Originally Posted by HUMBER P4VWL
Well they were racing to Conway but didn't make it. Some were under tow who were struggling and some were straggling. Then all put in at Bangor. If they're out in weather where people can't cope and need a tow, surely you need more help..... As they ultimately did.
If I understood the attachments correctly then external assistance wasn't actually required at all? Everyday people go out to sea in kayaks on their own or in small groups rarely coming to any harm. Presumably anyone who set out today was a reasonably experienced kayaker in which case they are usually well versed in a variety of self rescue techniques. Whilst the probability of someone needing help increases with the number of people, the likelihood of them getting into "real bother" must fall with the more help that is nearby. Just as with "ribnet" cruises in company its not uncommon to hear of someone needing a tow, but rare that anyone has a mayday.
Perhaps would be sensible to have told the CG their plans and been monitoring Ch16 which might have avoided resource being deployed in the first place. Perhaps you might expect the watch manager to know whats going on in his area enough that a major (multiday) event doesn't go under his radar anyway ;-)
There is a slightly different version of events here: Menai Strait: 140 adventure kayakers guided to safety in high winds - Daily Post