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THE QUAY . ILFRACOMBE . DEVON. EX34 9EQ . 01271863969
Affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association
And a Member of The Bristol Channel Yachting Conference.
ILFRACOMBE RNLI - SEA SAFETY TEAM
Useless Unless Worn
“Even in summer, cold water shock can kill you in minutes. Always wear your lifejacket. Give yourself a chance”
It sounds hard hitting, but it's a slogan based on hard facts. And it forms the basis of the current sea safety campaign being run by the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea. You may have noticed this advert in the latest yachting press….but did you recognise the background? Take another look!... You'll find a copy of the picture in the Sea Safety poster about Lifejackets located at the top of the Yacht Club staircase…..
While most sea-going leisure craft do carry lifejackets these days, there are one or two things to focus on! In an emergency situation, you need to be 100% confident that they're going to work. Your life, and those of your crew, could depend on it. Apart from returning your lifejackets to a service agent at the required intervals, there are regular checks you can make yourself. A quick inspection of the bladder, the tightness of the CO2 bottle, the condition of the firing mechanism, the outer fabric/stitching and the straps is usually all that's required during the season. If you're thinking about replacing or upgrading your lifejackets, then features like crotch straps, a spray hood, a light, a flare pouch, and an integral safety harness might be worth looking out for.
The RNLI provides free, practical sea safety advice to leisure water users. The Ilfracombe Lifeboat station has two local volunteers – who also happen to be Club members - Mark Rumson and John Clemence – so if you want to chat about lifejackets, epirbs, grab bags, anchors, weather, tides and much more over a cup of tea on board or a pint at the bar, then you know who to contact! We're here to share ideas and offer advice – and we don't give lectures!
Also have a look at www.rnli.org.uk/seasafety for more information.
TIDE TABLES 2014
2014 Tide tables now in stock at club £1.30 each
Just a reminder that we have an arrangement with the Island, that by the club paying an annual fee, members are exempt from paying landing fees onto the island. We will be monitoring the use of this exemption to decide whether to continue the payments next year. Use it or loose it!
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T HE Q UAY • I LFRACOMBE • D EVON • EX34 9EQ T EL : 01271 863969
Affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association A Member of The Bristol Channel Yachting Conference
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