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Re: Isle of Bute

Post by Renegadenemo » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:55 am

The sponsons aren't stuffed with soggy expanding foam this time around so they're much lighter and the water in the cockpit was blasted in there by propelling the boat through its own spray using a jet engine. We just hadn't spotted it until we got a bit of spare time at the games. No setup at all...
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Post by thunderer » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:11 am

i had wondered if that may have been the case regarding the sponsons. thanks for taking time to answer the question.

in regards to the cockpit water ingress, I take it, at present, there is no way to stop that occuring?
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Re: Isle of Bute

Post by Richie » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:49 am

When I swam out and climbed onboard, I may have dragged a bunch of water in with me too Bill.

As for next year I will need dates ASAP so I can book the time off, it’s going to be difficult for me as all. Politely, and with much respect and from me personally speaking for myself and not the team....... We need Coniston to get real now, give us a date in the warmer months or of our choosing and let’s get this thing done, or if not, bow out (with red faces and much embarrassment) so we can arrange somewhere else.
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Post by ace_chris » Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:12 pm

When are you guys planning on the all-out record attempt? You made it all look so flipping easy, and safe!! Obviously not with K7, but 12 months, a set of designs, and a welder, you can do it, easy!!!

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Post by ted.walsh » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:28 am

Ummm, no such thing as an easy record. Mincing along at 130 in something verified capable of double that is one thing, trying to nail an elusive long standing record where everyone who has tried has eaither failed or died at over 320 is another.
but i wouldn’t disagree that the combined experience of buildinding and operating such a craft shows the team is very capable of an attempt indeed.😎

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Re: Isle of Bute

Post by zaskar » Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:40 am

I know you guys get asked this a thousand times but please bear with me. :D

I came over last Monday and whilst having a FANTASTIC time (apart from pushing mother up that flippin' track in her wheelchair! - before we found the causeway! :lol: ) I was devastated not to see her run due to the fuelling issues. Would you believe we passed the hire van full of fuel as we left Rothsay dockside on the last ferry home!!!!! :cry: )

Anyway, I've got the chance to come over again for this Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday...............just to see her run.
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Post by ace_chris » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:29 am

Wise words indeed Ted! And, "Where there's a will (or a Bill!!) there's always a way!"

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Re: Isle of Bute

Post by Ranzaboy51 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:41 pm

I was thrilled to see Bluebird this afternoon, although I had to leave before she got underway (if she eventually did). My daughter Julie was producer of a BBC documentary 'Scots at Speed' back in (I think) around 2004/5 and interviewed Bill and Gina for a section of the programme devoted to Bluebird and Donald Campbell, who was very proud of his Scots heritage. He had been my boyhood hero, and I've read every book, and watched every piece of film I could find. Hearing about the crash on 4th January 1967 was one of my 'JFK' moments. I remember it so vividly.

I recall Julie telling me how helpful and friendly Bill and the crew were to her as a young film-maker, and it was so nice to see the team today talking and engaging with me and a few other Baby Boomers at Loch Fad.

Thank you so much, and congratulations on an unbelievable achievement.

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Re: Isle of Bute

Post by Black Knight » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:04 pm

After arriving on Bute Thursday afternoon & getting to the Loch in enough time to see her last run. All I can say is what a job. As good a living memorial to all concerned than any Spitfire is to the few.
Had a closer look at her today & chatted to Bill & Malcolm. Keep fighting guys, you deserve to see a lot more than having her locked in a dark museum for eternity.
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Re: Isle of Bute

Post by Andrew453 » Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:35 am

Can I just say a big thank-you to all those - Mike, Malcolm, whoever - involved in keeping the Twitter feed going this last couple of weeks. It has been a real god-send for those of us unable to get to the Isle. Now looking forward to Bill's next diary - should be an entertaining read!
But that's it team, your nice, quiet, relaxing holiday is over now... :D
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