Rhoscolyn NCI

Gerrit Forrester

Another month has slipped by without any major incidents at sea, but there are several other matters concerning NCI Rhoscolyn that you might find interesting. The first concerns one of our new volunteer recruits, Gerrit Forrester, who was recently presented with a certificate recognizing the contribution he has made as a volunteer with several organisations in North Wales, principally with TVConwy for whom he has worked for the past five years.

The activities of TVConwy are supported and part-funded by the Conwy Voluntary Services Council (CVSC), an umbrella body set up in 1997 to develop and promote voluntary and community action in the county of Conwy. It was the directors of CVSC that decided to make the award to Gerrit for his outstanding contribution to voluntary work with TVConwy, and especially his work as their resident photographer.

Our picture shows Gerrit receiving his certificate from the CEO of TVConwy, Debbie Bradon, at an awards ceremony held at the Community Centre at Colwyn Heights in June. It is the first time an award has been made to a volunteer from TVConwy. So a big well done to Gerrit whose voluntary work now includes supporting NCI Rhoscolyn. We are delighted to have him aboard.

The second item of interest concerns a recent visit to the RNLI station at Moelfre on the north-east coast of the island, with spectacular views over the sea to Penmon Lighthouse, Puffin Island and the distant Great Orme.

The visit was organized by NCI Rhoscolyn’s John Thompson who is also a member of the lifeboat crew at Moelfre. Apart from John six of our watch keepers, John Wilson, Jo Jones, Caro Wilson, Tim Hopper, Elizabeth Pope and me made the trip to Molfre on the evening of Wednesday 20th June to practice our procedures for conning a lifeboat onto casualties in the water in emergency situations. In the event this also proved to be a good training exercise for the crew of Moelfre’s impressive Tamar class lifeboat. As always, lots of useful lessons were learned; the one that was important to me was that a large lifeboat is not as agile as Trearddur Bay’s Atlantic class RIB, with whom we work quite often. So a direction change of ‘turn 90 degrees left’, which the TB lifeboat can execute in seconds, is much more difficult to achieve with a larger Severn or a Tamar Class boat. For the latter it is best to order something like ‘commence a slow turn to your left and I will tell you when you are on the correct heading’.

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Note: If you would like to learn more about Rhocolyn NCI, or join as a watchkeeper, contact John Wilson on jandcwilson13@outlook.com