We look forwards to welcoming friends old and new to Easdale for the annual Easdale RIB Rendezvous. The event will take a similar format to previous years. Indeed, as we have failed to reach Oronsay for the past two years we surely cannot be beaten by the weather for a third year.
ERR is possibly the largest consistent gathering of cruising RIBs in Scotland. We estimate our numbers to be in excess of 40 RIBs varying in size from 4m to 11m. This is a cruise in company event with a suggested course and destination only. Individual RIBs are responsible for their own safety. The advantage of cruising in company is obvious. Should you be relatively inexperienced in using you RIB for cruising then this type of event is a great start point. Some who attend have extensive cruise experience and are more than happy to share their experiences.
Seafari Adventures (Oban) www.seafari.co.uk/oban
provide information and guidelines and will send one of their commercial RIBs as a safety boat. RIBs are welcome to convoy with this boat or to do their own thing.
Many RIBs just come for the weekend. A number of RIB owners come to Easdale for the week prior to ERR, others stay for the week following ERR. Easdale is happy to accommodate RIBs in the harbour at any time. Charges are £10 per night. There is a weekly charge which offers a discount. Seafari are happy to offer cruising advice during your stay.
The Easdale RIB Rendezvous website www.easdaleRIBrendezvous.org.uk
has not as yet been updated. Eug of Island Shuttle who looks after the site has not made it from Mull to Easdale yet, a minor problem with the weather. I am sure she will be here shortly and get on the case. Arrangements are basically as for 2016 except the dates and the tide times are different. This year it will be Spring Tides rather than Neaps.
Easdale RIB Rendezvous and Registrations/Information comes from Carolyn and the Seafari Ticket Office. Whilst Carolyn may be relaxing in sunny Spain for the winter I am sure she will be on the case when she can get an internet connection.
Do pencil the dates in your diary.
Should you be struggling for accommodation see Eilean Eisdeal - the Easdale Island Community Development Group
and the relevant section. If you still have a problem contact Carolyn nearer the time. She will keep in contact with various providers and rooms spare.
Further details as they become available.
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