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Old 17 February 2002, 13:40   #141
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Very true Alan.
They may all be sold by the time the ribsters come to Cardiff for the send-off week-end and are thinking of buying them then.


SIX WEEKS TO GO TODAY - WELL, JUST UNDER NOW LOOKING AT THE TIME!!!!
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Old 17 February 2002, 15:43   #142
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You have said that 7 RIBs plus POB are coming to Penarth.
Would it be a good idea to list them here so:
1. We can see if "we" are included (or have been missed)
2. Pour encourager les autres-just the mere fact that Keith Hart plus the world's smallest SIB will be attending should encourage AT LEAST 22 more Ribsters to attend!
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Blimey - This thread has grown during the week I've been on Holiday.

There are quite a few questions about launching. On this side of the channel there is Portishead Marina - as mentioned - or from Bristol floating harbour - which brings be onto my second point.......

If anybody would like to stay on the Pride of Bristol on the Friday night in Bristol harbour and then accompany us accross the channel to Cardiff on Saturday morning then they would be more than welcome! You could leave you Car/trailer at Bristol marina - this is where I launch my RIB. I can find out costs if anyone is interested

We are currently repairing a RIB that we inherited from the St Johns Ambulance - if its ready for Easter then we will "RIB" it accross

Keith - Plenty of space on deck to Blow-up your SIB - we then have a hydralic hoist to lower it over the side - have you found somewhere to stay yet? This could be your chance to meet GOD

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Jools

We are booked to stay on POB Saturday night - but were planning to arrive in Cardiff Friday - and had started looking for accommodation.

Your idea of staying over in Bristol, then following you to Cardiff on Saturday sounds great.

I would be grateful if you could let me know further details - cost / security of leaving the car and trailer in Bristol, Cost of launching / recovery (and what this entails - how big the slip is etc). I note from the boatlaunch site info that you also have to purchase a river license to go through the lock. Is this expensve?

Also exactly where the Marina is etc - and what length (approx) the journey is across the water to Cardiff.

I guess we would follow you back on Sunday?

Is the marina /launch site close to where POB is?

Wow - seems like a lot to ask - hope this is OK.
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Well it looked like a whole day was gong to pass without a message on this board - and I didnt want that to happen

Come on guys - lets get building the suspense - there must be something to talk about
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You want something to talk about - keep you eyes posted on this thread for a news flash tomorrow!

Spent the whole day organising SOC send-off week-end: I hope you people are a thirsty lot!!!
I have heard you like to party!!!


In the meantime.....6 weeks minus one day to go.
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Wow, how many views now?

STICKERS: Permission obtained from AP for the 'Spirit' logo to be used, now we are just waiting for permission from JK.

See y'all soon.

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Still watching avidly for this newsflash ..............
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Old 19 February 2002, 18:06   #149
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Keith........

I think John K has already ok'd the stickers? Scroll back a few pages and you find:

"Keith

That's fine with me! I can send you the Windows fonts that are used if you need them, or a high res tiff of the logo if you'd prefer.

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*****NEWS FLASH*****NEWS FLASH******NEWS FLASH*****
(nothing like keeping you lot in suspense all day)

There has been a new deal struck for all you lot comming to Cardiff for the SOC send off week / week-end.

Our HQ will now be The Cardiff Bay Yacht Club.
(pls see http://www.cbyc.co.uk/ for general info)

£15.00 flat rate gets you use of the facilities all week-end (fri -sun); unlimited / reasonable launching/ recovery on the two slipways for your boats (Keith, I was adv you just blew yours up!); berthing(although this may be in the form of some reefing together), trailer storage, and car parking.Facilities include the showers and toilets and the club house.
We have negotiated that all boats will pay this rate, irregardless of their size!, day of arrival, and length of stay. This is a first class place and for value for money 100%
Jools, the POB has space there too, although it does not have elect. hook up on the pontoons, do you require this?
For the Sat all the action and the Waterfront pub is still on the other side of the Bay, and there may be a small fee on top of the £15.00 for mooring there - this is under negotiations at the present, and I will keep you updated.
(now, my house is literally down the road from the CBYC)
Pls adv if more accomodation info is required - will add more info soon anyway.
Please, please, still adv ME if you are attending the SOC do, and your boat and arrival and departure details (I will be in direct contact with the club, and thus keep them informed)

Hope this makes sense and gives you the incentive to launch in Cardiff - at this bargain price - and bring your boats either by water or by road.

6 weeks minus 2 days to go!

ps. sorry about the change of plans, but you must admit with this deal, everyone is a winner.
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Old 19 February 2002, 18:45   #151
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**EXTRA NEWS*****EXTRA NEWS*****EXTRA NEWS***

Timings of launching and recovery.
The club is quite happy for you guys to do your own stuff, and does not require that they supervise you at this!

Thus, you may find it usefull to know that they open their gates at 08:00 and shut about 22:00 / 23:00 when the bar staff go home. The closing time may vary slightly - depending on how busy the bar is)
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Way to go Nadia!!!

That sounds like an excellent deal Nadia. Somehow I don't think you'll be short of people to buy you drinks on the Sat night!

On behalf of "team cyanide" as I say we'll need 9.5m for berthing an no launching if the weather is good and 6.5m and launching if the weather is bad! (And before anyone asks, Cyanide is not retractable, if the weather is too bad for the passage around from Devon we'll be coming by car and bringing my boat!)

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Its not the boat................

its the crew that doesn't like the rough weather

(& its not my boat either come to that!)
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STICKERS

I have produced the first batch of 'Spirit Sendoff' stickers and they appear to be okay. Well, at least mine is still stuck to the inside of my windscreen.

Right then here is the deal.

Anyone who is going to see 'Spirit' off from Cardiff on the weekend of 30/31 March 2002, can have TWO free window stickers. All you have to do is email me directly at stickers@blackhart.co.uk I will then send you the stickers by post FOC. So please include YOUR POSTAL ADDRESS.

If you are there for the party, you can buy the crew a drink, if you see me on Sunday, I'll have a BACON ROLL!

Cheers

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Keith send me a couple of stickers just in case I forget who I am!
Anybody know a high ranking Naval Officer in Russia? I have been organising the Kamchatska stop the past couple of days and they want to charge me $1280.00 just to enter the harbour!!

(unless some wants to buy 170 miles)

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***************Register so far:***********************
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(this includes all who have made definate arrangements, or have indicated an interest in coming for the week-end and I am awaiting further news from them. Yes, I have been a mug and read the whole thread to double check!!!)


Starring:" The Spirit-of-Cardiff" and supported by the
following cast:

1. Pride of Bristol - arr Sat morning - dep Sunday afternoon.
Providing accomodation. Length 24m
Jools and crew (how many?) and 12 berths for guests!
Coming over from Bristol.

2. Topaz - arr Fri am - Dep Sun.
Length 6.2m
Arriving by trailer, crew of two. GraemeCooper
Coming frrom Worcester..

3. Cyanide - arr Sat? By sea. Crew of Alan Winnett and Brian Elliott (may pick up "on-the-pull for Welsh filly" Toby and his cake on the way)
Coming from Torquay. Length 9.5m. Plan B: Trailer of a 6.5m by road) Alan, are you still organising a cruise around the Bay? Any ideas?

4. SIB - Sunday morning. Keith Hart - sure you can't make it any earlier, like Sat? By trailer, from Birmingham. crew of 2. Length 3.4m. Wants to claim his prize for longest thread starter.

5. Graham Morris from Shipham / Somerset. Launching in Bristol along with 2 other RIbs and coming over. Need more info. Graham - what are the boats details and plans?
(so...this is for boats 5,6,and 7)

8.Aladin. Kevin - coming to Cardiff via Cardigan Bay on Sunday morning by road. Lenth 5.5 m

9. Secret boat - aha. There will be some surprises!!!
Can you provide me with your boat details via private msg?
You know who you are. Arr Fri - dep Sun!!!
You have been in touch a few times

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Need to find out what's what with the following:
Brian & Gina - you flying over, trailering the boat?
Jahno - you coming over?
Alan from Malden - any news?
Alan Mckewan, and the Bangor possee (Peter Giovanoli and Ralph Carson etc) - still on schedule via ferry and trailer?
Geoff Campbell - any news?
Toby - are you travelling up on Cyanide or on road or alternative?
Allen - Isle of Man - you were going to stay the whole week and sort out our hair styles. Any news with you?

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ANYONE ELSE? HOPE I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN ANYONE.

It would be handy if I could have a mobile contact for you as well.
My number is 07811553925!
Our base will now be Cardiff Bay Yacht Club - see previous post.
Yes, you will be able to leave your boats in the water once launched - no need to recover each night to relaunch the next day.
On the Friday night - there will be another party.
On Sat : there will be an official blessing of the boat and crew at 12:00 - support from some ribsters would be good for this too, if you are okay with it.
Re water bus back and forth / or own boat for the Sat night. Looking at accomodating boats on side by pub - will let you know.

Anyway, hope this answers some querries.
Keep in touch.
Got Alan P and Steve down tomorrow for the w/end. Things are heating up!!

Is this the longes post to date?
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5 weeks minus 2 days to go!

Was the last post a bit much info at once...seemed a bit mind boggling to me.
Will give you all a chance to read info etc and reply.

Catch up with you soon.


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Nadia................

more sterling effort on the organisational front, well done!

BTW Alan Winnett and Alan from Maldon are one and the same! I am thinking of changing my name to avoid confusion (although I was the first "Alan" to post on rib.net I think! )

I am not sure whether "team Cyanide" will arrive Friday or Sat. It will all depend on the weather and whether(sic) we do the run around from Torquay in a day or break the trip somewhere in the middle.

Consequently I may not be around to organise any cruising Saturday. Any volunteers!?

BTW Is there a speed limit in Cardiff bay inside the barrage?

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