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.  
Ernest and Mabel Severn Class All Weather Lifeboat Phyl Clare III Atlantic 75 - B774 Inshore Lifeboat
Weymouth Events 2018
NOTE: Items in yellow indicate possible interventions
APRIL 3 Talk at Castle Cove Sailing Club Castle Cove Sailing Club 8pm
11 Weymouth Bay 10k Charity Fun Run Hotel Riviera
2-6 100th Anniversary of the RAF Event
8 Osprey Sprint Triathlon Osprey Leisure Centre, Portland
22 Yeovil Car Club Pavilion Forecourt 11am – 4pm
25 Anzac Day Service Weymouth Seafront 11am
MAY 5 Quayside Music Festival Weymouth Harbourside 
12-13 Weldmar Colour Run and Bubble Rush Lodmoor Country Park 13 Watersports Open Day Osprey Quay, Portland 
13 Transport of Yesteryear Jubilee Clock
20 The Hard Way Half Portland 26-27 Fayre in the Square A celebration of local music and talent, with the aim of raising money for local groups and wider Rotary charities. 26-27 Quayside Music Festival Rendezvous Weymouth 
26 Egdon Easy 10k Run Lodmoor Country Park
27 Vintage and Classic Rally Jubilee Clock, Weymouth 27-28 Portland Marina Open Days
28 US Memorial Day Service and.Wreath Laying Weymouth Seafront, 11am
JUNE 1-3 Wessex Folk Festival Family festival on Weymouth Harbourside with two free stages showcasing a range of traditional and modern folk acts. Morris dancing, food and craft stalls along the   picturesque harbourside. Workshops and traditional music sessions in the local pubs.
2-3 Weymouth Volleyball Club Event Weymouth Beach
3 Hardy Country Classic Tour Riviera Hotel
6, 13, 20, 27 Bustinskin Aquathlon Series Bowleaze Coveway 8-10 A Class National Championships 
10 Transport of Yesteryear Static car display, Jubilee Clock, 10am-4pm
17 Race to Bill Triathlon WP Sailing Academy 
23-25 Weymouth & Portland Armed Forces Military displays, vehicles and re- enactmentsDay Celebrations
23 Military Vehicle Display Charity Stalls and Convoy to Portland
24 Service of Remembrance and Parade Weymouth Seafront, 11am
25 Armed Forces Flag Raising Weymouth Council Offices, 10.30am
30 & 1 July Chickerell Steam & Vintage Show
30 Macmillan Mighty Hike Jurassic Coast Lodmoor Country Park JULY
1 Portland 10 Mile Road Race
Every Wed. Bustinskin Aquathon Series Bowleaze Coveway, 7pm-8.30pm
7-8 Tag Rugby Festival Weymouth Beach 7-8 OMRA Model Powerboat Racing Pleasure Pier, Weymouth
8 WMD Triathlon Pleasure Pier, Weymouth
13 Porsches on the Prom Weymouth Seafront, 6pm-9pm 14-15 Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival The UK's largest FREE seafood festival set in Weymouth Harbour. Local seafood,  great chefs, and more. 19-22 Byte World Championships Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy 22-29 Weymouth Lifeboat Week Events every day in the harbour, or on the beach, at Bowleaze Cove or on the Nothe see
22 Tea on the Quay Music Festival, Rendezvous Weymouth, 12pm-10pm
29 Dorset Tour Lodmoor Events Area, 2pm-4pm
26 Battens Charity Volleyball Event Weymouth Beach
27-29 Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic Part of the National Beach Volleyball Tour, organised with the support of the RAF and
Volleyball England. AUGUST
1, 8, 15, Bustinskin Aquathon Series Bowleaze Coveway, 7pm-8.30pm   26 & 27
4-25 RS 25th Anniversary Games
5 Party in the Park hosted by Air FM Lodmoor Country Park
12 Round the Rock 10k Run Portland 14-15 Weymouth Carnival & Fireworks Two days of entertainment, displays, processions etc.
17-18 Ragged Victorians Nothe Fort
19 Weymouth Classic Sprint Triathlons Bowleaze Cove
25-26 Quayside Music Festival Harbourside 26 Dragon Boat Racing Organised by the Rotary Club of Melcombe Regis ?? Radipole Park open day SEPTEMBER 3 National Merchant Navy Day Honouring the brave men and women who kept our 'Island Nation' afloat during both World Wars. Parade at the MNA memorial on the esplanade.
4 Dumble Bimble Charity Fun Portland 8-9 Weymouth Keelboat Regatta Weymouth Sailing Club 
8-9 Military Weekend
15-16 Bart’s Bash 2018 When the world goes sailing together. Be part of the world’s largest sailing event!
16 Weymouth World Tour Biathle Greenhill Gardens
22 The Heroes Challenge Run West Fleet Farm, Chickerell
23 Ironman 70.3 Weymouth OCTOBER ` 13-19 Weymouth Speed Week 
14 Osprey Sprint Osprey Leisure Centre, Portland
20-27 Halloween Half Term Fairground Pavilion Forecourt, open daily from 12 noon
21 Weymouth 10 Weymouth Seafront, starting 9am
28 Lions Beach Motocross Weymouth Beach, organised by Weymouth Lions  Club NOVEMBER
4 Royal British Legion Festival Weymouth Pavilion 5 Guy Fawkes Celebrations & Fireworks Weymouth Seafront.  Including children’s Guy Fawkes competition, fairground, bonfire and fireworks display.
11 Remembrance Sunday Service Weymouth Seafront
25 Sparkle in the Park Lodmoor Country Park, 3.30pm DECEMBER
2 Wyke Square Christmas Fayre Wyke Regis, Weymouth
15-5 Jan Dick Whittington Pantomime at Weymouth Pavilion
16 Chase the Pudding Santa Run Weymouth Beach 25 Christmas Day Harbour Swim Annual fundraising swim across Weymouth Harbour.  11am 
Lifeboat Week 2018 Programme of Events
150th Anniversary
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 Church Monday 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-8pm Tuesday 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 346468 Wednesday 25th: is the second lifeboat/lifeguard/Coastguard display, this time at Bowlease Cove. The display starts at just before 7pm Thursday 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 07789270934 Friday 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 Anderson Saturday 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 Littlesea 2nd £100 David the jeweller 3rd £50 Weyline Taxi vouchers Other 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 Fundraising Ken Francis Volunteer press officer Tel. 07843781712
Local Directives
A PHA  directive regarding kite surfing in Portland Harbour can be read HERE 
Portland Harbour Authority Directive re. Kite Surfing
Weymouth Harbour Authority Directive re. Pontoon Safety
July Team Meeting Notes
Notes from Weymouth Lifeboat Area Community Safety Team meeting Thursday 19 th  July 2018 Present:  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 recovery Reg 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 21 st  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 Trains Each 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 150 th  Anniversary plans for 2019, and everyone agreed to do what they can to support both the forthcoming Lifeboat Week and the 150 th  Anniversary events next year Clive Edwards, 20 th  July 2018
Visiting Lifeboat
A historic lifeboat was docked in Weymouth Harbour during the weekend 26 th -27 th  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.