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Circle RIB Challenge
The trip will follow the
The challenge has strong backing from several high-profile sponsors, including:
and team to take on first ever GORE-TEX® Arctic
Challenge in tiny RIBS
The group of seven men and one woman will take part in the first ever GORE-TEX® Arctic Challenge and travel from Scotland to the Arctic Circle in tiny, six metre, Suzuki powered Humber RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) over the course of six days.
It is the first time the route has been battled in such small RIBS and the team has taken on the challenge in a bid to prove the capability of the modern day RIB.
Speaking at the launch organiser, Hugo
Montgomery-Swan, said: “We seek to
be modern-day footstep followers of the
Vikings, amongst the greatest small-boat
navigators to ever traverse the northern
seas, as we endeavor in some small way,
aboard our little craft, to aspire to their
open-boat prowess and spirit of adventure.
Navigating the way will be offshore RIB
adventurer and record holder, Paul Lemmer.
He will be joined by; offshore challenge
expert, Hugo Montgomery-Swan, quarter
master Julian Hutson Saxsby, mechanic
and logistics expert Mark Beeley, photographer
and blogger Ed Gould, sailor Pete Goss,
Gore representative, Andy Warrender and
intrepid Telegraph journalist, Bryony
The crew will also document its findings of flora, fauna and sea life along the way, reporting information to the Net Gain Marine Conservation Zone Project. The study is actively seeking the alliance of mariners and boat owners operating in the area to assist in the gathering of information in relation to the ecology of the seas.
In a bid to keep the trip as green as
possible the RIBs will travel at 20 knots.
At this speed it is estimated that the
engines will burn no more than about 30
litres per hour, an average of 180 litres
of petrol (approx
40 gallons) a day. Similarly, the Suzuki
engines have been specifically chosen for
their energy efficiency.