Gearing up for the Great British RIB Rally in June – latest news


Interest builds as participants nominate recipients for fund raising support

A Scorpion 8.5m

There are 20 confirmed entries for the Great British RIB Rally (GBRR), the cruising adventure of a lifetime that is being staged between 12-23 June, with the fleet mustering in Portland on Friday 11th and setting off from there on Saturday 12th June.  Unlike most boating expeditions around the UK this event is planning to route participants around the west cost of Ireland, along the Atlantic coast and, rather than taking the usual short-cut through Scotland via the Caledonian Canal, the boats are planning to travel around the top of  Scotland.

The RIBs entered represent a variety of manufacturers from Scorpion to Redbay to Wahoo and range in length from a 12m – Steve and Stuart Munro with ROOSTER –  down to the minimum eligible length of 7.5m – Chris Looney on RAVEN.  Entries have come in from all over the UK as well as from mainland Europe and Scandinavia e.g. Patrick Hugenholz is driving his Scorpion QUICKFLASH over from Belgium for the clockwise route circumnavigating mainland Great Britain and Ireland.

The elected route ensures that organisers are making 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 GBRR 2010 was conceived in 2009 by a group of like-minded enthusiasts headed up by Patrick Byrne, the MD at Scorpion RIBs, himself a long-standing RIB cruising enthusiast with thousands of miles under his belt. Patrick is competing with one crew member, Mike Dawson, in Patrick’s Scorpion Sting, a 10m RIB named TRINITY.

The GBRR is set to offer its participants a once in a lifetime adventurous and challenging event and, as Patrick says, “this event is providing a genuine challenge around a demanding coastline that will require good seamanship and boat preparation. The timetable is also demanding but we’re factoring in plenty of time for exploration and fuel-efficient travel between stopovers.”

The latest published fair weather route (subject to change) totals 1871 nm. If the weather really kicks off, the alternative route is likely to be shortened to 1641 nm and from Bangor the fleet reverts to the route itinerary from 17th – 23rd June. Organisers have also added a short additional 80nm hop from Great Yarmouth over to Boulogne.
Check out the stopovers and leg distances at

Fundraising update
Although being run as a non-competitive event, one of the opportunities the Rally organisers are hoping to capitalise on is for the crews to raise substantial funds for their nominated charity.  Every entrant is being encouraged to raise money for the Hospice movement, and many entering are doing so on behalf of a specific Hospice.

So far we are aware that the following hospices are being supported: Trinity Hospice in South London; Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington; St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Chichester; Hope House, Bristol and Avon Air Ambulance; the Lewis Manning Hospice in Poole, St. Richard’s Hospice in Worcester.  Any excess funds raised by the Rally from entrance fees or sponsorship will be given to the Hospice Movement: http// involved/fundraising/.

Fundraising ideas are ranging from selling space on the hull to relevant companies for strategic placement of logos through to encouraging one or two paying passengers to enjoy a leg of the Rally, something that Patrick Byrne is planning to offer, at auction. Some crews have opted to support a favourite charity rather than a hospice e.g. the Sparkle Appeal which is being organised by the Victoria Education Centre in Poole, is being supported by the driver and crew of EVOLUTION.  Victoria Education Centre and Sports College (VEC) specialises in providing education, care and therapy for pupils aged 3-19 years with physical disabilities, predominantly cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.

Michael Doyle will be adding to a huge list of his adventurous exploits driving his boat SKELLIG OF SARK an 11m RIB with two crew members, Andy Haffenden and Dominic Croshaw. Michael has done the Round Britain 1999, the Round Ireland and Scotland several times, an attempt to Poland, Belize jungle training with Ray Mears, an Arctic Expedition (Baffin Island) and many, many sea journeys. When asked why he has entered the Great British RIB Rally he replied: “I have a newish boat fit for the task and need to do this trip in better style after roughing it in the Round Britain in 1999. I want to see this great country of ours again – and from the sea.”

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.

Great British RIB Rally website: <> – ends –

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The Great British RIB Rally 2010
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