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RIB Skills Group

During 2016 a group of club members attended the Saturday morning Powerboat group to increase their skill and confidence at using a Rib on the water. 2017 will see the same opportunity offered to all club members. The format and content will be slightly different and open to a wider audience in 2017.

We plan to enable the participation of our younger members with children over the age of 12 being included amongst those who can attend and, most definitely welcomed along with, any other member whether experienced, novice or complete beginner.

Whether you have taken the PB2 course this year and would like to embed your knowledge; or perhaps a few more years ago than you care to remember and feel that you would benefit from a reminder or refresher of what it is like to drive a rib then this is the group for you.

For the first time this year we are opening it up to our younger members with a view to getting into the swing of rib driving, perhaps with a view to taking the formal PB2 course or, if the club can arrange it, taking part in the RYA Honda Youth Rib Challenge.

If you are a newcomer to the club or just the idea of powerboats then we also ease you in gently. As one participant last year said; 'I just want to see if I would be able to do my PB2. Then I can help out with volunteering.' This group caters for all levels of ability.

It is flexible that you can attend every week or only one and you are still likely to get something from it – even if it is just a day on the water blowing the cob webs away. We aim to do more than that though - in a fun and friendly environment, with no pressure or experience level required. This year it will run on the water only, so will be broadly every other Saturday in the morning and will not take up the whole day as we realise everyone has commitments at those precious weekends.

The main objective is to have fun but if we can improve peoples' skills, help them feel more confident and demystify the use of powerboats then that is good too. We will almost certainly be called upon to support Adult Sailing on Wednesday nights and also I would like us to play our part in racing safety duties although there is no obligation.

The various sessions will cover things like:

  • Righting capsized dinghies
  • Towing other boats
  • Mooring your powerboat on a mooring and to a buoy
  • Man overboard
  • Anchoring
  • All the basics of starting and controlling a boat safely
  • And practicing launching and recovering the ribs using the crane

If you are interested in attending then please advise the Office and we will let you know when the details and the kick off session has been arranged.

It is a great opportunity to get involved, learn new skills, meet new people or practice what you already know. Many people use the club ribs but there is always more to learn and we intend to share that knowledge around.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Tim Blake – Co-ordinator

Last updated 14:13 on 15 August 2019

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