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Why Port and Starboard?

Why Port and Starboard?

1 month ago

In the nautical world the terms port and starboard are used instead of left and right to define which side of a boat or ship we’re talking about. If you are facing the bow (pointy end or front) of the boat, the port side is on the left and starboard on the right. But why don’t sailors use left and right? Where did port and starboard come from? Well, like other words and phrases in the English language (toe the line, swinging a cat, chock a block, above board, etc), the answer lies in nautical history. Starboard (or Right) Before boats had rudders they were steered with a steering oar which was operated from the stern (or back) of the boat on the right hand side, because most people, both then and now, are right handed. The word starboard comes from the old English word ‘steorboard’ which meant the side

Bareboat Rib charter

Rib Hire on Your Holiday?

5 months ago

Hiring a rib for a day or half day can allow you to get to places you may not be able to normally reach. Around the Solent there are parts of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight coast that is only accessible by boat, so even at the busiest times in the summer you can find somewhere quiet and less visited. But if you are holidaying somewhere more remote hiring a Rib locally can be difficult or simply not possible. At Rib-it we understand this, which is why we can deliver our Ribs all over the UK from the Scottish Isles the Scilly Isles. Of course to make this viable you would need to hire the Rib for at least a week, but if you are somewhere a little remote a Rib delivered to your location can make for a stress-free start to the holiday. To prove the point skippers

Lendy Cowes Week

Lendy Cowes Week

6 months ago

Saturday 4th August – Saturday 11th August 2018 The biggest event of the British sailing season is fast approaching – Lendy Cowes Week is the ultimate mix of yacht racing and Cowes based fun! We will of course be providing Rib charter, hire and Rib excursions to see the racing up close as well as running guests to and from the mainland, avoiding what can be some very long ferry queues. The Racing Many race starts are just off Cowes on the Royal Yacht Squadron start line, but one great advantage of being aboard a Rib is that you can go to all the start lines and be in the best position to see the sailing action. Our skippers are very experienced and will put the Rib in the right place, close to the most exciting marks to watch the action before whizzing back to the finish line. There is

The Round the Island Race

8 months ago

One of the biggest yacht races in the world, the Round the Island Race is a one-day event attracting around 1,600 yachts and up to 15,000 sailors, which also makes it one of the biggest participation sport events in the UK. The race itself is a complete circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight. Competitors come from the UK and Europe as well as the USA and beyond to race the 50 nautical miles around the Isle of Wight. Starting from Cowes, the fleet races to The Needles and around St Catherine’s Point to Bembridge returning to the Solent and the finish line at Cowes. There are many vantage points on the shore to watch the race but you need to get up early as the first yachts set off from Cowes at 6am  reaching Fort Victoria by around 8am and rounding the Needles between 8 and 10am – depending on the

Volvo Ocean Race Cardiff 2018

The Volvo Ocean Race Comes to Cardiff

9 months ago

The spring weather may not be great but at Rib-it we are planning for sunnier days and a visit from one of the biggest sailing events in the world. The 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race, or VOR, is the world’s longest sailing race with competitors having to navigate 45,000 nautical miles across four oceans stopping off at 12 major cities on the way. The VOR is the test for professional sailing crews racing in more or less identical 65 foot yachts. For the first time in over ten years the VOR will be returning to British shores with Cardiff hosting the Sky Ocean Rescue In-Port Race. Cardiff’s waterfront will be transformed into a yacht racing village for two weeks with a variety of Volvo Ocean Race themed activities that should help to generate a fantastic atmosphere. The race village will open from Sunday 27th May – 10th June and will be

Corporate rib charters

Try Something Different for your Client Event or Staff Day Out

11 months ago

This is the time of year to plan your client event or staff reward day. If you are looking for something a little different why not try a water based event – we are an island after all and the sea is never too far away. A Rib charter day out on the protected and scenic waters of the Solent could be exactly what you are looking for. RIB Charter Events Rib Charter events can be great fun and they work equally well for entertaining clients or for a staff team day. A fun way to say ‘thank you’. We can take care of the event from start to finish. We have excellent local knowledge of the Solent and know the best venues for meetings and eating out. Team Building Days For a fun corporate team building day our Solent Rib Treasure Hunt takes some beating. We run from treasure hunts

Winter Rib charter

Winter Rib Charters

1 year ago

The days are short, the weather cold and the sky is often grey rather than blue as we settle into the winter months. Christmas and the New Year are distractions but we tend to hibernate to stay warm over the darker, shorter days. But winter days can be beautiful on the water. The hustle and bustle of the summer months is gone, replaced by some wonderful calm, crisp days where we often have the Solent to ourselves! On the water in winter a cold snap is often accompanied by calm seas and light winds that allow you to blast your way around the Solent. This is one of the reasons we operate our Rib Charters all year round. Lunch in the Pub! Stop off in Yarmouth or Cowes where you can stroll the quite streets of these great Island seaside towns, or duck into the nearest pub for some good

Corporate Rib Charter

Corporate Rib Charter Days on the Solent

1 year ago

If you are looking for a special company event, a Corporate Rib Charter day is an exciting option! We provide Rib charters for small and large groups which could see you blasting around the Solent at high speed with the flexibility to return to shore whenever you want and enjoy some excellent hospitality – and with 15 years of experience, we know the best places to go. We can even provide a range of branding options for the boats on your charter day. If you would like something competitive our tablet based treasure hunts might be the answer. We run these from a number of ports around the Solent including Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington as well as Cowes and Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. Ribs are also a great way to entertain clients or staff at the big events on the Solent.  Major annual regattas like Cowes Week and the Round the Island Race are very popular and we are able to opt in and out of the