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Old 19 May 2011, 16:12   #11
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Talking to some of the guys from the Port of London yesterday, they are requiring all boats operating on the Thames to be coded, whatever the RYA say.
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Old 20 May 2011, 03:51   #12
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Just a question. What coding do you think a Rib laying marks needs? or taking it further what coding do you think a members boat acting as a committee boat at a club event in the Solent needs? BTW there will be no exemptions at the Olympics.. All boats will be coded where deemed necessary by the MCA, to what catagory depends on what it is doing.
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It would be cheaper to code them than it is to buy them.

They have bought a fleet of boats to look good in a 'UK/Olympic corporate' way - if you are going to do it, then do it properly.

If you or I were to say to the MCA that we didn't need full coding to provide safety boat cover for an event for the reasons that you give above - how far do you think you'd get?

Also - who is operating the boats? RYA peeps operating under an exemption, or commercial, qualified skippers?

the boats will be used by people who have given up there time freely, all will need to be at least pb2, these boats are not to be confused with the commercial boats that are plying for business and getting paid.
as for how far would i get, well you could get local authority to inspect them with nominated port, (boatman licence), but that has it's own problems in this case.
i am a commercial skipper with a coded rib, i won't be using my boat and i will be doing the olympic's for nothing and all the test events leading up to it, forgive me for being blunt but the only people moaning about this are the one trying to earn out of it

i don't know for sure but i think the new boats and engines were done on a buy back scheme or maybe donated,i think this was put out to general tender but they couldn't get enough of the right boats and people wanted paying
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Talking to some of the guys from the Port of London yesterday, they are requiring all boats operating on the Thames to be coded, whatever the RYA say.
i don't think there is any sailing in london so i'm assuming these will be charter boats
i would take this gossip as what it is, charter boats should be coded i might be wrong on this next point, but as the rya sponsor team gbr they can only advise as to get involved may be a conflict of interests, the decission is locog's
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Hi Biffer,

I don't particularly have a problem with the way they are running it - or who drives the boats. I just think that the RYA 'exemption' and the way it is sometimes used leaves grey areas - and it gets abused more than people think. I could see a scenario where someone with limited experience gets themselves into a situation on an exempted boat - and pays the consequences. I know that in a fleet environment this is unlikely - at the Olympics, I've no doubt that there will be someone with experience overseeing all of it anyway - but I think it's a concern at a more local level with some clubs.

On the Olympics - I assume that there will be some level of kit required - even the RYA minimum standard - or is it just a blanket exemption?

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Please read #12 any answer? There are a lot of people that have more experience with the minimum qualifications but lots more experience in their field of expertise than a lot of people with Commercial endorsements.Biff see's both sides and talks sense.
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