Tag: RIB

Eastbourne Airshow by boat 2015

We were fully booked for the 2015 Eastbourne Airshow for all of the four days. From a birthday party group to a fancy dress bunch of Bay watch groupies.
Red arrows Eastbourne Airshow
Every loved the view you get of the Airshow from the water as we can get much closer to the action than those on the beach. Plus no traffic to deal with getting to and from the show.
Rib Charter to Eastbourne Airshow
The highlight of Saturdays trip was the Vulcan bomber which did an anazimg display and made epic noise.
Airborne eastbourne boat rides

Miss Isle’s French connection sailing with Natasha Lambert

Natasha Lambert’s sailing adventure across the English channel on 1st July 2013.  Piloting Miss Isle her specially converted 6.5m Mini Transat yacht.  Natasha is able to steer & trim the sails by sipping and blowing into a tube. The boat was modified by her dad and it works very well.Natasha leaving boulogneNatasha setting sail from Boulogne Harbour in France setting course for Dover harbour in the UK
escort vessels leaving BoulongeOur RIB Aintree and the Cat Wet Wheels leaving their moorings ready to follow Miss isle across the English Channel
miss sile passing Cap Gris nezMiss Isle passes Cap Gris-Nez on the French coast before turning NW towards Dover. Natasha is maintaining an epic pace of 7-8 knots along the French coast. We are ahead of schedule now.
miss isle shipping lanesMiss isle passed very close to the stern of this massive tanker. 230 meters long and doing 12 knots.
Miss isle enters Dover HarbourMiss Isle arrives at the Western entrance of Dover Harbour to be greeted by the press sho where picked up earlier by Wet wheels. Also The Dover RNLI lifeboat comes out to greet Natahsa and congratulate her on her amazing achievement. To see the BBC news taking to Natasha click here.  To sponsor Natasha here

wet wheels press boat
Wet wheels
dover RNLI lifeboat welcomeDover lifeboat from Aintree.

Last kayak escort trip of the season

Last kayak escort trip of the season two guys from Eastbourne paddling for a cancer charity.  Course plotted we set off from Rye Harbour at 06:30.  With the kayak on board we headed round to folkestone which took 30 mins. We unloaded the kayak and the guys set off.kayak-shipping-lanesWe plotted a course taking into account the tides and wind with an estimated time of arrival at Cap Gris Nez in France after 4 hours.Channel Course Plotted for KayakThe guys met some serious wakes from the container ships. Photo below shows a 3 meter wake. The kayak is 22ft long and struggles to get over it!! You can see the white cliffs of Dover in the distance.Container Ship has a massive wakeFour hours later they touch down in France. We over took 3 swimmers and 1 big rowing boat who where also crossing at the same time.This was the last of 12 kayak crossings this summer. Looking forward to next season already.Kayak reaches French coast

Kayak the channel Video

These three guys got across very quickly.  To see the details of their trip the blog can be found here.  The video is also a good watch.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Oz4kxyJuTM[/youtube] If your looking for a safety boat to guide you across the worlds busiest shipping lanes by Kayak then contact us to discuss your trip further. You can see what it required for the trip here.

Cap gris nez France by Kayak

Filming at Illfracombe North Devon

Filming at Illfracombe North Devon with the RIB Aintree. Some shots of the trip and area below a shot of Illfracombe harbour. The slipway is only useable 2 hours before and after high tide as you can see from the last photo.
Illfracombe harbour with rib
There were two choppers on hire as well. Three good boys toys on one rugby pitch.
Boys toys
Lundy Island was interesting as only 21 people live there. Interesting disembarking there with a ferry pier the only way off. A 10 knot easterly made for a choppy sea and the rest of the island is just cliffs..
camera crew on riblundy from rib
The Lundy ferry arrived while we were there.lundy ferry arrives
The friendly ferry crew let us board through their side door. The ferry took the swell out of the situation .
Lundy Ferry
George practising his rib driving skills for when he next gets beached.Rib on mud Illfracombe HarbourThe whole day was a good experience and showed that the Bristol channel and the English channel have something in common apart from the channel bit!! They both have rough and confused seas….

Rib Charter Rye to Arundel

We took a Rib Charter from Rye to Arundel in East Sussex yesterday. We have always wanted to run up The river Arun from Littlehampton to Arundel to have some lunch.

Littlehampton harbour entrance
We arrived when the tide was flooding and followed a fishing boat in through the shallows which helped as he definitely had local knowledge. After 20 mins at 6 knots we arrived in Arundel where we moored up and headed in to town for a bit to eat.
arundel mooring
The trip from Rye to Arundel return was 135 miles and we used 270 litres of fuel!!. On the return journey about 10 miles off Brighton we came across a wind farm test facility pic below for the new wind farm.
wind farm hastings bank

Things to do in Rye

Looking for things to do in Rye during your stay. We can offer boat rides from Rye Harbour a mile outside town or if you came by train we can pick you up from the centre of Rye at the Strand Quay.

Other things to do in Rye

The Rye bay boat trip starts at £12 per person and runs most weekends. It is best to contact us to book as spaces fill up fast.

Longer charters are available in either the RIB or the Honda Powerboat experience where you get to drive.

Rye bay boat trips £14pp

Rye bay Boat tripAre you Staying in Rye or Camber for the Easter weekend. We are offering boat trips round Rye bay on the 6th,7th,8th & 9th of April. £14 per person for 30 mins on board our RIB. We can seat 9 passengers per trip. Each trip takes in Camber Sands & the fairway buoy 2 miles off the Sussex coast. For more details of these trips see Rye Bay boat trips

Booking your seat

Early booking is highly recommended as the seats fill up fast. You can book online or do contact us

P1 Powerboats racing at Eastbourne Extreme

Eastbourne Extreme will be hosting a round of the P1 Superstock Powerboat race series. On the weekend of the 14th & 15th of July. Eastbourne is round 3 of five in the one make series.

We will be offering boat trips out to see the racing up close. We will have 9 seats on our RIB available each race. These boats powered by Evinrude 250hp two stroke outboards can reach speeds of up to 65mph. The seas off Eastbourne should make for good racing.

Check out the boats in action below. Details of prices & availability will be updated soon. Like our Facebook page or Follow us on twitter to hear first & get 15% discount on your seat.

Kayak the English Channel

Kayak the english channelWe can help you Kayak the English Channel using our local knowledge and cross channel experience. From you first ideas to planning the trip we can make your crossing happen.

We have RIB safety boats to escort you across the worlds busiest shipping lanes. This is quite a challenge when your in a Kayak that can only travel at 2 -5 knots. Some of the large ships travel at 20 knots so timing is everything. Our ribs have Radar & AIS (Automatic Identification system) which allows us to track oncoming ships from up to 100 miles away.

If your thinking of crossing & require a kayak for the job then contact Epic Life in Hastings who have great experience in Kayaking across. Even if you have never paddle before Cliff will be able to train you up in a very short time. The last person to cross in August last year had only been kayaking for 3 months. He got across in 6 hours. Contact us to discuss your trip ideas.