Bray Sailing Club Cruiser Class recently held a Man Overboard Training Day. Here's what the Cruiser Class Captain Dermot Aughney had to say about the tremendous success of the event.
I would like to give you an insight into our “Man Overboard Training Day” held on Sunday 18th May 2014.
It was classified as a must attend at the start of a new season in the interest of Health & Safety for all our Cruiser Class Members. We had an excellent turnout of over 40 members across both cruiser fleets.
To start things rolling, we invited David Jerrard, a Yachtmaster Instructor to give a short lecture on “How best to return to the Man Overboard”. He presented members with a number of ideas on how to return to the Man Overboard, leaving it to members to decide which manoeuvre suited them best.
Our second speaker Martin Darcy opened a Q&A Session on how best to succeed in “Retrieving a Man Overboard”. There followed a full briefing session for the On The Water exercise to put into practice our learnings.
The Bray Cruiser Fleet took to the water with Kevin Rahill of the RNLI advising us. Each Cruiser was given the opportunity to retrieve a full size dummy from the water. The fleet returned to Bray Harbour to continue the exercise, retrieving a real Man or Woman Overboard. As is often said practice makes perfect.
It was great to see our younger members volunteering to be retrieved from the water. Likewise, many thanks go to all those other members who manned the rescue boats providing that all important backup to make this event such a great success.
The event was completed shortly after 3pm with a BBQ. The general consensus was that it was a really well run event. I have no doubt, that this exercise will have benefited our cruiser members should we encounter that unexpected “Man Overboard”.