Ah the Venturers. Also a charitable organisation supported by donations, they are legends in the Solent and will often be first on the scene. The crew are mostly under 18 (even under 16) although the skippers are qualified. Now, it would not behove me to denigrate their activities one bit, 'cos you never know.....but.....sometimes, if they catch you even frowning on-board a boat, they'll be chucking you lines and circling you like hungry sharks. And don't even think about waving to your mates in another boat......that's a distress call!
All-in-all, I'd rather they were there than not though, and these days, they do work closely with the Coastguard.
One of the most unfortunate periods in their history, was the sabotaging of their equipment when either on-shore or moored off the Beaulieu River, by persons unknown, which was a disgraceful episode.
Sorry, just spotted this gem:
"The RNLI is getting TOO business orientated these days. I was shocked to discover that many of the crews don't have any other boating experience and are "trained" - it USED to be people who hadd the sea in their blood for generations that were picked!!!"
Make sure you only get rescued by someone who has salt water in their veins matey! You can just see it: "Hi there! Admiral Codprawn here awaiting rescue. What? You're a chippy by trade? No thanks, I'll wait for a pro"