BIBOA RIB Race 10 – 16 June 1990 – improved quality in 4K

The British Inflatable Boat Owners Association (BIBOA) is/was(?) the UK RIB club for those who like to cruise and socialise in Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs).

The Association was formed in 1990 following the first Round Scotland cruise/race and is recognised by both the RYA and the UIM as the UK National Authority for Rigid Inflatable Boats.

This video shows many fantastic looking RIBs. It really is a must see RIB video. The race was called “Highlands and Islands RIB Race” held from 10 to 16 June 1990.

I improved the video image quality and upscaled it to 4K. To enjoy it to the fullest, change the settings in the YouTube video to 4K: click settings then quality then 2160p (= 4K).

Bold 95 knots ZULU 33P Nordic Explorer Ullman Seats


“Our experience from building race and military vessels ensures that you are well prepared to challenge the sea and your driving skills to achieve your goals. We believe that the pilot’s fitness should be the limiting factor, not how the vessel is built.”

Team Zulu has an impressive background in composite manufacturing and are at the forefront in building high-performance boats for individuals, racing teams and police/military.

For such usage Ullman seats were chosen. Check out these videos for more Ullman Seats.

Their boats are designed in cooperation with Adam Younger and Petter Martens some of the best designers in the industry and members of RIBs ONLY – and built in Vaxholm, Sweden.

You can find the specs through this link.

So proud to share that Ullman Dynamics is a good Friend of RIBs ONLY.


Team Page “Puma Racing Team” is Live

RIBs Only is proud to announce that the team Page of the Puma Racing Team is live! Meet the 2022 team, their RIB and outboard on this page.

The page will be updated with their palmares and links to action shots as the racing seasons progress.

You can meet the team, sponsors and their awesome fan base at this event.

The Puma Racing Team Invites You!

Puma Racing Team - Belgium @ RIBs ONLY - Home of the Rigid Inflatable Boat
Puma Racing Team – Belgium

Our Belgian Puma Racing Team invites you on Saturday, May 28th from 15:00 to their team day. It will be a fantastic day, knowing team owner en manager Xavier Derille.

The ambitious team races internationally and has won the European Championship in 2021, a super achievement. It is there that skills evolve and the powerboats and engines are put to the test.

Real offshore racing is a feast for the eyes and ears, I must admit.

International racing places high demands on the drivers, the hardware and the management. You need a fair amount of money as well. And it must be said, the pilots can rely on great sponsors and a powerful fan base.

Above all, it requires many hours of training, a high degree of technical skills and sacrifices. Few people are aware of this. Xavier and co-pilot Jeroen Haverbeke have that indispensable determination.

No doubt this team day will be awesome and their impressive RIB is on display as well. RIBs ONLY will be there as well.

The location is: Kouter 250, 9800 Deinze, Belgium. Need more info or interested in sponsoring, contact Xavier .

Let’s meet!

Puma Racing Team – Near Crash

Near Crash

I got the chance to interview the Team Owner en Manager of the Puma Racing Team, Xavier Derille about the race in Benalmadena Spain. This race was under the auspices of the UIM. That says that this is the real stuff.

What happened with the Puma Racing Team at the start of heat 2

As you have seen, the weather conditions were not the best. At the start of heat 2 we had a very good start. We had a bit too much nose-lift during training and decided to provide 25 kg all the way in the front of the nose.

In order to offer us the indispensable view during the take-off procedure, we also had the flaps set.

During the race we both noticed an approaching wave just too late (00:21) and in a split second we were almost perpendicular to the water. The flaps hit the next wave and the bow flipped down.

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