They're going Round British Isles in a RIB

Three teenagers aiming to circumnavigate the British Isles and Ireland in a RIB set off last weekend.

Due to a suitable weather window, Jack Haigh, Archie Ward and Harry Edwards departed Sea View Yacht Club, Isle of Wight, a day earlier than previously planned, on Sunday 8 July at 10.30am.

They stopped off Weymouth to investigate an overheat signal from the starboard engine and discovered a plastic bag was wrapped round the cooler intake. They removed it and continued to Falmouth, maintaining an average speed of 37 knots.

Their RIB, equipped with twin 250hp Evinrude E-TEC engines, arrived in Falmouth in 5 hours 5 minutes.
The fuel consumption was on target and no problems were reported.

Yesterday (Monday 9 July) they left for Kinsale, Cork and with an estimated 7 ½ hours ahead of them, set off early at 6am.

The day proved quite difficult with a wind force of 5/6 and wave height of 20ft at times.

Time for the crossing was nine hours at an average speed of 28 knots, including stops for food and repairs.

The starboard engine worked loose in the conditions, causing some wear to the securing bolts. This morning a BRP authorised engineer in Cork was due to make repairs.

Also the nav light welding was ripped off by a rogue wave but is still attached by a wire.

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