Coast Guard must trust or they would not accept our offers of assistance
HMCG will normally allow any nearby vessel to assist WHILST THEY TASK A DECLARED FACILITY.
If it is a straightforward tow job, and the distressed vessel is also willing to accept your assistance only, of course a declared asset would not be tasked. This is the same with a friend towing a friend in, two fishing boats, etc. Accepting your offer on scene DOES NOT imply they believe you to be the same standard as declared assets, merely acknowledges the fact you are nearest.
I too don't always agree with the RYA, but saying they would not allow you to assist a distress vessel whilst training is crap, as is your comment about them not allowing you to add training. Of course, you cannot alter the RYA syllabus, but there is nothing to stop you adding extras seperately. We have done this for many years both training declared rescue teams and merchant marine.
I'm always worried when people try to operate their own rules outside the mainstream - the RYA are not good enough for you, you will not go through the process of declaring your assets within the UK SAR framework, and from what I can see your "land" teams are not part of either the Mountain Rescue Council or the Association of Lowland Search and Rescue, the governing bodies for that activity.
I note your land teams have also in the past participated in such things a putting out heath fires - do you have an MOU with the Fire Service? Do you fully train and insure your youths? Of course not, no insurer in their right mind would entertain children (for that is what they are) tackling fires.
I am sure Venturers have done much good in showing young people a way forward, and should continue to do so, but please stop pretending you are anything other than a cadet association that happens to be at sea sometimes when things happen to other people.
And for heavens sake, put a brake on the sickening sight of you openly attacking proper, declared rescue services in a public forum.
Stick to doing one thing well - either be a youth organisation or a lifeboat service. You can't do both.