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    To all those who missed out on this trip, you should seriously consider a 10 day hovercraft trip covering some 800km of fantastic loughs, rivers and sea.

    To those who are not members of the HCGB......neither are the Irish guys. It is they who created this excursion.

    The people we met and the sights we saw along the way were great.

    The hospitality, warmth and sociability of a landlord, a traveler woman, a farmer, a University professor are what makes some of the tales of this trip.

    David, Tim and Lynn, and Philip were excellent hosts and guides through the maze of the Irish land.

    I will put up some of the highlights and pictures over the next few days.

    Chris
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    Thanks Chris.
    This was the 5th Irish International Cruise and this year we decided that wewould make it international, both by the make up of participants and by hovering across the national border into Fermanagh in the UK. The areas hovered included:
    Lough Ree
    Lough Key
    Glencar Lake
    Lough McNean (international section)
    Lough Allen
    Lough Gill
    Tralee Bay
    River Shannon
    River Suck.
    As well as a number of smaller lakes.

    For those of you who may not have heard of this cruise before, I can only tell you that it is the most laid back cuising that you will ever do. We take a very easy approach to time. The reaction of the locals has to be seen to be believed. One Traveller woman handed over the keys to her property so that we could more easily retrieve the crafts. @just leave the keys on top of the wall when you're finished' she said as she left for home. At the same place, a local publican gave us free use of his barn for camping. He regularilly does this for bikers, cyclists, walkers etc.

    Here is a list of some of the highlights over the yers:
    I've been thinking back over the 5 years history of this cruise, how it has grown and some of the characters that we have met. The 1st year was just a long weekend playing around on Lough Derg. This was also the only time that Derg behaved itself. This year we started in Leitrim, hovered over the border to Fermanagh, and covered all the counties down to Kerry in the far south of the country. The winds on Derg this year were 5-7, so we had to give it a miss and carried on to Tralee.

    Memories over the years would have to include:

    Irish, British and Dutch participants,
    Bearded goat,
    The meeting of the chairmen,
    Traveller women and the aeronautonics professor,
    Camping in a barn at the back of Lukers Bar,
    Winding Jake up,
    Lazy mornings and afternoon starts,
    Masses of food produced at 2am by Mary,
    Poachers helping to load craft,
    A craft loosing 1 complete side of its skirting and still being driven back to the slip,
    1/2 price camping because the son was given a jaunt around Lough Ree,
    128 km in a day,
    Visiting a museum,
    Looking at the facinated faces of visitors seeing their first Gaelic football game,
    Late night chats,
    The sheer variety of craft taking part,
    Mad German in a golf cart,
    700km,
    The craic and the tiredness,
    Mary, Lin and Tim,
    etc etc etc
    Slán,
    David.

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    Due to very small d'interwebby pipe I cant' post much video, this bridge was low and the water flow and wind strong. This was on the way back from a trip out along the bay. How far can aVortex go on a full tank?


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    Brilliant shots.

    On the fly-by I asked Becky to stand up with her head at Duct height to see if we would fit under.

    We had a good six inches to spare at 'over the hump' height. The flow was probably the hardest challenge.

    The craft looks good with full running lights on.

    Chris
    Chris and the boys

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    Great tuitional on how to judge bridge heights! Heartstopping stuff under the bridge - I was waiting for the bang as the duct made contact!
    Keith

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    The operator of this craft did not achive the required number of credits in this assessment and is therefor referred. However it is possible after appeal to the Appeals Board to apply to attempt the module at a later date .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Oakley View Post
    Great tuitional on how to judge bridge heights! Heartstopping stuff under the bridge - I was waiting for the bang as the duct made contact!
    Keith
    At least the height was marked on this one


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    'The operator of this craft did not achive the required number of credits in this assessment and is therefor referred. However it is possible after appeal to the Appeals Board to apply to attempt the module at a later date .'
    All appeals must be accompanied by a bottle of red lemonade dilutant.
    Slán,
    David.

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