About /Overseas Events
Solent Rib Charter has operated in many countries; we thought it might be interesting to mention some of our more unusual overseas assignments.
Volvo Ocean Race Rotterdam
In 2006, Solent Rib Charter took a fleet of 24 Ribs to Rotterdam to support the City as it hosted the Volvo Ocean Race stopover.
We watched the leg finish at 02.00 with our 192 VIP guests embarked but perhaps the most memorable part was supplying an escort to the barge carrying DJ Eric Tiesto into the upper basin where 250,000 had gathered for a free concert. We were tasked by the City to make an arrow formation with all 24 boats and tour the basin perimeter at high speed dispensing orange smoke in support of the Dutch football team.
Perhaps the most unexpected image in our library is one of a Rib supporting an Extreme 40’ catamaran as part of the Extreme race series near St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice. A really interesting job and a great end to a season that included events in Spain, Holland, France Italy, Switzerland and Germany.
One of our more unusual jobs was supplying small mark laying Ribs to the Extreme 40’ race series in Hong Kong. Operating in Hong Kong harbour was as interesting and different as you might imagine. We managed to ship two Ribs in a single container by removing the windscreens and seat backs from both boats.
We have long enjoyed close links with the Sultanate of Oman. Oman has a passion for sailing and they are always well represented at important international events. For several years we shipped Ribs out to Oman for their sailing season and brought them back in time for the Northern European summer season.