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Scottish RIB Challenge 28th May - 3rd June
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The peaceful Lochinver harbour came complete with its resident seal. Otters sometimes walk the pier looking for an easy meal and on one occasion a thresher shark was to be seen on the slabs of the adjoining fish market.

A glimpse of the mountain stack "Suilven" which dominates the skyline over Lochinver on a clear day.

Lochinver is the chief village of Assant which is a rocky moonscape area littered with hundreds of hill lochs and lochans. The rocks are Britain's oldest at 2,800 million years old.


Pictured, Right • From northwest to northeast mainland Britain we arrived in Scrabster. During the overnight stay the wind speed increased to the forecasted F7. Wind over tide and gale force winds make this Firth one of the most dangerous in the world.

Pictured, Right • The fleet in Scrabster Harbour, refuelled and rested, just waiting to go on the last leg.


After a day's layover in Scrabster, while the winds blew through, the following dawn brought with it a flat calm harbour scene.18 RIBS set out for the Pentland Firth to return to Inverness. 17 RIBS set off from Inverness and 18 completed the Challenge. How did this happen? Well, a crew of two brothers from Largs who were cruising around Oban met up with the Challenge fleet and immediately signed up to take part.Certainly a first in this, the 10th Anniversary of the 1990 inaugural Round Scotland.

Bravo everyone, who all for the first time ever, completed the challenge.  

Pictured, Left •New HotRIBster Vernon Smith, callsign Tigershark, was pleased to have completed the circumnavigation in one of the smaller RIBS (Avon Searider)

Pictured Left, Below
• RIBS arriving at North Kessock (Inverness) after a week circumnavigating Scotland

A very special mention must go to two people

The Association's Honorary President, Michael Alexander, who conceived the original challenge and who once again completed the circumnavigation on this its 10 anniversary. Secondly John Harvey, the Association's Vice - Commodore who organised the whole event.

Thank you both for such a for a Great Challenge.