RNLI teach Sailing Club safety tips

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WHO DO you approach if you want the best advice about safety on the water?

The RNLI of course, and on that glorious evening last Friday, the Inshore lifeboat (ILB) with four crew members spent their spare time demonstrating to members of Montrose Sailing Club the best ways to recover people from the water into a rescue boat.

It was still great fun, if a bit cold, being pulled from the Basin for the fifth time.

After that session, the ILB took two of the cadet members round into the harbour to practise some slow close-quarter manoeuvring beside the hazard mark just off Wharf Street.

Closer in to the beach, guests Craig Robinson, Paul Clark and Bryan Locke were supervising capsize drill with Blue Machine, amid much hilarity.

Everyone came away much more confident of what they would do in the event of unexpectedly finding themselves in the water.

Kathy Locke, sacrificially, passed up her opportunity to get soaking wet in favour of photographing all the activity, while managing to provide enough barbecue food to feed an armada of sailors.

Thanks were conveyed to Ray Wilkie, RNLI Sea Safety Officer, and the ILB crew for giving their time, and sharing their experience with club members.

Earlier in the week, Wednesday evening saw another of the Ian Abel Pursuit series.

Conditions were pleasant with good winds and sunshine.

New member Bruce was trying out a Laser, and Colin and grandson Jordan were finally getting their new Enterprise on the water.

Calanach was sailing a club Laser, but was having to contend with an outhaul problem. Colin on the other hand found sailing a tippy, aft-sheeted dinghy very different from his more usual Laser. Chris was helming Blue Machine with Douglas as crew.

Although first over the line, a problem with the course sailed forced Colin to retire despite having led from the first mark.

Results: 1, Calanach McDonell-Findlayson (Laser); 2, Chris Linton and Douglas Craig (GP14); 3, Bruce Scharlau (Laser).