Until recently the Brading Haven Yacht Club in St Helen’s has relied on looking for second hand RIBs to buy for support and safety cover for their dinghy sailing fleets but, after attending the RYA winter workshops, the Club was made aware of the possibility of obtaining a grant from Sport England under their small grants scheme and as a result have welcomed a brand new RIB to their fleet.
Having been given information on what was the best way to apply and what would be required, the Club focused into thinking further about the future and updating their development. The Sailing Committee – with the help of the Club secretary Gemma Wall – sat down and wrote out an application under the scheme for a grant of £10,000 to purchase a new RIB with the Club contributing up to £5,000.
The new RIB was needed to support the expansion in the training opportunities the Club wished to offer. This is a mixture of both adult and youth training along with powerboat courses. The type of RIB they were looking for had to be able to support their racing activities as well as being manoeuvrable enough to act as a training boat.
Having put in their application in the training section went to the Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace where they attended a seminar entitled ‘Choosing the perfect Safety Boat’. This led them to look at the craft that were being offered by Ribcraft in conjunction with Suzuki.
Having looked at the various possibilities from other companies and local builders it was concluded that the Suzuki/Ribcraft package best fitted their requirement for an affordable 4.8 metre boat. In the mean time they had confirmation from Sport England that they had received the grant for the full requested amount of £10,000. An order was placed with Ribcraft on March 12 for a new boat costing £14,714.94.
On the 26th June, Robin Lobb with Mark Parkinson, Peter Hudson and his son Cameron travelled in a RIB from the Club in Bembridge across the Solent to the Itchen River in Southampton to pick up their boat from Ribcraft and gave it its first run back to Brading Haven Yacht Club. Since then it has been used on most sailing days and for all the Club’s training sessions, avoiding the need for them to hire in RIBs, resulting in a significant savings.
The Club ran a competition to name the boat with members putting forward possible names and making a contribution a £1 a time to do so. The money collected went towards obtaining the necessary safety equipment required for the new boat. The membership then voted on the boat name and it is now known as “Lobbster”.
Photographed L-R, Robin Lobb, Cameron Hudson and Peter Hudon, the club boatman