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How will people be allocated to boats? (for people not bringing their own boats)

posted Jan 18, 2017, 8:29 PM by Martin Riddle   [ updated Jan 20, 2017, 1:00 PM by Posts Editor]

You may be wondering how the allocation of people to boatswill work for those not bringing their own vessel on the Raid. Now that youhave all responded to our little survey on Rowing/Sailing preferences we have apretty good idea what you want and we will do our best to provide it. Ingeneral people fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Dedicated rowers who want to row all the way anddon’t want a sailing rig on their vessel

  2. Dedicated sailors who want to sail all the wayand don’t want to touch an oar unless necessary

  3. People who want to try a bit of everything

I don’t want to spend every night drawing up rosters andadjudicating disputes about who is in which boat. The plan is to make the boatallocation process self-organising. Every evening we will put up a sign-insheet for each boat. Once all the seats in a boat are taken, if you really wantto be in that boat, write your name in the reserve spot and go and speak tosomeone already in the boat and see if you can swap with them. The rules aroundthis:

  1. Be nice to each other

  2. The sign-in sheet is part of our SafetyManagement System as it forms the manifest of who is on which boat

  3. No-one is to erase or change the sheet withoutthe agreement of the other person

  4. No-one is to swap boats without informing theBeachmaster

  5. If you find you have a preference for aparticular boat, don’t be greedy about it, others may also want to experienceit

  6. Skiffs with sails are in short supply – if youindicated you want to row all the way don’t monopolise the one skiff that has asail (Imagine)

  7. Be nice to each other

Our tn17 fleet of LBT-owned/managed boats consists of threewhaleboats and five St Ayles skiffs each with an experienced skipper in charge and 4-6 crew (that’s you).All the whaleboats have sails and two of them (Swiftsure and the MontaguWhaler) have both sails and oars. The third whaleboat (Capricornia) has sailsbut no oars. The St Ayles skiffs are principally rowing boats, with onlyImagine having the capacity for an optional sailing rig.

Everyone is encouraged to try a range of different boats. Ifthere are any disputes over places, people who identified themselves as wantingto row only or sail only will be given preference for the rowing or sailingboats respectively. Those who said they wanted to try a bit of rowing and a bitof sailing will be given preference for swapping among boats to experience thefull range of vessels in the LBT-owned/managed fleet.

A few people (a boat full) identified themselves as wantingto go on a skiff without a sail only – they will be easy to accommodate as wehave four skiffs without sails. More people (two boats full)  identified they would like to experience askiff with a sail – unfortunately we have not been able to rig a second StAyles skiff with a sail for this Raid but with a bit of flexibility everyonewho wants should get the chance for a sail on a skiff at some point.

Some people indicated they would like the opportunity totake one of the LBT’s smaller sailing boats. None of these boats are suitablefor the most exposed southern legs of the Raid. We may have a one or two of theLBT Grebes available from Randalls Bay onwards, however, I am sure you willunderstand that with a small band of helpers our priority for preparing boatshas to be those that can carry 5-7 people for the whole Raid rather than aGrebe which can only carry two people for the second half – but we will do what wecan. The tn17 Safety Committee has decided Syrah is too tender to participatein the Raid.

Many of the people bringing their own boats(either the small sailing Raid boats or the larger accompanying vessels) haveindicated they would be happy to have additional crew on their boats. We willprovide a sign-up sheet for people to put their names down for theseopportunities each day, with the boat’s skipper having the final say. 40 Peopleindicated they would be prepared to join a fast safety boat as a crew member ifneeded and, of these, 17 are particularly keen to help. We need 3 or 4 peopleto do this each day and will have a sign-up sheet for these spots each day.
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