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Old 12 April 2012, 08:05   #21
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Very kind Barry, I'll bear that in mind although I doubt it would be worth the detour!
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Just the sort of information we need- is there anywhere we can get in at any state of the tide? 2 hours either side of high tide is no good to us!
leave it with me, see what else we can sort.
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what about Conwy or Deganwy Marinas, in the Conwy estury, both still tidal but a shorter run on the 23rd and not much different for the 24th?
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what about Conwy or Deganwy Marinas, in the Conwy estury, both still tidal but a shorter run on the 23rd and not much different for the 24th?
The RB12 race was going to Conwy, but we are trying to stop in the biggest population areas for maximum coverage, and whilst logistically Conwy or Deganwy would be better from the boat point of view it doesn't fulfil the sponsors criteria.

From memory Blackpool is tidal and Southport only has a pier from the look of it?
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cookee do you have some one sorting the london stopover
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Not really - had some suggestions and I'm in the middle of collating the information which has come in various forms - Someone suggested St Catherine's? We need to be going as far as possible at least at cruising speed to avoid long slow runs at 6mph after a long day on the water and the same the following day - On the other hand as I have said above we need to maximise the publicity!
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The RB12 race was going to Conwy, but we are trying to stop in the biggest population areas for maximum coverage, and whilst logistically Conwy or Deganwy would be better from the boat point of view it doesn't fulfil the sponsors criteria.

From memory Blackpool is tidal and Southport only has a pier from the look of it?
Guessed as much. I don't think there is are a great many options, the only other one I have come up with is Liverpool Sailing Club, they have an excellent facility with good access to the Mersey, next to John Lennon Airport, I've emailed the Club Sec, I'll let you know what the response is.
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Hi Lee,

Just going back over the PM's - thanks for your advice and I think Chelsea sounds like a good place for the night although I don't know where we would park the vehicles!

We are probably going to have a motor home and two vans (one is converted to sleep three)

It would be much easier and more sensible from a logistical point of view to just stop in Ramsgate but where would the fun be in that?
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Maybe worth a stop in N Wales as Chris sugested, There's a sea triathlon taking place in Llandudno on the 23rd which should attract plenty of publicity and there'll be loads of enthusiastic generous tourists around at that time of year. Worth checking other events
Maybe you could have a bucket or barrel for donations on the way. Either way im sure if you give an address for now where members could send a cheque donation that would be a good start. And surely there's some publicitas people here on RIBnet that could raise awareness and get the publicity you need.
Personally I think there should be some sort of power boat event in the olimpits, And it looks like Cookee has got Gold medal for this years round Britain challenge .
Well done for your team spirit.
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Personally I think there should be some sort of power boat event in the olimpits, And it looks like Cookee has got Gold medal for this years round Britain challenge .
Well done for your team spirit.
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Great stuff - E-Lites have formally approved the use of the returned entry fees of 3,500 to be distributed to Children's Hospices around the country and they are sponsoring the boat fuel costs for the trip. We aim to raise some extra cash on the way round for the charities as well.

The name of the event is now the 'E-Lites Round Britain Charity Challenge' and we are getting close to finalising the route - thank you very much for all of the help and advice offered by everyone on here, couldn't do it without you!
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Hi mate. I cannot remember if you have planned to stop in Northern Ireland but I would suggest for PR and fund raising a quick "lunch" stop in Bangor wouldn't go a-miss. I can organise this for you if you want. Alan P
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Sounds like a good plan - it depends what time we can get away from the Liverpool area, low water is at 09.26 so we have to find a deep water spot for the night so that we can get away in good time, the thing is we're planning the press and cheque handing over stuff in the morning so that we aren't on a tight schedule to arrive at the venues.
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Hi Cooke,

Best of luck with it.

Why chatham? Speed limit on approach down the river. Channel to navigate. Have to lock in (it is 24hr access tho). On the plus, there is however, a pub & B+B there.

Surely a dogleg on the route, I would run on to Ramsgate.
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Best of luck with it.

Why chatham? Speed limit on approach down the river. Channel to navigate. Have to lock in (it is 24hr access tho). On the plus, there is however, a pub & B+B there.

Surely a dogleg on the route, I would run on to Ramsgate.
Our criteria for choosing a venue is quite different to choosing a stop on a race round Britain - Our sponsors have very kindly donated the entry fee (and RB12 are returning the full amount) for us to give out to children's charities, specifically Hospices on the way round. In order to boost the amounts and get as much press as possible for both the charities and our sponsors we have chosen different venues.

In Chatham we have been offered a great opportunity and it's only just over 3 miles of speed restriction and they reckon they can talk the Harbour Master into letting us leave quickly the following morning.
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Sounds like a good plan - it depends what time we can get away from the Liverpool area, low water is at 09.26 so we have to find a deep water spot for the night so that we can get away in good time, the thing is we're planning the press and cheque handing over stuff in the morning so that we aren't on a tight schedule to arrive at the venues.
not had any replies up to now with somewhere on the Mersey, only other option is through the port authority, do you want to do that with your pr or do you want us to try first?

also, when going through menai there is a speed limit past port dinorwic, are you happy to slow down to 5 knts for 1/2 mile or do you want to try and get permission to go through at speed. i'm sure the man with the speed gun won't catch you, but there again he does't need to, your name will be all over the boat let me know and i'll make some enquiries
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Hi cookee. Now i may have missed it but when do you plan on entering / leaving chatham. Would be great to see you fly past if we are out there.
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not had any replies up to now with somewhere on the Mersey, only other option is through the port authority, do you want to do that with your pr or do you want us to try first?

also, when going through menai there is a speed limit past port dinorwic, are you happy to slow down to 5 knts for 1/2 mile or do you want to try and get permission to go through at speed. i'm sure the man with the speed gun won't catch you, but there again he does't need to, your name will be all over the boat let me know and i'll make some enquiries
Thanks very much - really struggling with the whole Mersea area and it looks like the only deep water entrance is Holyhead which is a bit out of the way! If you have some local knowledge then finding out who to talk to would be a big help - thanks again!

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Great .. Friday night (29th), ribbing or having a pint in either Chatham or Ramsgate, sounds great!, good luck Cookee, if you have an online donation please share it with us.

May also combine it with a trip to Pompey too .. Its been a while since I've been down ...
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