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Old 10 May 2013, 18:23   #41
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rockraider - that sounds like a challenge to manage - i wonder how you know which of the 350 skippers are good / bad (not just have the certificate), and if you are can't pick n choose if your control is any better than the other club. Interested to know what additional training you do with your guys. One club I know of had never run and major incident exercises and thought it was a crazy suggestion.

9d280 - its not unusual for a small club to have only one boat afloat. Not all have a shore contact with a radio either.
Challenge is one word for it. We use a software system designed by 2 of our members, called Dutyman. Members are invited to choose their duties at the beginning of the season. We know historically who have performed well in the past and will aim to put the best ones out in the Bay where the conditions are a lot tougher. We have used a questionnaire to all members on record as driving Safety Boats and have asked some fairly searching questions and asked for their experience and qualifications and what courses / training they would like to undertake to improve their confidence / abilities. On the whole the feedback has been very good and we have extended the training as requested. We now have a regular largish group of drivers who have gained a lot of experience and qualifications because they are interested and enjoy doing the Safety Boats that we will assign the more challenging tasks. This number is increasing each season. We have a good Race team who organised the racing for the Finns and Stars at the Olympics as well as several reserves we can call on.
An interesting challenge will be the Moth Worlds next season where we will probably have 200 or so Moths racing in the Bay. The foilers now regularly are hitting 30 knots and are almost silent. They can outrun the smaller Ribs, so whilst you need to stay close enough to be able to get in there in a hurry if there is a problem, you will really need to have your wits about you.

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Old 10 May 2013, 20:12   #42
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its not unusual for a small club to have only one boat afloat. Not all have a shore contact with a radio either.
Absolutely - I have been that boat numerous times.
Ok. One rescue boat- fair call if deemed sufficient for the fleet... BUT

If they are shouting mayday and there is no registered shore base to allow non certified radio operators to use the marine VHF channels legally one might assume they had been officially taught the appropriate use of mayday and panpan calls on a course that would allow them to work the radio correctly in the first place?

What we don't know is what those aboard were in the midst of.
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Old 12 May 2013, 15:04   #43
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How about this for wasting everyones time Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press Office: MAKE SURE THAT YOUR BOAT IS IN GOOD WORKING ORDER BEFORE YOU SET TO SEA SAY COASTGUARD
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I always find my tx of a passage plan acts as a good radio check. No need to do both.
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How's this for other end of the scale...?

French yachtsman goes overboard off the coast of guernsey on Saturday, the crew wait 4 hours before calling it in.

Search has been called off now, nothing found.

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French yachtsman goes overboard off the coast of guernsey on Saturday, the crew wait 4 hours before calling it in.
Maybe they weren't too keen on him.
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Maybe they weren't too keen on him.
Thought it was just us that hate the french, maybe the french do too
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