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Pete Goss to take on Gore -Tex Arctic Challenge

by Carswell Gould on 14 May 2011
The GORE-TEX Arctic Challenge Team © Gore-Tex Products
Gore-Tex Arctic Challenge - Pete Goss will venture into the realm of offshore powerboating this summer when he takes part in a major RIB expedition.

The sailing hero will undertake his first major offshore RIB challenge as he takes part in the first ever GORE-TEX® Arctic Challenge.

He will travel from Scotland to the Arctic Circle in a tiny, six metre, Suzuki powered Humber RIB over the course of six days alongside a team of seven others.

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.

The gargantuan adventure was announced today (May 13) at RIBEX, the only boat show dedicated solely to rigid inflatable boats.

Speaking of his involvement in the challenge, Pete Goss said: 'My first experience of RIBs was during my time with the Royal Marines and from that moment I was hooked. Having owned a couple of big RIBs for the Team Philips project, I’ve learned how capable these boats can be in testing ship to shore operations and also how much fun they can be of course!

'What I haven’t had the opportunity of experiencing until now, is their full offshore potential. The thrill of taking two small RIBs over 100 miles offshore is what drew me to the GORE-TEX® Arctic Challenge. It will be testing for sure, but immense fun too, plus the Humber 6m RIBs will make the perfect ‘vehicles’ for exploring the rugged Scottish coastlines, the fjords of Norway and the dramatic cliffs at truly close quarters.'

Organiser, Hugo Montgomery-Swan, added: '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.

'It is our hope that by using small RIBS, we can show that experiencing fresh horizons and undertaking offshore adventures should not just be a prerogative of owners of much larger craft. By travelling in small boats we will be much more connected with the environment, experiencing the wind in our faces just as those who traversed these seas once did over 1,000 years before.'

Over six days the group will have to battle against all that the North Sea can throw at them. The open vessels will offer little protection from the icy winds as they travel an average 120 miles per day at around 20 knots all the way to the Arctic. Their longest day will see them travel 230 nautical miles in a grueling 11.5 hour stint.

The team will be kept safe with top-of-the-range equipment while they traverse the icy conditions. Hugo says: 'We are incredibly lucky to have THE GORE-TEX® brand as title sponsor. The GORE-TEX® clothing could literally prove a lifesaver if we are unfortunate enough to encounter a man-over-board situation. The Musto HPX dry-suits with GORE-TEX® Pro Shell Ocean Technology® are the most highly developed protective marine offshore clothing technology yet developed and we will be grateful for it when the cold arctic winds are blowing!'

The trip will follow the following route:

Day one: 120 miles from Wick in the Scottish Highlands to Lerwick on the Shetland Islands
Day two: 230 miles from Lerwick to Maloy in Norway
Day three: 100 miles from Maloy to Kristiansund in Norway
Day four: 145 miles from Kristiansund to Rorvic in Norway
Day five: 86 miles from Rorvic to Sandnessjoen in Norway
Day six: 86 miles from Sandnessjoen to Rognan in Norway (in the Arctic Circle)

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 Gordon.

For the first time for a challenge of this nature, people at home will be able to keep right up-to-date via onboard tracking technology that will feed to social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook, and the challenge website. The crew will feed video, photography and blog updates back from the thick of the action and will be able to answer any questions enthusiasts may have.

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 30lph, an average of 180 litres of petrol (approx 40 gallons) a day. Similarly, the Suzuki engines have been specifically chosen for their energy efficiency.

The challenge has strong backing from several high-profile sponsors, including:

GORE-TEX® products
Humber RIBs
Suzuki engines
Musto clothing
Towergate Mardon
Ullman seats
Icom UK
Lowrance
Garmin
SeaSafe life jackets
Stratumfive

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