Originally Posted by Poly
rockraider - that sounds like a challenge to manage - i wonder how you know which of the 350 skippers are good / bad (not just have the certificate), and if you are can't pick n choose if your control is any better than the other club. Interested to know what additional training you do with your guys. One club I know of had never run and major incident exercises and thought it was a crazy suggestion.
9d280 - its not unusual for a small club to have only one boat afloat. Not all have a shore contact with a radio either.
Challenge is one word for it. We use a software system designed by 2 of our members, called Dutyman. Members are invited to choose their duties at the beginning of the season. We know historically who have performed well in the past and will aim to put the best ones out in the Bay where the conditions are a lot tougher. We have used a questionnaire to all members on record as driving Safety Boats and have asked some fairly searching questions and asked for their experience and qualifications and what courses / training they would like to undertake to improve their confidence / abilities. On the whole the feedback has been very good and we have extended the training as requested. We now have a regular largish group of drivers who have gained a lot of experience and qualifications because they are interested and enjoy doing the Safety Boats that we will assign the more challenging tasks. This number is increasing each season. We have a good Race team who organised the racing for the Finns and Stars at the Olympics as well as several reserves we can call on.
An interesting challenge will be the Moth Worlds next season where we will probably have 200 or so Moths racing in the Bay. The foilers now regularly are hitting 30 knots and are almost silent. They can outrun the smaller Ribs, so whilst you need to stay close enough to be able to get in there in a hurry if there is a problem, you will really need to have your wits about you.