The RYA is well aware that a fender, compared to even a small crew member, is a very different thing. Back in the days when I went long-distance, two-handed racing we used to be dismissive of the risks of crew going overboard – ‘what goes overboard, stays overboard so drown like a gentleman!’ summed up the attitude of many of us.
The other aspect of man-overboard, of which the RYA is also well aware, is that in Yachtmaster test conditions the boat will have a full crew of alert sailors bristling with recently acquired knowledge. Most of us go cruising as families or couples and often only the skipper has formal training – which begs a number of supplementary questions for another time.
This is why the our Commodore’s initiative to put on a day of man-overboard exercises based on club members’ own boats and regular crew, and involving a living casualty, is such an important event and deserves to be well supported.
No two boat/crew combinations are the same so there can be no single, perfect answer to getting a casualty back on board. Even, or perhaps especially, if you have devised your own recovery method, this exercise will give you a unique chance to put your drills to the test.
So get your boat signed up for Saturday 11 May – your crew will thank you for it.
OnBoard is a hugely successful grass roots RYA programme which seeks to make sailing and windsurfing easier to access for 8-18 year olds. Launched in 2005 the programme has helped introduce nearly 900,000 young people across the country to sailing and windsurfing.
Hannah Cockle, OnBoard Operations Officer, comments;
“It’s great to welcome Cargreen Yacht Club to the OnBoard programme. Getting out on the water has a huge amount of benefits, no matter what your age, background or ability. We look forward to working with them and the local community to get as many people as possible enjoying our great sport.”
Architectural and building design skills will be very welcome. We also have a need for an assistant secretary, a Bosun and a Sailing Officer.
If you can offer help in any of these areas, please contact a member of the Committee.