19th January 2019
After assembling in the Solent, the lifeboats processed together into the Royal Yacht
Squadron marina, quickly turning the area into a riot of orange and yellow.
Leading the fleet was the Tamar class lifeboat from Bembridge, followed by inshore
craft from various other stations, both RNLI and independent. The crews then made
their way to the nearby Globe Hotel, where they were joined by representatives of
lifeboat stations who had travelled by car.
Mark Southwell, Operations Manager for the Cowes RNLI station, whose own
Atlantic 85 joined in the procession, said, “Although this was an informal meeting, it
also provided an opportunity to discuss how best to work together in the coming year.
To this end a number of joint exercises and initiatives have been agreed.
“The event provides the only opportunity for all these rescue units to meet face-to-
face. It should be stressed, however, all the crews were still ready to immediately
become operational if the need arose.”
As well as the Bembridge and Cowes lifeboats, the marina line-up included craft from
Hayling Island, Portsmouth, Calshot, Lymington, Gosport and Ryde. Members of the
Freshwater and Sandown stations came by road, but absent altogether were
members Yarmouth all-weather lifeboat.