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    Interesting to read that time line with the reported wind speeds.

    There was some discussion on this thread that the wind at the start of the incident was much lower than that.

    All I know is that at about 0700 when I went to check my boat in Dover I decided not to walk down the pontoon as it looked dodgy, so confined my inspection to peering from the marina yard, and that it was very difficult to open the car door against wind.

    Any way, well done to the RNLI, IMO any recognition that they got was well deserved.
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    The RNLI are very sparing with their awards & Silvers are biggies (Golds are like Hen's teeth).

    It does still beg the question why the Skipper set out into that forecast with a relatively novice crew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Searush View Post
    The RNLI are very sparing with their awards & Silvers are biggies (Golds are like Hen's teeth).

    It does still beg the question why the Skipper set out into that forecast with a relatively novice crew.
    A Gold is usually up there with a VC in terms of the life threatening conditions they are earned in.

    The awards suggest that the service was sustained in very marginal conditions.

    I think 'hubris' is why, from his revealed thinking in pre departure posts.
    I would not have taken such a crew outside the Solent with that forecast due, not even a 'hard nut' regular crew come to that.
    Too much risk of gear and crew failure, in those conditions, which change the game altogether..

    I'd have done just a quick pop to a sheltered all tide port like Pompey, let it go over fast as predicted while the crew got to know each other, then off behind it, with a rested team.
    It would then have been more like the product HL had sold to their punters for a start, rather than a Bear Gryhlls look-a-like competition.
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    http://www.pbo.co.uk/news/530855/hot...is-yachtmaster

    Liquid Vortex skipper Charlie Sturrock has had his Yachtmaster qualification withdrawn by the RYA and the MCA, following the sailing school yacht's rescue on January 3.

    The Hot Liquid Bénéteau First 40.7 was rescued off Dungeness Point while on delivery to London from Southampton with the Met Office warning of an imminent Force 11 severe storm.

    The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Qualification Panel decided to withdraw Mr Sturrock's qualification for 12 weeks, when he will have to retake the Yachtmaster exam in order to regain the certificate.

    The RYA's head of training, Richard Falk, told PBO: 'We came to that conclusion based on a discussion with Charlie and based on the evidence that is available.

    'We had concerns with the decision to depart given the weather forecast, specifically passage planning, the interpretation of the weather forecast and the decision-making that goes along with that.'

    Mr Sturrock will be unable to use his Yachtmaster Instructor qualification for the same 12-week period, but it will be reinstated if he passes the Yachtmaster exam again.

    Mr Falk said: 'There is no suggestion that he lacks the ability to instruct. What we are looking at is a specific reflection of his competence as a skipper.'
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    Quote Originally Posted by Searush View Post
    It does still beg the question why the Skipper set out into that forecast with a relatively novice crew.
    Thank you mr Penguin, it seems that the RYA have finally answered the question in a sensible manner.


    I understand the guy is ex-military, he may need some help to eliminate the need for excitement dominating over safety of the customer. Lets hope he can learn & move on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Searush View Post
    Thank you mr Penguin, it seems that the RYA have finally answered the question in a sensible manner.


    I understand the guy is ex-military, he may need some help to eliminate the need for excitement dominating over safety of the customer. Lets hope he can learn & move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Searush View Post
    Thank you mr Penguin, it seems that the RYA have finally answered the question in a sensible manner.


    I understand the guy is ex-military, he may need some help to eliminate the need for excitement dominating over safety of the customer. Lets hope he can learn & move on.
    Nothing wrong with ex-military, loads of them kicking about the forum and would I suggest be a little upset about being bracketed with this individual.

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    "The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Qualification Panel decided to withdraw Mr Sturrock's qualification for 12 weeks, when he will have to retake the Yachtmaster exam in order to regain the certificate."

    This decision has fallen short of what it should have been imho .

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    " 'We had concerns with the decision to depart given the weather forecast, specifically passage planning, the interpretation of the weather forecast and the decision-making that goes along with that.' "

    It is part of the Day Skipper theory exam to have a basic understanding of this and Mr Shurrock has surely failed to have such understanding and ability?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vara View Post
    Nothing wrong with ex-military, loads of them kicking about the forum and would I suggest be a little upset about being bracketed with this individual.

    Declaration of interest; ex military, instructor and caution is my middle name.
    +1

    ex RN submariner and safety is the paramount consideration, after all if you are 8 weeks from a laundry and have water rationing too many brown underpant excursions makes you unpopular. Most of the gungho chaps I know
    have never been near the military.
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