Thursday, 5 February 2009

Harry roughers

Last night was an exercise night. It was surprisingly rough in the bay and once we arrived in the boathouse it became apparent that we wouldn't be going to sea. This is why:

Although it wasn't a massive sea it was breaking over the end of the slip in such a way that recovery would have been awkward and could perhaps have resulted in damage to the boat.

Alternatively we could have launched and then left the boat on the mooring. However, by doing this we would have had to use the ILB to recover the crew ashore. The ILB slipway wasn't a lot better than the ALB one and again, launch and recovery would have been risky.

It was no better in between the two town jetties.

Of course, if it had been a shout we would have launched no worries, however, on exercise we do try to limit the damage to man and machine by making prudent and careful decisions. Well done Martin!


Anonymous said...

Heather was running on Swanage seafront last night; she said it was pretty rough!

Mark R

lifeboatjohn said...

Ah, that explains it. Our babysitter's Mum was out running too and came back here to pick her up...she found me looking at your blog, saw a picture of Heather and claimed to have just been running with her. Turns out she was!