Thursday, 29 March 2007

We band of brothers.

Yesterday evening was the first 'dry' exercise that I have taken. The idea is that though most of the training we do necessarily happens at sea, some can be better achieved ashore in the boathouse. Becky, Nick and mark are all newish crew members, along with Tom we went over responsibilities for keeping watch at sea and how to properly use the watchkeeping equipment (Binos, night-sight, search lights, compass and radar). Obviously this was all broad brush stuff but sometimes even the obvious needs to be pointed out. We then did some dry runs through on how to rig up tows and how to deploy and recover the anchor. After a bit of practise throwing the heaving lines (Becky, she who makes everything look effortless, was scarily accurate) it was time to repair to the pub for a de-brief.

And that's the funny thing. There we were, a dozen or so young fit friends in our usual pub, the England football match was on, so what did we do? Naturally we left and went to another pub. One without a telly so we could chat about the important things in life (like boats, holidays, mountainbiking and having fun). We all agreed, life should be spent living not watching football on tv. And gradually we all sloped of home leaving just a hard core, Jon, Steve, myself and the awesome Becky. Happy to chat and plan the summer ahead.

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother;

(William Shakespeare)


mk said...

Um...what's a "bother"? (see title) :)

lifeboatjohn said...

Well's a generic term used to describe a collection of lifeboatmen and women drinking in the pub ;-)


Rockhopper said...

Can you be a bit quieter with the 'hard core' stuff - my wife thinks these exercises go on 'til 11:30...

Unknown said...

John, loving your blog mate.

I notice you're reading D-Day by Stephen Ambrose, and your reference to "Band of Brothers". Any chance you've read or seen "Band of Brothers"?

If you haven't, it's well worth it!

Other than that, keep up the good work! What you and all of the RNLI folks do is simply outstanding.

Best wishes,
Another volunteer