The grey water and sky over the central Solent was cheered up yesterday (Saturday) when 8 lifeboats added a splash of bright orange to the seascape for the annual get together of Solent lifeboat stations.
RNLI and Independent lifeboats from Ryde, Bembridge, Cowes, Gosport, Portsmouth, Calshot and Hamble arrived in Cowes for the annual sit down meal at The Globe on Cowes Parade.
All the lifeboats – a mix of Inshore and All Weather – remained at immediate readiness to be tasked by HM Coastguard. 3 stations didn’t send their boat or a representative as this would have restricted their ability to launch if need be.
A total of 85 delicious meals were provided for the crew and officers of each lifeboat station. The Royal Yacht Squadron kindly provided a safe berth for the boats.
Cowes Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mark Southwell, said that irrespective of how Solent lifeboats were funded, crewed and supported, they all did the same job and needed to know one another on a personal level.