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.

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. 

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Friday
Jul242015

First cruise for new BIBOA members

BIBOA Scottish Cruise May 2015

“Throttles down at 10.45” was the phrase that ended the briefing  on day one of our first cruise with Biboa.  Douglas, a Glaswegian with expert local knowledge of the Hebrides,  had gone through the days itinerary – rendezvous at Dunollie Castle for a quick coffee and to ensure all OK then onto Eigg for lunch and then on to Tobermory with a planned return to Oban around 6.00pm.   Sure enough at 10.45 am 8 ribs set off at full speed toward Eigg and so began our 5 day cruise.    It was quite a sight, 8 ribs of assorted colours and sizes racing down the strait towards our first rendezvous.  As we couldn’t all moor alongside the wall at Eigg some of us picked up the buoys and were ferried in by one of the ribs.  Lunch gave us the chance to meet new faces and have a brief wander around Eigg.  Onto Tobermory for chocolate and a quick drink before returning to Dunstaffanage for a debrief at the Wide mouthed frog and then left to our own devices for dinner.  One of the group recommended the Oyster Inn which was just up the road and where we had the most fantastic langoustines.

At the briefing on Day 2 Douglas produced a bag of hats and proceeded to explain their meanings and what to do if we saw him wearing a particular one whilst at sea.  He also had 2 hats to be awarded on a daily basis.  The captain’s hat for good seamanship and the “d...head”  cap for those daft actions you really wished no-one had noticed.  Day 2’s itinerary was first to the Isle of Seil for a coffee break and then onto Ardfern for lunch.  En route the radio suddenly blasted with a message that we were going to

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Sunday
Jun282015

Photos from Scotland by HotRibs

Album of photos taken on the 25th and last ScotRIB event run by Douglas Crocket.

Posted by HotRIBS on Friday, 26 June 2015

Sunday
Jun282015

A scottish briefing - Hot Ribs video 

Sunday
Jun072015

A few clips from the 2015 Scottish cruise

Saturday
Jun062015

Event calendar updates 

There are a few changes to the events calendar for this year
(all BIBOA members will have received an email detailing the relvant contact details to book places):

4th July
Summer lunch is booked at The Hut on the Isle of Wight.
Weather permitting, we will meet up in the morning for a cruise to a convenient location for a coffee stop, before meeting up at The Hut at 1.30 for lunch at 2.30pm. 

18th July
Lunch at Little Gloster.
Information will come out soon from Julian Lyas.

20th, 21st, 22nd July
Alderney and Jersey cruise.  Run by Julian Lyas and Chris Strickland.

24th to 26th July
Support to the America's Cup Trials.   Richard Salaman is the official Safety Officer for the day and is therefore creating his own safety team of some 50 ribs.  He can be contacted directly if anyone would like to get involved.  

BIBOA will be meeting on the Saturday, 25th July, ready to watch the 1.30 - 3pm session followed by a late lunch at The Mary Mouse in Portsmouth Harbour at 4pm.  Details will be on the website during that week. Run by Chris Strickland.

15th, 16th, 17th August
Dartmouth Cruise

5th, 6th, 7th September
Channel Islands and Cherbourg Cruise

10th, 11th October
Weymouth cruise

21st November
Saturday, Awards Dinner on-board HMS Warrior in Portsmouth 1830 hrs

22nd November
Sunday,  AGM at the Holiday Inn Express 10am

Friday
May292015

Scottish cruise photos now online

Here is a link to the photo gallery from this weeks fantastic Scottish cruise, more news on the event to follow:

http://www.biboa.com/cruising/highlands-and-islands-2015/

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

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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!

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