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Old 31 August 2011, 11:44   #1
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Trip out to Nab tower on an escort tug?

Hello chaps...

Right, after al the threatening, the time has finally come for me to cohearse some money out of you lot.....for a good cause I might add though!

We are raising money for the Hamble Independent Lifeboat (HLB) in order to help them finance a new boat house/workshop.

Most people that cruise the Solent and surrounding area will at some point have seen or heard the HLB in operation. Based at Hamble, they operate two Halmatic ribs providing rescue services in a triangular area stretching from Southampton docks in the north to Gillkicker to the east and Yarmouth to the west.
Although they often work in parallel with the RNLI, they are totally independent and receive no financial backing from either the RNLI or the govt.

Unfortunately, the HLB is now in desperate need of a new boat house and workshop in order for them to continue to provide the sterling service they have been providing for so long now. The original wooden 'shed' is beyond repair and will need to be replaced soon.

In order to help them raise funds, we are sponsoring them by offering the first place prize in a raffle. The prize consists of a VIP trip out on one of our ultra modern 7000hp ocean going escort tugs.
A launch will collect the winner and two guests from Warsash and bring them across to Fawley where they will board either the Apex, Phenix or Vortex and sail with the vessel to approximately 5 miles south of Nab tower. Once there they will witness the tug connecting up to a VLCC (very large crude carrier) and escort her back in to the Esso Fawley oil terminal where she will be berthed alongside the terminal.
Lunch or dinner will be provided on board with the whole trip lasting 6-7 hours.
There are no set dates for the trip, the winner will have the choice of when they would like to claim the prize. (Although a certain degree of flexibility will be required as we are at the mercy of the Esso shipping schedule and the tides)
All in all it makes for quite an enjoyable day out.

The second place prize has been offered by ABP (association of British Ports) and consists of a trip out on the harbour master’s launch to witness the pilotage of a large commercial vessel.

Third place is a the chance to go out on patrol on the harbour master’s launch.

Fourth place is an ‘introduction to diving’ day kindly offered by Andark Diving.

Fifth place is a race car simulator experience.


Tickets are being offered at 1 each but strategically come in a booklet of 5 (although any number can be purchased)

The draw will take place at the ‘Grand Cafe’ (near dock gate 4, Southampton) on the 7th October 2011.

For more information check out the links below;

www.hamblelifeboat.co.uk
www.ostensjo.no/ostensjo/web.nsf/pages/Fleet

If you feel you may be interested then please PM me and I will explain how to get hold of the tickets....I have 50 or so tickets available here which I am happy to post out once payment is received.

PM me if you have any other questions also...

Simon



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Old 01 September 2011, 12:27   #2
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Just adding a link to show a bit better what we do...

in the clip, The winner of the raffle will be on the tug that looks like it is being towed by the tanker....

Incidentally, this was filmed using a Drift HD170 mounted about a meter from the top of the main mast, some 25 meters or so above the water.



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I'll have some please!

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Old 01 September 2011, 15:19   #4
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On behalf of myself and the HLB, a big thanks to all that have contacted me so far tonight inquireing about the raffle tickets, and an even bigger thanks to those that decided to have a go at winning it....a very encouraging start.

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Hope you need more than 50 tickets
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Old 02 September 2011, 12:30   #6
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And onother clip to show what the winner of the raffle will experience at the 'deep end' of the escort...shot yesterday morning.

It's always this lovely out at Nab...Honest

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PS...JK can you send me some contact details please, PM sent to you.
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Simon,

Last year I won a "ribnet competition", the prize for which was a trip out on 250kts Poole Sea Safari. Circumstances conspired against me and for the first time in many years I've not been South of London all year. I'd like to therefore offer the voucher to you as another raffle prize which might be more likely to be used by someone local. I've spoken to Steve (250kts) and he has very kindly agreed to extend it so it can be used next season.

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Simon,

Last year I won a "ribnet competition", the prize for which was a trip out on 250kts Poole Sea Safari. Circumstances conspired against me and for the first time in many years I've not been South of London all year. I'd like to therefore offer the voucher to you as another raffle prize which might be more likely to be used by someone local. I've spoken to Steve (250kts) and he has very kindly agreed to extend it so it can be used next season.

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Evening Polwart

Thank you very much, thats very generous of both yourself and 250Kts.
I will contact the chairman of the trustees on Monday and inform him of the 'additional' prize.
Shame that your not able to get down this neck of the woods though...

While i'm posting, a big thanks so far to the following members for their support.

Paul Cannell
John Kennett
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