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Old 09 March 2002, 17:28   #101
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Excellent day - Thanks everybody.

My Pictures are now in the Gallery

Please add any more pics you have to the gallery thread!

See you all at Cardiff
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Old 09 March 2002, 18:01   #102
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A Big thanks to Jono for initiating this day.

The sight of 7 RIBs on the Thames, passing Tower Bridge and all the other sights was great - and aroused a lot of iiterest from all quarters.

Will put pictures in the gallery as Jools suggested - but just wanted to put one here as a 'taster'
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Old 09 March 2002, 18:18   #103
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High as a kite...

That looks great chaps! And then to think that I've been sniffing glue the whole day getting the old Zodiac ready for action...feeling a bit odd now...the glue made its way to my brain I guess!

That stiff breeze you're referring to now reached Holland, been thinking of you guys out there! Guess you've just been lucky with the weather...err... apart from the recovering bit then.

My time will come...

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Old 09 March 2002, 19:01   #104
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Eddy,
does this mean you are coming to Cardiff then?
If you got time to glue up the Zodiac, you got time to come over for a quick visit.

I promise, we will kick you out of Cardiff on sunday / monday!!!
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Old 10 March 2002, 07:17   #105
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Thank you all for a great day. Special thanks to Alan for taking me on Yellow Tang (and for lending me a tenner!!)
Good to put names to faces and looking forward to meeting up in the near future.
I took 56 photos and will post some in the gallery later today.
For those on the cruise yeterday email me (jwebb333@aol.com) with your postal address and I will send you a CD with all the photos on.

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Old 10 March 2002, 10:55   #106
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My thanks to all as well it was a great day, even the recovery !!! The radio on the way home said it was 60 - 80 MPH winds so when we were cruising against it at say 30 MPH that was an average of 100 MPH wind, this could be why I had to hold on to my hat so hard !!!! So a good day was had by all, I hope to see you in Cardiff. Sorry no photos yet as us lowly bods only have a standard film camera.

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Old 10 March 2002, 12:34   #107
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Nice try!

Nadia,
Should I feel flattered now or are you afraid the turn-up will be dissapointing?

There will be plenty more cruises to come, so I'd rather not risk disturbing the peace here by pushing for SOC.

I just hope I can find a place as a crewman on one of the boats later this year as I will certainly not tow the inflatable to the UK...
Next year with the new RIB is another story...I am already planning a dive/cruise in the south.

Somehow I feel like I'm missing out on all the action in Holland...took a long trip on the motorbike down one of our big rivers today...trying to get as close near the feeling of Ribbing as I could

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Old 10 March 2002, 14:23   #108
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a question for thames cruzers

where did you all park your trailers / cars in relation to the slipway ?

how convenient is this parking ? did you have to pay ?

would be interested for a family day out in the summer.

Also how far did you guys get down the Thames ?

Cheers

( Shame it was blowing such a gale for you , would have been very mild otherwise )
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Old 10 March 2002, 14:41   #109
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Hi Phil

The parking was remarkably easy in the end. A couple of us parked our trailers at the top of the slip (not sure if this would be OK on a spring tide - but think it should be), Jono parked his car and trailer together on the street. There was plenty of parking - which is residents only in the week but free at weekends.

We turned upstream from the launch site and went al the way to Putney Bridge. At Wandsworth Bridge the 8 mph Speed limit comes into force.

On the way back three of us went past our launch site to the Dome. You can go past this to the Barrier - but need clearance from the PLA.

All in all an excellent run- with loads to see to keep the kids (and adults) interested.

(Have you seen te pictures in the Galery?)
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Old 10 March 2002, 15:28   #110
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Splishsplash / Eddy

You can ave a crew place on Topaz any time you like.

Sian's brother is married to a dutch lady - so if there is a language problem we can even solve that !!!
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Old 10 March 2002, 15:33   #111
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Really enjoyed Saturdays cruz - great to meet so many Ribsters and to put faces to names.

Thanks to everyone who helped recover Topaz.

I got VERY VERY wet during recovery, so much so that I am going to invest in a drysuit. Does anyone have any recomendations/advice or know of a second hand one for sale?
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Old 10 March 2002, 16:35   #112
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Dry suit for the bosssss

Hi Sian,

There is an earlier thread in this forum on dry suits for women, maybe worth a look (especially the post written be me of course )

The democracy you set up is clearly not working...otherwise you would be dry and Graeme wet...


Graeme: Thanks for the great offer! Will grab it with both hands for sure!
Does it look like I need a translator??? Is my English that bad?!

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Old 10 March 2002, 16:46   #113
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Your English is a damn sight better than my Dutch that's for sure!

Not sure about inciting the crew to mutiny though ..... A Captain's place is onboard to the end .... even on a RIB

Look forward to meeting you sometime later in the year

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Old 11 March 2002, 02:58   #114
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Eddy,

Graeme is insured for lots more money then me, so it makes better economic sense if he goes down with the boat !!!!!!
That way I could afford to replace her if the worse comes to the worse............

Thanks for the info about the drysuit thread - I will read and learn.

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Old 11 March 2002, 03:08   #115
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Eddy

The REAL problem is going to come the week after Easter.

Sian is doing the RYA Powerboat 2 Course - so then will come the problems - much the same as Keith Hart has said in another thread - when she thinks she is as comptent as I am - and she will want to be in charge.

What price democracy then ...........
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Old 11 March 2002, 03:11   #116
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Does anyone think that Graeme deserves his dinner tonight????


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Oops!

What did I do? Did I start this or did I just trigger this???

I will be very quiet now and hope for the best...I hope you like take-away chinese Graeme...

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Old 11 March 2002, 12:21   #118
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Bed Time

Topaz is away in her marina, under her cover, and her next trip out is for the SOC weekend!!!!

Not long now
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Sorry Sian........

Graeme,

Why not stay one step ahead of democracy and go for your Advanced ticket - rough weather handling , night running , serious nav , etc. Great fun and very usefull.
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Old 12 March 2002, 03:03   #120
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Great idea - but isn't she just as likely to get these at the sae time as I do - then where do I go?
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