Issued: 25th November 2009
by: Peta Stuart-Hunt| PR Works
PLANNING AND FINAL ROUTING GATHERS PACE FOR THE GREAT BRITISH RIB RALLY 2010
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.
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.
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.
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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