Commercial /Olympics - Official Rib Charter supplier
Solent Rib Charter was selected by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to be the Official Rib Charter supplier for the London 2012 games. SRC provided eight boats in Hyde Park for the marathon swimming and twenty four boats in Weymouth with skippers.
Press and media
The Ribs in Weymouth were tasked with taking the international press and media out onto the courses during the racing as well as the principal BBC news crew and ‘anchor’, gold medallist Shirley Robinson OBE.
SRC was also selected as the Official Rib Charter supplier to Dorset Police, supplying both the Police and Royal Navy with a total of forty Ribs including sixteen designated as firearms Ribs for security around the Olympic Venue in Weymouth.
In addition to the Games themselves, SRC had significant contracts to supply Ribs to train the Navy and Police in the months preceding the games at HMS Jupiter in Devon and the Dorset Police Marine Unit in Portland.
Solent Rib Charter had a total of seventy two boats operational in Weymouth for a period of twenty five days with full twenty four hour operational support. We deployed a team of our own technicians and our mobile workshop.
Running eight Ribs on the Serpentine was an interesting and unusual deployment! It is was an experience unlikey to be repeated. We fitted prop guards to all vessels to protect the swimmers.