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MOB & Safari Supper | 14-15 August 2021


We all practice man overboard drill on our boats, don't we? From the shout of man overboard, stop the boat, perhaps by heaving to, get someone to point at the mob, control the sails and get back to them using your favoured method etc etc. But what then? How to get them back on board?

After a discussion in the clubhouse, about 20 members saw a demonstration of a lifejacket being inflated and the resulting restriction of one's ability to move. A 4 person life raft was then inflated on the balcony followed by the more successful inflation of a 6 person life raft off the pontoon. Members were able to see how they were equipped and experience being in a raft with its lack of space and appreciate they are very much an item of last resort.

We then had a demonstration of a simple tackle system for retrieving a MOB. This was rigged on Boni alongside the pontoon and the smaller members of the crews were encouraged to "rescue" the 84kg RNLI dummy Dead Fred from the water and bring him easily aboard.

A thought provoking morning and thanks to members who loaned equipment and provider the rafts and to the Weymouth Lifeboat for the use of Dead Fred. A collection was made and sent to the RNLI.

Details of the rescue tackle and retrieval method are available from Mike Conroy

Eight boats then moved round to Weymouth and berthed near the fun fair for a very successful Safari Supper. This started with drinks on the pontoon and the distribution of envelopes with details of the sequence of boats to be visited. We then separated to our allotted hosts and moved boats for each course signalled by a blast of a fog horn meeting different members at each boat. A very successful and enjoyable evening with a standard of food and presentation which will be difficult to match in future years.

Contributors: Bob Footer (Boni), Mike Conroy (Seraphim)

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