Why BIBOA?

To attend any BIBOA cruises or races you must be a fully paid up BIBOA member. The reason for this is that we pay for an expensive insurance policy that covers all event organisers for the liability of organising an 'event' of any size that another member or members attend. 

What is BIBOA?

BIBOA is the UK RIB club for those who like to cruise, race or just socialise in Rigid Inflatable Boats. Read more.

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Sunday
Feb222015

Anglesey World Record

Some photo here:
Through the Swellies at 50 knots
BIBOA member Marc Lyne, IT Director at Bupa and Engineer Dean Watson scorched the 8.25 metre Scorpion RIB, Ocean Devil around Anglesey in 1 hour 21 minutes to reduce the previous record by 14 minutes (subject to official confirmation).  They ran anti-clockwise starting at Beaumaris Pier, slowed whilst passing through the Skerries tidal race and ran at full speed through the Menai Strait where the usual speed limit of 5 mph had been officially relaxed and through the infamous rock strewn Swellies between the Britannia and Menai bridges. The Harbour Master and Coastguard carefully monitored the arrangements and several Yacht Clubs helpfully adjusted their sailing routines during the attempt.  Ocean Devil was constructed by the Lymington firms of Scorpion RIBs and Dave Crawford Marine both of which have previously assisted successful World Powerboat Record attempts. The pair were kindly sponsored by Raymarine. 
The few rough bits
Round Anglesey in 4 minutes
The whole video (1 hour and 21 minutes)
The track
And a few notes from Marc:

Launch boat

3 high speed runs just to check everything working fine

Tie up, wait for 20 minutes before rendezvous with Les and Gill the RYA timekeepers, Kevin Goulding (Hotribs.com), Alex from Powerboat and Rib Magazine at Baumaris Pier

DISASTER… turned the key and the engine did not start, WHAT!!

10 minutes of panic later, Mike Deacon on the phone, Charles from The Marine Club, Menai Bridge, suggested a knock on the started motor with a hammer, BINGO… started perfectly, we were off (starter motor has now been replaced).

After a quick meeting with the RYA timers; Les and Gill, and Kevin and Alex, we were off, for 1 mile in the wrong direction to get a run up to the start.

Full throttle trimmed out a little, reving a 3750 rpm, we were off, flat calm.

First set of slightly rough water, 1 meter confused sea was as we were getting near Point Lynas. A few blips of the throttle and a few awkward landings and a few airborne propeller noises and we were through in 5 minutes.

We trimmed in a little and put the left hand trim tab down a few notches so we could fly level, which dropped the speed by half a knot, but made the ride much safer.

The second area of confused sea was around Middle Mouse and the Skerries, again a few adjustments and 5 minutes later we were back in calmer water. The same again before and on the South Stack. Then we were in the calm running down milky soft seas down to the south west entrance to the Menai Strait. This is where we hit 4 knots of tide running against us. We skirted the edges as close as we dare to lessen the effect of the tide.

Then it was on to the big one… The Swellies. With some expert guidance from Dean, we were through… FEW… I had been fearing those rocks. The tide had lessened and we were back to full speed through to the finishing line.

Kevin from Hotribs.com very kindly gave us a bottle of Champagne and the existing record holder Ian Greenwood was there to congratulate us, FANTASTIC. Les and Gill confirmed our time as 1 hour 21 minutes. Perfect.

I have got to say, I have never driven a boat with the throttle fully open apart from a few blips, even in the few races I have done, but that Scorpion hull and the Yanmar did not miss a beat, absolutely perfect. Against the tide, the lowest speed we saw was on the GPS was 46 knots and the fastest 50knots.

Press coverage:

Powerboat and RIB Magazine. WOW!!! It was great that Alex joined on the day, and what a great article:
  
  

Subscribe here: http://www.powerboatandrib.com/index.php/subscribe-now

Hot Ribs:
- http://www.hotribs.com/03press/332-ribrecord/anglesey-ribrecord.asp

- http://forums.hotribs.com/showthread.php/3925-New-World-RIB-Record-Attempt

Motor Boat and Yachting:
http://www.mby.com/news/scorpion-rib-round-anglesey-record-45122 
And the printed version:
 

Hampshire Chronicle and Romsey Advertiser: - http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/11825466.Winchester_boatman_breaks_world_record/?ref=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
- http://www.romseyadvertiser.co.uk/news/winchester/11825466.Winchester_boatman_breaks_world_record/ 

 

Lymington Times and New Milton Advertiser: 

Rib Rides:
https://www.ribride.co.uk/blog/round-anglesey-record-smashed/ 

Monday
Jan192015

5 +2 +1 changes to the cruising calendar...

A couple of changes to the cruising calendar (in bold):

11th/12th April                 Weymouth cruise...
25th/26th April                  Honfleur cruise
23rd - 28th May                 Scotland cruise BIBOA25 (confirmed)
20th/21st/22nd June     Alderney/Carteret cruise Carteret
4th July                             Summer lunch and Competition at The Hut BIBOA25
18th July                           Isle of Wight, lunch at the Little Gloster
23rd - 26th July                 BIBOA support to America's Cup Trials Portsmouth
14th August                       Cowes Fireworks (confirmed)
15th/16th/17th August  Dartmouth & West Bay cruise
5th/6th/7th September  Channel Islands & Cherbourg cruise
10th/11th October          Weymouth
21s/22nd November           25th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Dinner and AGM BIBOA25

With the new year fast approaching we wanted to share the preliminary cruise schedule for 2015. All the dates have been added to the calendar here on the BIBOA web site: http://www.biboa.com/events-calendar/ (click 'Agenda view' then 'Look for more' several times to reveal the whole calendar for 2015. We will keep this calendar up to date throughout 2015 (BIBOA 25th anniversary year). For more information, please contact mary.puddifoot@mail.com.

Please remember to keep your 'boat details' up to date here on the BIBOA membership web site prior to joining any BIBOA cruise (http://membership.biboa.com).

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Saturday
Jan102015

Safety boats needed for Scillys event

Message from Glenn at Ocean Sport UK: 

We will be holding our event paddling from Scillys to Sennen on July 4th this year for individual and paired paddlers. We will also be holding a second race in September (date to be confirmed - same route) for Hawaiian canoes and stand up paddle boarders.
The number of entrants is restricted by the number of safety boats we can muster (one per craft). We would be looking for any boat which is 5m plus in length, has VHF comms and RYA powerboat cert level 2 - ideally crews with previous safety cover experience would be fantastic. I appreciate that these might restrict those who could help, please call or email me and thoughts on this.
At present we can guarantee fuel costs of steaming over to the Scillys and return fuel covering the event. We will also pay for one nights accommodation on the Scillys for two safety boat crew members - obviously we would also provide a goodie bag of event t-shirts and sponsor products (this will be confirmed closer to the time).
What I really need is volenteers numbers as soon as possible - I need this as we need to release how many people will be able to enter the race.
I hope this makes sense, if not or more info is needed please give me a call on 07533695031.
Please see our website with a video of last years crossing and info for this years event here http://www.thecelticcrossing.com.
I hope all is well and I look forward to talking with you soon.
Kind regards,

 

Friday
Jan092015

Better than a fairy...

BIBOA member Keith Singleton seems to have had a wild Xmas in Derbyshire Peak District, the BIBOA Under 6m trophy awarded to Keith and his daughter Kate with their RIB 'Murphy' took pride of place on top of the tree, better than a fairy!

Sunday
Dec072014

2015 preliminary cruise calendar 

28th/29th March             Weymouth cruise
25th/26th April                Honfleur cruise
23rd - 28th May              Scotland cruise BIBOA25 (confirmed)
20th/21st June                Alderney cruise
4th July                           Summer lunch and Competition at The Hut BIBOA25
18th July                         Isle of Wight, lunch at the Little Gloster
23rd - 26th July               BIBOA support to America's Cup Trials Portsmouth
14th August                     Cowes Fireworks (confirmed)
15th/16th August             Dartmouth cruise
5th/6th September          Channel Islands and Cherbourg cruise
21s/22nd November       25th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Dinner and AGM BIBOA25

With the new year fast approaching we wanted to share the preliminary cruise schedule for 2015. All the dates have been added to the calendar here on the BIBOA web site: http://www.biboa.com/events-calendar/ (click 'Agenda view' then 'Look for more' several times to reveal the whole calendar for 2015. We will keep this calendar up to date throughout 2015 (BIBOA 25th anniversary year). For more information, please contact mary.puddifoot@mail.com.

Please remember to keep your 'boat details' up to date here on the BIBOA membership web site prior to joining any BIBOA cruise (http://membership.biboa.com).

Sunday
Oct122014

Annual Dinner, awards and AGM

Saturday 22nd - Dinner and Awards

Sunday 23rd November 2014 - AGM

At The Filly Inn, Lymington Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO41 7UF
 

This year, our Annual Dinner and Awards Night will be held at a lovely New Forest Pub called The Filly Inn, in their very attractive function room.  The Filly Inn is

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Friday
May092014

Scotland cruise photos live

Photos from the first 3 days of the Scotland Highlands and Islands cruise are live here:

http://www.biboa.com/cruising/scotland-day-1-3rd-may-2014-shot-from-ocean-devil/

http://www.biboa.com/cruising/scotland-day-2-4th-may-2014-shot-from-ocean-devil/

http://www.biboa.com/cruising/scotland-day-3-5th-may-2014-shot-from-ocean-devil/

What a fantastic 3rd, 4th, 5th May cruising. More photos to follow here... 

A big thank you to Douglas Crocket for arranging another fantastic week on and off the water.

Monday
Mar242014

Menu for season opener Weymouth cruise

Monday
Jan202014

Last weekend in Anglesey

Last weekend after a 5 hour tow I did a bit of explooring around Anglesey. A beautiful day with fantastic scenery. Thanks to Dean Watson for showing me round and through the Swellies (friend of BOBOA member Andy Micklewright, thanks Andy, Dean was invaluable, the local knowledge was invaluable as the Swellies are interesting at low tide...)

Saturday afternoon.

Courtesy flag now flying ready for the next adventure around Anglesey

Saturday
Nov232013

Highlands and islands cruise dates for 2014

Dougie Crocket has anounced the dates for next years Highlands and islands cruise.
3rd May 2014 until about 8th May based at Dunstaffnage Marina, Oban.
Most crews will stay at the Wide Mouth Frog.
High water at Oban 10:30hrs BST approx on the 3rd of May for those needing to launch.
4th May will be the first official day of the cruise, although a few of us may be out on the Saturday.
Meet in the Frog bar at 10:00 on the 4th for first official first full day cruise.

Here are a few links to some previous years:

 

 

http://www.biboa.com/home/2013/5/11/...ng-better.html
Oban cruise 2012 - 29 April to 5 May
http://www.biboa.com/home/2012/5/12/...-scotland.html
May 2011 cruise kyleakin skye
clyde cruise from 20th 28th may 2009

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