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Old 27 July 2001, 23:48   #1
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Around Britain again

Hot Lemon has smashed the word record for the circumnavigation of Britain!

Mike Deacon today arrived back at Lymington in his 8.75m Scorpion after taking less than 43 hours for a lap of Britain. With him were Chris Strickland and the ubiquitous Jan Falkowski. They stopped only twice for fuel and had no crew changes. This record knocked a massive 20 hours off the previous time for a R.I.B. and nearly one and a half hours off the record time set by Drambiue Tantalus.
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Wow !!!!!

and Congrats !!!!!

That was some achievement !

Have we details on the craft?

As of today ( sponsor secured ....) I am shopping for a boat for an attempt on the Round Ireland next year .

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Old 28 July 2001, 00:42   #3
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Hot Lemon 3 is a standard 8.75 meter Scorpion powered by a 300HP Yanmar diesel. The only modifications made for the record attempt were the addition of an extra fuel tank on deck and a plywood cot and an air bed. Pictures and a full report will be on our website very shortly
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What a fantastic run -- not only beating the RIB record, but the big one as well! Congratulations to everyone involved.

I think that Jan now takes the record for the most times round Britain in a RIB . . .

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Fantastic!!

WAs Jan awake for this one?

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At the finish Jan looked like he hadn,t slept for several weeks. Or does he always look that bad?
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Good Job!!!...It's hard to imagine completeing a run under 43 hrs...Any reports on the weather during the attempt?...This will probably get Fabio Buzzi's attention...
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Old 28 July 2001, 15:13   #8
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Nick, after 10 days at sea with Jan earlier this summer, he looked pretty good!

However, he is severly challenged in the grooming department. If he looked like he hadn't slept for sevral days, he must have been in quite good condition for Jan

Top effort old boy - who's been doing the day job for you this summer Jan?


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Heartiest congratulations to Mike, Chris and Jan!!
Would one of you please narrate the story on this website for us please?
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Oh. And Stuart.
As you can see there is absolutely no question. If you are shopping for a new boat it HAS to be a Scorpion!!
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I'll certainly be having a look in that directon Brian .

The whole story just reinforces what I have long felt and said about craft used for record attempts .

A big Rib with one big simple diesel engine with lots of fuel and no fancy bits to fall off / weigh you down .

In short ...The KISS principle .

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Here's the official press release from Mike Deacon with the details:

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PRESS RELEASE 28th July 2001

New ROUND BRITAIN WORLD RECORDS
(subject to official ratification)


Subject to Official confirmation, new times have been established for two categories of the
Round Britain World Record.


RECORD 1 : Round Britain (vessel up to 30')

A new time of 42hrs 54mins 25secs, beating the previous time by 20hrs 38mins. Previously held by a 28' RIB "Team Brownridge" using a single 240hp engine.


RECORD 2 : The Outright Round Britain Record for The Norman Mackinnon Trophy

A new time of 42hrs 54mins 25secs, beating the previous time by 1hr 9mins 5secs. Previously held by a 50' Scarab monohull "Drambuie Tantalus" using 4x650hp Caterpillar engines.


Detail of the new Record holder.

Vessel:

"Hot Lemon" -- A standard "off the shelf" 8.75m (29') family cruise RIB (yellow and black...hence the name) built by Scorpion RIBs, Lymington in 1999 using a single diesel engine. Engineering installation by Dave Crawford Marine, Lymington.

Crew

In order to comply with the rules for the Outright Round Britain Record, the same crew remained throughout.

Mike Deacon (54) (Skipper) Residential Letting Agent
Dr Jan Falkowski (40) Consultant Psychiatrist
Chris Strickland (56) Electrical Engineer

This is a crew of amateur enthusiasts with no sponsorship, no shore support (and no professional publicity!); they are all members of the British Inflatable Boat Owners Association ( BIBOA) which is the National Class Authority for Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs), crew member Chris Strickland is the Chairman of BIBOA.

Course

Starting at 19.57hrs on Wednesday 25th July, ran clockwise around mainland Britain, inside Ireland (outside Ireland is a separate record).

Leg 1: Lymington to Bangor in Northern Ireland
A distance of approx 460 NM covered in 13hours 35 mins plus a stop of 47 mins), average speed 34 knots.

Leg 2: Bangor to Peterhead
A distance of approx 480NM covered in 11hrs 58 mins (plus a stop of 20 mins), average speed 40 knots.

Leg 3: Peterhead to Lymington
A distance of approx 570NM covered in 16hours 14 mins, average speed 35 knots.

Total time (including stops) of 42hrs 54mins 25secs, average speed approx 35 knots.

Mechanical and other detail:

The diesel fuel capacity was 120galls plus a deck tank of 70galls. Weight of Hot Lemon for the Record run was approx 3600kg.

In order to reduce loadings caused by the weight of extra fuel, the crew used smaller 24"propellers rather than the usual 26"; this restricted the average speed over the Record run to 32 knots (37mph) with a top speed of 42 knots (48 mph).

The engine was a single, standard production Yanmar marine diesel (model 6LYM-STZE) of 4200cc developing 300hp and 700nm torque from the UK importers EP Barrus.

The drive train was a standard Mercury Bravo 3X twin propeller outdrive leg using a set of 24" Quicksilver propellers balanced and prepared by Propeller Revolutions, Poole.

Navigation equipment:

A single Lowrance Global Map 2000 GPS plus a handheld backup, magnetic compass, Raytheon radar and reflector, Icom VHF radio with twin high impedance long range antennae. A full set of Admiralty charts was also carried together with an approved liferaft.

Safety:

Prior to the Record run, Hot Lemon was inspected by a scrutineer from the Royal Yachting Association, the amateur crew have extensive offshore experience and radio contact was maintained with each successive Coastguard area throughout the run. Each crew member had a personal locator beacon and flares, a main EPIRB and flares were also carried.
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Mike is co-owner of hotRIBs.com so I expect he will save the juicy details for his own site (although it would be great to read more about it here!).

It looks like the 3X leg has solved the problems associated with the Yanmar 300 though

John


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Congratulations to all involved.

I'll be seeing Messrs Deacon & Strickland at tonights BIBOA committee meeting so will be able to report back first hand on their condition!!

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Saw Mike and Chris last night both looked well, no immediately obvious bruises! Sounds like an incredible 35hrs. Mike did admit that he fell - well actually jumped overboard at one stage! Apparently standing back to admire your handiwork when in the middle of the Irish sea as opposed to being on land is a bad idea!
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