is Cape Wrath range control. You are approaching Garvie Island and I have two Harriers in the air preparing to drop 1000 pound live, I say again, LIVE bombs on Garvie Island. You are required to maintain a course four miles off shore."

This wasn't really what we wanted to hear -- with a stiff southerly blowing and a steep 5 metre swell it would have been good to get a bit of shelter! It wasn't too much of a problem though, apart from the French crew who had lost their VHF aerial and were blissfully unaware of any problem. When a Harrier buzzed them to try to persuade them to change course they just gave the pilot a friendly wave!

In the end they went ahead and dropped the bombs which looked quite impressive from four miles away, and rather more impressive from the vantage point of the French RIB!

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That's Garvie Island.

I wasn't aware that Charles Blois had had a disagreement with Cape Wrath range control, but they weren't terribly impressed when a trail of 20 or so RIBs were heading towards the exclusion zone.

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John, this is according to the write up in RI following the event but not so sure of the exact location

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They don't actually bomb St. Kilda, Pete!
JW, True but Eurofighter isn't on line yet. However spent long enough with the Royal Artillery firing missiles in the general direction and we know how accurate they are

Good dive site though.

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Interesting pics jwalker. What where you doing there?

Okay so back to the original question. Has anybody done a total circumnavigation of the UK in a rib?

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Interesting pics jwalker. What where you doing there?
A bit like your Pentland Firth thing, just had to do it. Problem is, with St.Kilda, you just have to do it again and again and again......

Okay so back to the original question. Has anybody done a total circumnavigation of the UK in a rib?

No idea but some of the places are just a rock. It's a long way to go just to see a rock.

Unless, of course, you just have to do it.
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Hi Pete7,

I just hope that when the euro fighter come into service the RAF pilots are better at dropping bombs than the Navy were.

Some ordnance got a bit too close for comfort when we were down South

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Okay so back to the original question. Has anybody done a total circumnavigation of the UK in a rib?
Yes, Alan Priddy, Steve Lloyd and Clive Tully did it in June 2000.

Timeline - includes location, distance covered and average speed during each preceding 24 hours

3/6 10.00
Depart Cardiff

4/6 10.00
Off Inishkea, small island off west coast of Ireland
- distance covered 426 nautical miles / 490 statute miles
- average speed 17.75 knots / 20.42 mph

5/6 10.00
Off Lewis, Outer Hebrides
- distance covered 298 nautical miles / 343 statute miles
- average speed 12.42 knots / 14.29 mph

6/6 10.00
Off east coast of Shetland, passing Lerwick
- distance covered 363 nautical miles / 418 statute miles
- average speed 15.13 knots / 17.42 mph

7/6 10.00
Off the Norfolk coast
- distance covered 468 nautical miles / 539 statute miles
- average speed 19.5 knots / 22.46 mph

8/6 10.00
Passing Land's End on our way from the Scillies back up the Bristol Channel
- distance covered 454 nautical miles / 523 statute miles
- average speed 18.92 knots / 21.79 mph

8/6 4.05pm
Arrive Cardiff
- distance covered 137 nautical miles / 158 statute miles
- average speed 22.52 knots / 25.97 mph

Total 2146 nautical miles / 2471 statute miles
average speed 17 knots / 19.6 mph

Picture is Muckle Flugga, northernmost point -- about halfway between mainland Scotland and Norway!
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I think Alan Priddy has done something very similar, but I can't remember if he included the Channel Islands.


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So did he?


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No, they weren't included.

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