Thursday, 26 August 2010
Many thanks to Swanage Bay Fish for their support.
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Ollie's better half, Kate, has been busy this spring making this awesome chap. He's doing his bit for raising funds during lifeboat week due to having a mystery name...can you guess it?
I for one really want to win him as he is certainly the most detailed knitted lifeboating I've ever seen.
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
I love the detail of old photos...spot the head launcher with the hammer, one dangerous looking chap with a pistol (varey pistol?) and another rather lucky chap with a couple of flags! Somehow these guys look rather heroic and stoical...compare this to our motley crew who turned up to the shout on Saturday wearing board-shorts and flip-flops!
I wonder, would anyone care to date this photo or name the boat? Indeed, does anyone out there know the name of any of the crew?
Interestingly, the building here still forms part of our building and the cobble slipway still exists underneath ours...built to last!
Saturday, 7 August 2010
just as the Red Arrows finished their routine over the bay our pagers went off once more. This time to a local pqssenger ferry had run aground while scattering ashes.
Once on scene near old harry we began taking all 34 passengers onboard and transferring them on to another passenger boat. The tally included on old fella in a wheelchair and a babe in arms!
Anyway, they all ended up safely onto one of the Belles and happily on their way.
Friday, 6 August 2010
So, we are sat in the crew room drying off and warming up after a quick shout to a yacht in difficulty off Anvil point. Doing so we are reflecting on the unfortunate chain of events which led to this shout. Sometimes the difference between happy sailing and crisis is nothing more than a broken shackle and some dirt in the fuel...
Thursday, 5 August 2010
Tonight is the pub gig rowing regatta In the carnival. The crew has entered 3 teams and thing are going well so far. A good bit of healthy competition can't be bad!
And, a quick update...I'm delighted to report that we won...(well, sort of, one of the RNLI boats won, my boat came second and the WAGS came sixth. Good result.
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Tonight men fell from the sky. As part of the Carnival we were asked to provide as many boats as possible to act as rescue boats for the Red Devils parachute display team. Dave, JFL, Matt and myself had the privilege of being there on the water in the landing zone ready to pick the guys up as they landed on the water. Just one of the great joys of living here...