Thursday, 30 August 2007
Wednesday, 29 August 2007
As luck would have it, it was such an unforgetable shout that I have completely forgotten what it was. Have a look at the station website if you are interested.
Look like nothing's gonna change
Everything still remains the same
I can't do what ten people tell me to do
So I guess I'll remain the same
Sitting on the dock of the bay
Watching the tide roll away
I'm just sitting on the dock of the bay
Saturday, 25 August 2007
Wednesday, 22 August 2007
Thankfully Wednesday did not follow the same trend and the only thing being the same was the miserable weather, wind, rain and more wind. In case you have forgotten here is a reminder of a summers day!!
Sunny Swanage just a couple of weeks ago!
Monday, 20 August 2007
Despite the somewhat pitiful weather we have had a fantastic time and our efforts have paid off. The raft race and build a boat competition on Saturday generated a crowd of onlookers braving the wind and rain.
Our open day on Sunday was also a great success. Although there were some last minute changes made to the running of the day owing to the weather, we still had an impressive assortment of demonstrations throughout the day...................
and were fortunate enough to have the Coastguard helicopter working with us for one of them.
However as the weekend drew on madness did at times set in for the crew...............yes that is snails they were ever so carefully collecting!Luckily it was nothing that could not be solved by a good nights sleep and the crew are now slipping back to normality................ well almost!
So we have completed another Lifeboat week until next year and earned a well deserved break, although it would seem the planning for the next one has already began with Martin brimming with new ideas, apparently next year we are doing Shakespeare?! Yet no sooner had we taken a bit of time to ourselves when the crew was called together once again, this time for a shout.
Monday 20th August 17:58
After a very successful, but shout free, Lifeboat week Portland Coastguard requested the launch of Swanage's All Weather Lifeboat to go to the assistance of a yacht in difficulties 1Nm East of Old Harry Rocks. Details were a little sketchy as the yacht's radio was not working correctly and they were unable to talk directly to Portland Coastguard. All communications were having to be passed through a nearby vessel. The Lifeboat launched and was alongside the yacht 8 minutes later. Crewman Steve Williams was put aboard to see what the situation was and assist the yacht's crew. The problem seemed to be that the yacht's engine wouldn't start and the crew were concerned about sailing in the increasing wind. A towline was passed across and because of the NE wind the yacht was taken in tow to Poole where they were berthed at Dolphin Haven Marina. The Lifeboat was then released to return to Swanage.
Saturday, 18 August 2007
Friday, 17 August 2007
Thanks to the sailing club for providing food and beer at theirs afterwards. Very hospitable.
Wednesday, 15 August 2007
The boys were having fun.As were the girls (don'tthey always?)Even Rob, our Second Coxswain seemed to be enjoying the proceedings.I'm not sure whether in this photo Martin is receiving the prize or giving it?You might notice that these photos are somewhat better than the usual fare you see here. This is because Kim is a trained photographer...........sadly she is slightly limited in what she can achieve by having a camera which is not quite as good as mine!
Monday, 13 August 2007
Sunday, 12 August 2007
It was doubly a pleasure because our Coxswain's mother in law is a church elder there. It is always a pleasure to see Gloria.........someone who knows more that most what is expected of lifeboat crews. You see her husband Vic was the Coxswain of our boat for many years.
Furthermore I also had the pleasure to meet God's parents. No, not that God.......our LOM Neil Hardy. Both his Mother and Father were in the congregation and made a point of introducing themselves afterwards. To be honest I was slightly surprised, they didn't look old enough to be Neil's parents! Perhaps beards age you?
Anyway, once again thanks to you all at the URC for making me feel so welcome and appreciated.
Saturday, 11 August 2007
Why? Well, to start with we were going to go to attend a domestic situation which had occurred on a boat nearby. Reports were confused but seemed to involve a father and daughter, some violence, a lot of tears, calls to the police and a suspected heart attack. Not your usual lifeboat stuff. So just as we were ready to launch the police called to ask if we could wait to take them with us as they wanted to attend and also had a defibrillator. So we waited. And waited. And then a bit more waiting. So imagine our shocked amazement when they then arrived (having increased our response time by about 250% when there was a suspected heart attack)and told us that they couldn't come because they hadn't done a sea survival course! Flippin' Mad..........So we set off and went anyway.
As it turned out there was no heart attack and the situation had settled down a bit. Naturally the main talking point for the crew was the nonsense of the Police situation. In front of a very large crowd of by-standers they were made to look pretty pathetic in by their controllers. What a mad world.
And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dying
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very
Enlarging your world
(Tears for Fears)
Friday, 10 August 2007
The shout this evening deserves a post all of it's own. Indeed, tired as I am perhaps I'll do just that.............something in the morning about what has to be the most weird and depressing shout ever.......a real window upon the human condition.
Thursday, 9 August 2007
The programme for the entire week is below. Please come and support if you possibly can.
Swanage Lifeboat Week programme, 12th – 19th August 2007
Sun 12th 10:00 – 16:00 Swanage Angling Club Comp
Sun 12th 11:00 – 16:00 Ladies Guild Fair, Seafront
Mon 13th 20:00 – 23:00 Darts Final, The Crow’s Nest
Tues 14th 17:30 – 19:00 Swanage Sailing Club, Junior race
Wed 15th 10:00 – 16:00 Book stall, Seafront
Wed 15th 20:00 – 23:00 Fun Quiz, Swanage Con Club
Thur 16th 18:30 – 20:30 Swanage Sailing Club, Senior race
Thur 16th 18:00 – 21:00 Gig race, Main Beach
Fri 17th 10:00 – 17:00 Flag Day street collection
Fri 17th 18:00 – 23:00 Live Music, Bar & Food at Prince Albert gardens*
Sat 18th 11:00 – 16:00 Build a boat competition at P.A.G*
Sat 18th 11:00 – 17:00 Cream teas, music & stalls at P.A.G*
Sat 18th 16:00 – 17:00 Build a boat race, The Stone Quay
Sat 18th 17:00 – 18:30 Raft Race, Main Beach
Sat 18th 18:00 – 23:00 Live Music, Bar & Food at P.A.G*
Sun 19th 12:00 – 16:00 Cream teas, music & stalls at P.A.G*
Sun 19th 12:00 – 16:00 Lifeboat Festival, Swanage Pier
Throughout the week the 'J.Reginald Corah' (ex Swanage Lifeboat) will be running trips round the bay from the lifeboat slipway. Come down to the boathouse if you would like to put to sea on a real lifeboat!
Tuesday, 7 August 2007
We were out last night, both boats, looking for something..........you see, someone had left a rope hanging over the cliff near Anvil point, tied securely at the top but attached to nothing at the bottom. Being as it was a climbing rope it was thought prudent for us to go and have a look and see if there was anything lying at the bottom or in the water near the bottom. Luckily it turned out there was nothing there. So we went home.
And then this morning we were called out again. Only it wasn't, as we expected, to go and look for the same missing something. Instead, to confound our expectations, it was to assist a yacht which had become attached to some fishing net. This sounds trivial but it was securely around their propeller and rudder so they had no steerage or motive power. Like good sorts they had tried to sort things out by themselves but despite going into the water armed with a knife, had failed to achieve any success. Thus they were well and truly 'Not Under Command' and in sore need of our assistance.
As we drew close we began to realise that they were no strangers to adversity on the high seas. From a distance their mast looked unusually short. Once I got aboard and chatted with the owner I got the full story. It turns out that on passage from Bermuda to the Azores they had been dismasted!, they had then made for the Azores under jury rig, made some repairs then continued to the UK. Last night crossing the channel from the Channel Islands to the south coast of England they had encountered further trouble............I only hope that bad things don't come in threes for them.
Sunday, 5 August 2007
As you would imagine the Swedish maritime rescue organisation is extremely well organised. Meticulous you could say. Here for your interest is the Swedish version of Whiskey Bravo. A purposeful looking beast I think you will agree?
Life here in Swanage has been very busy. Carnival week has been a blur of activity as ever and has involved the crew a lot..........mainly our immensely keen but basically crap extreme team! Anyway. here I am, back in the hot seat and I promise more regular updates.........