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Anglesey RIB World Record!
HotRIBS Trophy

RIB World Record Trophy - Round Anglesey

Crystal Trophy - Up for Grabs!

Sir Ynys Mon - Isle of Anglesey


Circumnavigation of Anglesey Challenge.
HotRIBS has offered a trophy to the team who establishes a speed record for circumnavigating the Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Mon) in North Wales in a rigid hull inflatable boat (RIB). The course is back dropped by the magnificent mountains of Snowdonia, crossed by the famous Britannia and Menai Bridges and, although less than 80 nm in distance, is dominated by four fearsome passages on the route around the island. These being Carmel Head; South Stack; Caernarfon Bar and the notorious Swellies in the Menai Straits. Exceptional planning and seamanship is essential. Competition for the trophy can only be undertaken at certain times as the rigorous speed restrictions along the narrow Menai Straits make an attempt in the busy summer months prohibitive.

The trophy will be engraved with the names and times of any record breakers and will be kept on display at the Royal Anglesey Yacht Club at Beaumaris. Pilot and navigator will also receive a piece of crystal as a permanent memento of their achievement.

Open to all comers, start and finish at the discretion of the challenge team;
2. Crew are free to establish their own course and direction (clockwise or anticlockwise);
3. The circumnavigation to be undertaken in a rigid hull inflatable boat as defined by the RIB National Authority BIBOA. (;
4. Compliance with the requirements of the RYA Red Book ( Round Britain and other Long Distance Records) except that HotRIBS will accept official timings by the designated timekeeper as a World Record, subject to ratification as a National Record.

Requirements (cont..)
This is to keep administration costs to a minimum for any competitors. Contact the RYA for copies of the RYA Red Book.
RYA scrutinised vessel and safety kit. Scrutineer nominated by RYA;
6. RYA timekeepers on the day for the record timing, nominated by RYA;
7. Passage plan submitted to RYA along with red book paperwork;
8. Permission must be gained from Ynys Mon (Isle of Anglesey) Maritime Officer and Caernarfon Harbour Master to exceed the speed restrictions in place along the Menai Straits. IMPORTANT: Record attempts will only be permitted during out of season months, contact harbour authorities for available periods;
9. All sailing clubs and training centres along the Menai Straits and Holyhead Coastguard must be advised prior to any challenge date;
10. HotRIBS.Com to be notified of any impending attempt.

Contacts for Any Attempt
Ynys Mon Maritime Officer : Geoff Lowe email:

Caernarfon Harbour Master : Richard Jones email:

HotRIBS : Kevin Goulding Tel: 0845 660 7960 or email:

RYA : John Puddifoot or Shelia Wright Tel: 023 80 604238 or email:

BIBOA : RIB Definition Rules, General Secretary BIBOA - Helen Strickland Tel: 01590 622067 or email:

19 November 2006