Originally Posted by Simon Hawkins
Interesting post you have made. Firstly the RYA. You knock the sylabus, but do you realise that the RNLI use the same sylabus with their own bolt on pieces. This is adopted worldwide.
Secondly your claim On Cowes Inshore Lifeboat. As I said all of this was before my days and therefore cannot comment. Our previous boat was a 7.5 meter tornado with twin outboards on so you must be reffering to that.
Our boat operates 2 fixed VHF radios, together with 2 handhelds. These radios will be monitoring, CH, 0, 16, 67 together with a racing channel for any particular day. I was coxsain of the boat that day and were instructed to contact you buy coastguard, so surely they would of known what channel you were on!
We have good relationships with all of the declared facilities within the solent area and train with them on an regular basis. I have had a discussions with the coxsains of our boat about doing some training with you but unfortunatly they have all said no, for reasons I cannot release on this forum. If you would like to know then please contact me direct so that I may discuss with you.
The RNLI may use the RYA syllabus ,but I note like our IYT Ribmaster
they have bolt on extra,s. Which the RYA would not allow us.
Sorry you will not train with us ; but this is your loss. We have
3 qualified IYT Instuctors . including Rescue Coxswain , Intermediate
and Advanced Power Boating. How many of this grade do you have ?
Do you have all the training aids , sailing dinghies , canoes , Sail Boards
Including Fixed slats to practice on a regular basis ?
Regarding our standing with the Coast Guard among letters received
over the years
J A Douglas Chief Coastguard " May I take the opportunity to thank
the Venturers for all the Assistance they give in search and rescue
in the Solent "
District Officer D E Richards October 1977 I wish to thank you for
the very valuable assistance given to me and the Coastguard service
over the past years , when under the direction of the Coastguard
you have carried out many rescues. With several more similar letters
from the Coastguard over the years. HRH The Prince of Wales who
has been out on our Rescue Ribs , stated " The League of Venturers is an
outstanding young peoples organization which captured my attention
and imagination several years ago. I was impressed by the qualities of
dedication , enthusiasm and sheer professionalism which goes to making
the Venturers such a worthwhile and extraordinary successful rescue
A citation from the RNLI for the Rescue of the Yacht Fairwind in rough
seas , aground on the rocks of Gurnard Ledge. Each member of the
crew receiving personal letters of congratulation from the Prince.
A Letter of thanks from the RYA on the calm and professional manner
we dealt with the tragic accident to Mr Bontoft off Egypt Point
during a Cowes Torquay Race.
I could go on with the hundreds of letters of thanks from boat
owners we have helped since 1961
I am also quite surprised you call yourself Cowes Inshore "Lifeboat ",
as I understand there was a gentleman agreement voluntary organisations
would not include " Life Boat in the title " It must also confuse the
public when putting money in your collections box,s
Regarding the incidents I do not think it matters what your Rib was
but it was a example of dog in the manger and poor seamanship
Incidentally your spellings as bad as mine