Last week another customer fell between their boat and the pontoon finger in the Westwey Road marina. The lady was unable to get herself out of the water despite desperate attempts and was rescued by the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat. The following points should be considered by berth-holders: •Do you know where the nearest escape ladder is to your boat? •Is it worth leaving a ladder lowered on the stern of your boat in harbour if you have one?•Think about following the harbour staff's example by wearing a lifejacket at all times on the pontoons. •A customer has also suggested that it could be helpful to know where the closest vessel is with a bathing platform etc. on the stern as this could be used in an emergency to get out.•Likewise please familiarise yourself with all emergency equipment on the pontoons.Please act now to ensure you do not find yourself in the same position. Do not under-estimate the difficulty in getting out of the water when you are shocked and cold.
NOTE: Items in yellow indicate possible interventionsAPRIL3Talk at Castle Cove Sailing ClubCastle Cove Sailing Club 8pm11Weymouth Bay 10k Charity Fun RunHotel Riviera 2-6100th Anniversary of the RAF Event 8Osprey Sprint TriathlonOsprey Leisure Centre, Portland22Yeovil Car ClubPavilion Forecourt 11am – 4pm25 Anzac Day ServiceWeymouth Seafront 11amMAY5Quayside Music FestivalWeymouth Harbourside12-13Weldmar Colour Run and Bubble RushLodmoor Country Park13Watersports Open DayOsprey Quay, Portland13Transport of YesteryearJubilee Clock20The Hard Way HalfPortland 26-27Fayre in the SquareA celebration of local music and talent, with the aim of raising money for local groupsand wider Rotary charities.26-27Quayside Music FestivalRendezvous Weymouth26Egdon Easy 10k RunLodmoor Country Park 27Vintage and Classic RallyJubilee Clock, Weymouth27-28Portland Marina Open Days28US Memorial DayService and.Wreath Laying Weymouth Seafront, 11amJUNE1-3Wessex Folk Festival Family festival on Weymouth Harbourside with two free stages showcasing a rangeof traditional and modern folk acts. Morris dancing, food and craft stalls along thepicturesque harbourside. Workshops and traditional music sessions in the local pubs.2-3Weymouth Volleyball Club EventWeymouth Beach3 Hardy Country Classic TourRiviera Hotel6, 13, 20, 27Bustinskin Aquathlon SeriesBowleaze Coveway 8-10 A Class National Championships10Transport of YesteryearStatic car display, Jubilee Clock, 10am-4pm17Race to Bill TriathlonWP Sailing Academy 23-25Weymouth & Portland Armed ForcesMilitary displays, vehicles and re- enactmentsDay Celebrations 23Military Vehicle DisplayCharity Stalls and Convoy to Portland24Service of Remembrance and ParadeWeymouth Seafront, 11am25Armed Forces Flag RaisingWeymouth Council Offices, 10.30am30 & 1 JulyChickerell Steam & Vintage Show 30Macmillan Mighty Hike Jurassic CoastLodmoor Country Park JULY1Portland 10 Mile Road Race Every Wed.Bustinskin Aquathon SeriesBowleaze Coveway, 7pm-8.30pm 7-8Tag Rugby FestivalWeymouth Beach7-8OMRA Model Powerboat Racing Pleasure Pier, Weymouth8 WMD TriathlonPleasure Pier, Weymouth13Porsches on the PromWeymouth Seafront, 6pm-9pm14-15Pommery Dorset Seafood FestivalThe UK's largest FREE seafood festival set in WeymouthHarbour. Local seafood,great chefs, and more.19-22Byte World Championships Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy22-29Weymouth Lifeboat WeekEvents every day in the harbour, or on the beach, at Bowleaze Cove or on the Nothe see www.rnliweymouth.org.uk22Tea on the QuayMusic Festival, Rendezvous Weymouth, 12pm-10pm29 Dorset Tour Lodmoor Events Area, 2pm-4pm26Battens Charity Volleyball EventWeymouth Beach27-29Weymouth Beach Volleyball ClassicPart of the National Beach Volleyball Tour, organised with the support of the RAF andVolleyball England.AUGUST1, 8, 15,Bustinskin Aquathon SeriesBowleaze Coveway, 7pm-8.30pm 26 & 274-25RS 25th Anniversary Games 5 Party in the Park hosted by Air FMLodmoor Country Park12Round the Rock 10k RunPortland14-15Weymouth Carnival & FireworksTwo days of entertainment, displays, processions etc.17-18Ragged Victorians Nothe Fort19Weymouth Classic Sprint TriathlonsBowleaze Cove 25-26Quayside Music FestivalHarbourside 26Dragon Boat RacingOrganised by the Rotary Club of Melcombe Regis??Radipole Park open daySEPTEMBER3National Merchant Navy DayHonouring the brave men and women who kept our 'Island Nation' afloat during bothWorld Wars. Parade at the MNA memorial on the esplanade.4Dumble Bimble Charity FunPortland 8-9Weymouth Keelboat RegattaWeymouth Sailing Club8-9Military Weekend 15-16Bart’s Bash 2018When the world goes sailing together. Be part of the world’s largest sailing event!16 Weymouth World Tour BiathleGreenhill Gardens22The Heroes Challenge Run West Fleet Farm, Chickerell 23Ironman 70.3 Weymouth OCTOBER`13-19Weymouth Speed Week14Osprey SprintOsprey Leisure Centre, Portland 20-27Halloween Half Term FairgroundPavilion Forecourt, open daily from 12 noon21Weymouth 10Weymouth Seafront, starting 9am28 Lions Beach MotocrossWeymouth Beach, organised by Weymouth Lions ClubNOVEMBER4Royal British Legion Festival Weymouth Pavilion5Guy Fawkes Celebrations & FireworksWeymouth Seafront. Including children’s Guy Fawkes competition, fairground,bonfire and fireworks display.11Remembrance Sunday ServiceWeymouth Seafront25Sparkle in the ParkLodmoor Country Park, 3.30pm DECEMBER2Wyke Square Christmas FayreWyke Regis, Weymouth15-5 JanDick WhittingtonPantomime at Weymouth Pavilion 16Chase the Pudding Santa RunWeymouth Beach25Christmas Day Harbour SwimAnnual fundraising swim across Weymouth Harbour. 11am
Weymouth RNLI lifeboat station is holding this year's lifeboat week from Sunday 22nd July to Saturday 28th July.Lifeboat week is the main Weymouth RNLI fundraising week, fun packed, with something for all the family.Starting with the traditional service of the blessing of the lifeboats on Sunday 22nd to the lifeboat open day on the 28th July when the Weymouth lifeboats are open for members of the public to get onto the lifeboats and meet the volunteer crew members.Sunday 22nd: The blessing of the lifeboats will take place at 7.30pm at the lifeboat station and will be led by the clergy team from Holy Trinity ChurchMonday 23rd: At 7pm, the first of two lifeboat displays will take place. The Nothe Gardens is the best place to watch from and to enjoy all the other things happening. The RNLI lifeboats and RNLI lifeguards will be working with the Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team and, operationally dependent, the Coastguard helicopter to give a fabulous display show casing the work that our volunteer lifeboat crews undertake on a daily basis.At the Nothe Gardens from 6pm there will be a bar selling beer and soft drinks, a hog roast provided by Dennis from the Famous Sausage Factory, stalls for bric-a-brac, jewellery, tombola, raffle and Grand draw, the RNLI shop, Punch & Judy show, vintage cars, tug of war and live music from The Speedway Snails.At the same time as the Nothe display, a fishing competition is being held on the Stone Pier. Run by Billy Short from Weymouth Angling Club the event will be from 6.30pm-8pmTuesday 24th: Following on from the success of last year's Stand Up Paddleboard event, it is now to be an annual event. Organised by Weymouth Water Sports at Ferrybridge near Billy Winters, this is a team event where up to 10 people race in relay around a set course. After a number of heats a final is run to determine the overall winning team. It is £50 per team to enter and teams need to register in advance by ringing 07743 346468Wednesday 25th: is the second lifeboat/lifeguard/Coastguard display, this time at Bowlease Cove. The display starts at just before 7pmThursday 26th: is a crabbing competition on the quay from the Cove to the Sailing Club, from 2pm to 4pm. Prizes will be awarded for the largest number of crabs caught, the biggest crab and the crab with the most barnacles. Again organised by Billy Short from Weymouth Angling Club.A night of Folk music is being held at Pilgrim House in Hope Sq featuring; Doc Clarks Remedy, Gregory Schofield and the Two Peas from 7.30pm -11pm Tickets are limited and cost £7 and are only available from Teresa on 07917 163459 or Dave on 07789270934Friday 27th: A sandcastle competition for the whole family to join in is being held on the beach opposite Rossies Ice Cream Parlour. The event runs from 1pm to 3pm with judging being carried out by Weymouth's own Mr Sandman- Mark AndersonSaturday 28th: from 10.30am to 4pm Weymouth all-weather and Inshore lifeboats are open to the public to look around and talk to the volunteer crew.Teresa Drage, who is the main organiser for lifeboat week said, 'We have put together a week of events which we hope will be suitable for the whole family. The week aims to show the public the great work that our volunteer lifeboat crews do and raise money for the RNLI, the charity that is dedicated to saving lives at sea. I would like to say a big thank you to all the sponsors of our Grand Draw for the wonderful prizes that they have donated to us”.1st prize, a short break at Haven Littlesea2nd £100 David the jeweller3rd £50 Weyline Taxi vouchersOther prizes donated by; Finishing Touches, The Swan, Chips Ahoy, Weymouth Bay Rib Charter, Marlborough Fish and Chips, Crows Nest. Red Lion. Time for Tea. The Shop. Nautico Lounge. Stanley's Coffee Shop. Crown Hotel. Tuga Restaurant. Fantastic Sausage Factory. The Bear Shop. Marys Tea Room. MV Freedom. Coastline Cruises. Jurassic Coast Activities. Sandford. Rio Grande Minature Railway. Leisure Ranch. The Front Skate Park. Pitch and Putting. The Ivy Coffee House, Antonio's Coffee shop, Rendezvous and Print Team for the posters & Weyprint for the Draw Tickets.'For more information visit our Face Book page; Weymouth Lifeboat FundraisingKen FrancisVolunteer press officerTel. email@example.com
Notes from Weymouth Lifeboat Area Community Safety Team meeting Thursday 19th July 2018Present: Clive Edwards (chair) Julie Gilvear, Sarah Murray, Judi Gifford, Dirk Aldous, Reg Strathearn, James Maclean (new member) Andy Sargent (Lifeboat Cox’n) Jonathan Crook (SW Trains Community Ambassador)Apologies:Terry Sherman, David Hearn, Gareth Peaston, Alice Higgins, Nigel Jones.Clive welcomed everyone especially Jonathan Crook from South West Trains and new member of the Com Safety Team James Maclean. He explained that Terry was confined to hospital three weeks previously with a serious infection affecting his foot and that he continues to be in hospital and may be confined there for some weeks yet. Everyone present agreed that we should a message to Terry wishing him a full and speedy recoveryReg introduced Jonathan Crook and Jonathan then outlined his role as Community Ambassador for SW Trains and put forward several suggestions as to how we might work with SW Trains to promote the RTW campaign and thereby enhance safety amongst holidaymakers arriving in Weymouth by train – Andy emphasised the need to get our safety messages across to holidaymakers BEFORE they hit the beach, and preferably before the arrive at their destination.It was agreed that Reg and Jonathan would set up a “meet & greet” facility at Weymouth Rail Station as a “pilot” scheme this coming Saturday morning 21st July between 09.00 – 12.00 and Clive offered to attend as well with a view to having further discussion about our future co-operation and involvement with SW TrainsEach CSA member of the team then gave a brief report on their individual progress as regards their agreed visits etc. in terms of the implementation of the CLP. It seems that overall we’ve made good progress and on average everyone has achieved around 90% of their targeted interventions which is a distinct improvement on this stage (the start of the school holidays) last year. Dirk and Clive also reported on the presentations, lifejacket clinics that have been implemented. but without any feedback from Terry it was difficult to assess to what extent we are meeting our targeted objectives as regards “sea safety” It was noted, and applauded, that Judi Gifford and her watchkeeping team at NCI Lyme Bay are undertaking beach patrols at Burton Bradstock and that NCI watchkeepers are handing out RNLI safety leaflets to promote the RTW campaign objectives. It was noted that more “dog walking” and Kayak Safety Packs, phone cases etc. are needed at NCI Lyme Bay and by Dirk for the Lulworth/Durdle Door/Kimmeridge area We also had a brief discussion about Lifeboat week and the 150th Anniversary plans for 2019, and everyone agreed to do what they can to support both the forthcoming Lifeboat Week and the 150th Anniversary events next yearClive Edwards, 20th July 2018
A historic lifeboat was docked in Weymouth Harbour during the weekend 26th-27th May.Laura Moncur was built in 1960 and is a 47’ Watson Class Motor Lifeboat. It was delivered to RNLI Buckie (North East Scotland) in June 1961 at a cost of over £35,000. The largest amount of the money was donated by Miss Laura Moncur, hence its name.The lifeboat was used by the RNLI for more than 60 years during which time it was launched for service on 78 occasions and helped to save 47 lives.Mark Waltham purchased the boat in 2012, but it wasn’t until 2015 that it was fully repaired and put back into the water. Mr Waltham is now taking the boat around the country to raise money for the RNLI and its lifeboat stations, with Weymouth being the first stop.He said: “I am going around raising money for the RNLI. It’s run properly by local people. They give up their time to save lives at sea and I believe in what they do. I hope I should never have to call them, but it’s nice to know they’re there and it’s a free service.”As well as giving people the chance to go aboard the boat to look around, Mr Waltham is taking people out to sea on the boat in return for a donation to the RNLI. He said he wanted to thank Andy Alcock for giving him some discounted diesel, because of the donations being made to the RNLI.When not attending events, the boat is moored on the Heritage Quay in Lowestoft.