THE GREAT BRITISH RIB RALLY 2010 – LATEST

 

Issued: 25th November 2009
by: Peta Stuart-Hunt| PR Works

NEWS UPDATE

PLANNING AND FINAL ROUTING GATHERS PACE FOR THE GREAT BRITISH RIB RALLY 2010
11-23 June

The routing and stage planning for the Great British RIB Rally 2010 is now well underway. There are 21 confirmed entries and still several more potential entrants expressing an interest in signing up for this adventure of a lifetime that is being staged over 12 days next June.

The RIBs entered currently range from 11m down to the minimum eligible length of 7.5m.  Applications have arrived from all over the UK as well as from mainland Europe and Scandinavia for the 2010 nm clockwise route circumnavigating mainland Great Britain and Ireland. Organisers are also discussing including a new stage comprising a short additional hop from Great Yarmouth over to Boulogne.

Route
There are various routing options still under discussion to ensure that organisers make best use of everyone’s time, their fuel efficiency and to provide the entrants with the very best experience possible. Depending on weather conditions there will also be an alternative route in place.

The Great British RIB Rally 2010 has been conceived by a group of like-minded enthusiasts headed up by Patrick Byrne, the MD at Scorpion RIBs and himself a staunch RIB cruising enthusiast with thousands of miles under his belt. The Rally is set to offer its participants a once in a lifetime adventurous and challenging event and, as Patrick says, “the Great British RIB Rally offers a genuine challenge, around a demanding coastline that will require good seamanship and boat preparation. The timetable is also demanding but we’re planning in plenty of time for exploration and fuel-efficient travel between stopovers.”

Proposed fair weather route (subject to change)

Friday June 11          Arrive at the new Marina in Portland + free overnight berthing
Saturday June 12     Portland to Falmouth with free berthing at Port Falmouth Marina

There will be a Saturday weather review prior to crossing to Ireland and West Coast of Ireland. If all are in agreement:

Sunday 13 June          Falmouth to Skull or Baltimore
Monday 14 June         Skull to Aran Islands via Kilrush for fuel
Tuesday 15 June         Aran Islands to Burtonport
Wednesday 16 June   Aranmore to Bangor

Thursday 17 June        Bangor to Oban
Friday 18 June             Oban to Stornoway
Saturday 19 June         Stornoway to Stromness
Sunday 20 June            Stromness to Newcastle
Monday 21 June          Newcastle to Gr Yarmouth
Tuesday 22 June          Gt Yarmouth to Boulogne
Wednesday 23 June    Boulogne to Portland


If the weather really kicks off, the alternative route is likely to be:

Sunday 13  June          Falmouth to Kinsale
Monday 14  June        Kinsale to Wexford
Tuesday 15  June        Wexford to Dublin
Wednesday 16 June   Dublin to Bangor

The route will then return to the original as mapped out from 17-23 June.


Fuel plans
Diesel is relatively simple to find and where necessary it will be ordered in advance in some ports. To solve the issue of a lack of petrol supply, especially on the West coasts of Ireland and Scotland, the Rally organisers have arranged for a support vehicle to follow the fleet and provide back-up in several ways; a most valuable asset.  On the Irish coast there are many ports where petrol is available from local filling stations within a mile or less, and the vehicle will be able to ferry petrol direct to the RIBs.

Hospice update
Although being run as a non-competitive event, one of the opportunities the Rally throws up is for the raising of substantial funds for your nominated charity.

The Rally organisers are encouraging every entrant to raise money for the Hospice movement, and ideally, each boat entering will do so on behalf of a specific Hospice.

So far the hospices being supported include Trinity Hospice, London; Julia’s House Hospice in Poole; Oakhaven Hospice, Lymington; Hope House, Bristol and Avon; and Lewis Manning Hospice, Poole. Any excess funds raised by the Rally from entrance fees or sponsorship will be given to this charity. http//www.helpthehospices.org.uk/get involved/fundraising/

Ideas for fund-raising range from selling space on your hull to relevant companies for strategic placement of logos to encouraging one or two paying passengers to enjoy a leg of the Rally on your boat.

There is no timed element to the event; it simply requires skill, seamanship, observation, recording and an adventurous spirit.

Participants will be rewarded in a number of categories and prizes will include the Scorpion Trophy for the Best Log. Prizes will be awarded at the 2010 BIBOA Annual Dinner in November 2010.

For more information about the proposed route and further details, please visit the Rally website: http://www.greatbritishribrally.co.uk
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Media Enquiries:
Peta Stuart-Hunt
PR Works
T:   +44 (0) 1590 679 621
M: +44 (0) 7711 477 707
E:   peta@prworksuk.com

 

General Enquiries:
Gail Cape
The Great British RIB Rally 2010
T:  +44 (0) 1590 677805
E:  gcape@scorpionribs.com

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