Thankyou for your replies. This is pretty much what we have been advised previously, but had been told that things had changed recently since Ofcom got involved. The club has 14 or so safety boats plus committee boats etc and around 800 PBL2 qualified volunteers who could operate them to help with events. The radios are monitored by the main office and Marine Department in case of an emergency etc and on the bigger events we will also have the race box manned and dedicated to the event via radio as well.
We operate on M1 + 2.
I spoke to Ofcom this morning for advice and their initial reaction was that anyone operating the safety boat etc would automatically be covered by the clubs VHF licenses. They have suggested sending an e mail to them requesting a formal reply that will seal it.
The e mail address they have given me if it helps anyone else on here is firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris, your point about : "You can operate a VHF without a licence if under the direct supervision of a licence holder". Does this imply the license holder needs to be on the boat supervising or that they simply be monitored by for example the club?
I agree with regards to getting people to at least do the online thing, but getting people to give up time for anything is difficult and if they don't have to, most wont bother.