The RNLI – and Forming Our Next Committees

A Special Committee Meeting!

The two committees normally each meet four times a year, with the fourth meeting being a joint session. In the joint session on the 13th January we were able to look together at topics developed over recent months of club-level significance, such as the fine research led by Judith Hankey into the Quartette replacement.

The topic of progress on Quartette replacement will be a significant part of the presentations and displays at the Social and AGM event, as will the Summer Cruise.

Our Next Committees

January and February is when the memberships of the committees are set for the next year. A good number of current committee members are offering to stay on but, as is always the case in a club, some are now standing down. A detailed and important email about the structure of the committees and the appointment process was sent to all members on Thursday 16th January.

There is a lot of satisfaction in helping the Club. Yes, it requires some time. On the other hand, the sense of well-being from contributing to the good running of the club’s affairs, and being part of a team of members somehow makes it worth it!

There are no paid staff in the club: as far as possible volunteers do maintenance work rather than engage a tradesman or engineer to put things right, and in all areas of running the Club we do not engage outsiders, unless unavoidable. This keeps our fees as low as possible.

Bottom line – Do think about how you can offer your experience, expertise and time to the Club! To talk it over, get in touch with me, Richard Ash (Chairman of the Sailing Committee), or Dave Brooks (interim Company Secretary and organiser of the elections to the Management Committee). Email addresses below.

What was that about the RNLI?

The RNLI’s release of a compilation of some of the rescues they undertook in 2019 made me think a shout-out to RNLI crews was in order. The conditions those volunteer crews will put themselves into to go to the aid are amazing.

Sometimes the ordinary yachtsman is the alarm-raiser and first-attender. A few years ago, Spellbinder skippered by Trevor Nicholls went to the aid of two canoeists off the Shingles bank. They had nosed out from Keyhaven to look round the corner of Hurst Fort, and were drawn into the ebb racing through the Narrows. It was only at the Shingles they were able to hold position against the flow but were unable to make any progress towards shore. It became apparent that rather than paddling happily they were becoming exhausted.  

Trevor and his crew took Spellbinder over to them and brought the two on board. Solent Coastguard was radioed, and the Lymington lifeboat was called out. There was then the question of which boat was Spellbinder in a fleet of yachts anchored in minimal wind! So an orange smoke canister was released when the lifeboat was seen. The photo shows the strength of the tide in taking away the canister.

The Canoeists are taken on board the Lifeboat (photo: Trevor Nicholls)

The canoeists and their craft were taken aboard the lifeboat and returned to shore shaken, exhausted but safe.

All were impressed by the speed with which the lifeboat arrived, showing not least how quickly the RNLI crew jumped into action.

See you at the social evening and AGM on 29th February!

Ted Sankey, Commodore@PhoenixYachtClub.co.uk
Richard Ash, rcs@phoenixyachtclub.co.uk
Dave Brookes ,secretary@phoenixyachtclub.co.uk

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