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Old 28 October 2020, 06:46   #1
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The Great Orkney SIB Expedition 2003

Hello folks

There may be a few among you who remember 'The Great Orkney SIB Expedition 2003'.

For those who don't then take a look here

It all started with an innocent question here on RIB Net. Could a 3.5m SIB with a 15hp engine cross The Pentland Firth? Somehow, having asked the question, 12 months later I found myself sitting nervously in my SIB in John O'Groats harbour about to set off across one of the most notorious and dangerous stretched of water around the UK! Fortunatley I was not alone, I was accompanied by Brian Elliott in Cyanide and Mike & Di Garside in Magellan Alpha.

Well, 17 years later whilst clearing out a cupboard, I found my old Sony camcorder (remember those) and a pile of video cassette tapes, among which were the ones I filmed on the expedition.

Modern technology has allowed me to download and digitise the tapes and begin editing them before uploading the results to YouTube (not even a twinkle in the eyes of the three former PayPal employees—Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim — who created the service in February 2005, when we did the trip in 2003)

So, I have begun uploading the videos and now you can see .

Please keep an eye on this thread for further uploads.

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Old 28 October 2020, 08:48   #2
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Yep me too... thanks for taking the trouble to put it together.
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Keith (I'm Back) Hart!

After all these years :-)
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Welcome back. Do you want your accounts merged (I'm guessing you've forgotten the brackets in your password!) - if so let us know if you'd like to keep the old username or the new one - and I'm sure that for the person that coined the term SIB we can get the techies to sort that out.
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Thank you Poly, I can't remember my old password so had to re-register. As I no longer have the email address associated with the old username, I guess that it is more simple to stay as I am now. But thanks for the offer.

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As someone who's still getting his ears wet, I await the rest with with great interest.
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Thank you Poly, I can't remember my old password so had to re-register. As I no longer have the email address associated with the old username, I guess that it is more simple to stay as I am now. But thanks for the offer.
Well I did it anyway. Welcome back!
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Old 29 October 2020, 04:26   #9
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Hello all,

Standby for Day 2 - Milford Haven to Bangor (Northern Ireland).

We had an interesting start through Bardsey sound followed by a very rough journey with headwinds all the way through the Irish Sea. It was a long hard day. Unfortunately it was so rough that most of the day was spent hanging onto the boat, hence the much shorter video...



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Old 30 October 2020, 12:13   #10
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Hello folks.

Here we have Day 3 - Bangor to Kyle of Lochalsh, with a 'close encounter', and a brush with 'The Old Hag' in the Gulf of Corrywreckan.



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Old 02 November 2020, 04:38   #11
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Hello Folks

Here is the next installment, Day 4 - Kyle of Lochalsh to John O'Groats, which includes rounding Cape Wrath.



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Hello again,

Here we are with Day 6 - rest and preparations (and trepidations) at John O'Groats.

It is the BIG day tomorrow when SIB Man crosses The Pentland Firth!



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Old 05 November 2020, 18:50   #13
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Hello again

Here we are with Day 6 (part 1) - the SIB crossing of The Pentland Firth. It was a long and exciting (not to mention bumpy) day!



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Old 07 November 2020, 04:34   #14
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Good morning

Day 6 - Part 2.

Phew, what a morning that was, but there is more to come. Having arrived safely at Scapa Pier, I do interviews for The Orcadian Newspaper and BBC Radio Orkney.

I sum the crossing up: "An hour of shear terror, followed by 45 minutes of absolute pleasure!"

But even then the day hadn't finished - see Day 6 - Part 3.



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Hello folks

Next episode, Day 3 - Scapa to Stromness and an encounter with an old man!



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Very interesting video and interesting how the video has stood the test of time but also how video quality and stabilization etc has improved in 15 or so years
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Very interesting video and interesting how the video has stood the test of time but also how video quality and stabilization etc has improved in 15 or so years
Yes indeed, this was many years before the now ubiquitous Go-Pro. The camcorder does not like the shocks from the pounding in the RIB, of which there was a lot! What a difference smartphones and digital cameras have made. Well, now I have it digitized and saved for the future, at least until the technology changes again.

We now print photo albums of our adventures, which will still be able to be read hundreds of years from now. The Great Domesday Book of 1086 can still be read today, I wonder how long today's technology will last!

Stay tuned, more to come...

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Good morning folks.

The Great Orkney SIB Expedition 2003 - Day 7, Stromness to Pierowall, Westray. The original plan had been to sail west from Stromness, north to the west of Westray then south to Pierowall. However, the weather and seas were so bad that we headed east past Rousay then north up to Pierowall on the east of Westray in the shelter of the island.

We were met on Westray by the Tourism Officer, Sam Harcus, who drove us all to our accommodation then lent us his car so we could explore the island - what a great guy.

Brian flew from Westray to Papa Westray, the world's shortest scheduled air flight. The rest of us went exploring the island. A beautiful and tranquil place.



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Thanks for posting this Keith, I've really enjoyed them.
At a time when a lot of us are reflecting on a very compromised boating year it's great to see a reminder of how much enjoyment is possible.
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Thanks for posting this Keith, I've really enjoyed them.
At a time when a lot of us are reflecting on a very compromised boating year it's great to see a reminder of how much enjoyment is possible.
My pleasure...and there are still more to come...it was after all a round Britain trip and we had to get back from Kirkwall.

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