We were thrilled to welcome the RNLI Region South (Weymouth to Portishead and Channel Islands) Lead Lifeguard Supervisors for a team building voyage and as a thank you for all their hard work over the past year, and more. The team on board Rona II are responsible for more than 70 lifeguards and for the safety of thousands of people who use the beautiful beaches all around the coast.
Many of the crew had not sailed before but with their positive attitude and passion for the sea they took instructions onboard and continued to learn about how the yacht worked and how to sail her efficiently.
Despite a windy and wet couple of days, up to 35 knots of wind the crew got stuck straight in and worked as a team to achieve the outcome of sailing Rona II but still looking out for each other.
According to Andy Wright Area Lifesaving Manager with the RNLI, who is also a volunteer Skipper and Trustee with the RSP:
“For me this was an opportunity to combine work with pleasure. Two other Area Lifesaving Managers from the Southwest were onboard as staff members as well, and it was a privilege for me to sail as skipper in the organisation I volunteer for. We also had Pete Eden, 1st Mate from the Rona Sailing Project join us to ensure the sail was safe and enjoyable.
Thanks to the Rona Sailing Project, for all your support and allowing our Lead Lifeguard Supervisors to have such a positive experience for who had the most wonderful day and enjoyed the whole experienced and want to come back for more”
RNLI crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives since 1824. We owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women of the RNLI and we are very proud to be working with them.