Saturday, 22 March 2008

Rowing, Running & Rescuing

Matt in recovery from his row

It wasn't said aloud, but i expect that all the crew would have bet on a shout at some point today... guess what?  With a hail of pagers bleeping we all took off from the Rowing Club event in the direction of the boathouse packed in Gav's new Landrover.  This is how the following events took place;

At 13:20 Portland Coastguard requested the launch of Swanage's All Weather Lifeboat to go to the assistance of a 33' yacht with 3 POB that had gone aground just to the West of Chapman's Pool. The spring tide was ebbing fast and the yacht was already hard aground. Ten minutes later the lifeboat launched and headed to Chapman's Pool at full speed. Once on scene the lifeboat approached the yacht from deeper water and a towline was passed across. The yacht's crew made the towline fast and the lifeboat gently pulled the yacht's bow round causing it to slide off the rock ledge that it was stuck on. The yacht was then towed out into deeper water and the skipper checked down below for any water ingress. As all was well onboard the yacht's crew were happy to continue on their passage to Weymouth so the lifeboat was stood down to return to station.

Despite the interruption, a great day was had by all involved with the Swanage Sea Rowing Club fundraising event.  
Competition took place in teams of 3, competing on rowing machines.  As you can see, Matt had a great time, as did the enormous crowd of onlookers, even though 10mins on a rower was more than enough!

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