Annual Rally at Beale Park, Pangbourne from 26th to 27th August 2017
ATYC Boat Handling 2017
Organiser: Andrew Bernstein 07973 191906
Intentions: To deliver three tests, not too prescriptive which represent possible situations that might arise in the real world whilst cruising the River Thames. The marking emphasis will be on the outcome of the tests rather than the ability to follow step by step instructions.
Requirements: A cruiser crewed by a single handed skipper, a rib or dinghy with an able person on board and 6 judges.
Tests are devised to exercise boater’s communication with crew and other vessels, safety and situation awareness, but above all, the handling and management of their craft, and their equipment.
Tests must be conducted within the normal navigation rules of the Thames and other vessels should not be impeded. All test run in “conditions as found” and judges will be aware of any changes.
A briefing open to all involved will take place at on Saturday at 13.00hrs at a location to be advised. The first test in the “Cup Winners Cup” will commence at 14.00. All tests will be allowed 15 minutes with 5 minutes down time in between.
The general event will commence on Sunday morning at 10.00.
Debrief to be given and results to be announced at 16.30hrs. at a location to be advised.
Test 1 Rescuing a cruiser
Whilst you are cruising on the River Thames you see a disabled cruiser with a single handed skipper signalling his need of assistance. You will approach to ascertain the problem. You will be told it has completely lost propulsion and that the skipper is single handed. You will take control of the situation.
You will approach the disabled craft ready to take her on tow alongside. You find the skipper to be single handed and not really knowledgeable to be helpful.
You will take the tow around a figure of eight.
As you get back to the exact spot where you found the craft, it’s skipper will announce that he has found the problem, he will thank you for your help and ask you how you’d like to proceed with casting him off. The test is complete when you have moved away.
Test 2 Rescuing a dinghy or RIB
Whilst you are cruising on the River Thames you spot a drifting rib or dinghy. The able occupant is signalling distress. He has lost his oars.
You will approach to see if you can help and ascertain that the occupant is okay but a bit anxious.
You will decide the best way to get him to safety and communicate your decision to the occupant communicating at the same time what you want him to do.
He will let you know when he feels safe and will then thank you for your help and ask you how you’d like to proceed with casting him off. The test is complete when you have moved away.
It is not a race but the expeditious delivery to a safe situation will be judges.
Test 3 Mooring alongside a river bank
You are to moor the boat for a long stay overnight. There are no bollards available on the bankside. Moor your craft but be aware that the forecast wind is decidedly changeable over the next 24 hours.
You will approach the mooring with care to see if it is suitable. It is.
You will moor your craft using whatever might be available on the bankside if anything, or your own equipment.
Once you have signified that you are satisfied with your mooring you will inform the judges. They will invite you to depart at your leisure. The test is complete when you have moved away. There are no points available for reporting to a harbour master as you are on the end of a public field.