2014 at the
Blundellsands Sailing Club, Hightown
Photographs by L Trollope.
AS they say, we never know
when we may need the emergency services, but even in a maritime area
like Merseyside, lifeboats are probably not the service that 1st
comes to mind, although a few 2nd thoughts might remind us of
occasions when we too might need their help, at that is not just at
the seaside! For members of a sailing community however, that
awareness is considerably sharpened. Thus each year members of
Blundellsands Sailing Club hold an event in support of these
services. This year it was held over 12 July to 13 July 2014, at
their premises in Hightown, when they sought to raise public
awareness of and funds for both the local RNLI (Royal National
Lifeboat institution) which is based in New Brighton and Southport's
own independent lifeboat. Both incidentally crewed by volunteers.
Just to underline the fickleness of the climate, after a spell of
warm, calm days, despite the sunshine, a sharp breeze blew up making
the waters of the inlet too choppy for the anticipated visit of the
rescue hovercraft, and unfortunately the RNLI's New Brighton
lifeboat was called for other duties. The crew of the Southport boat
did make it to the bay and we snapped them as they carried out some
manoeuvres in the chilly waters. Back on shore, they particularly
welcomed some of the delicious, well cooked sausages and burgers
being served up for the public. Outside also, a lively group of
musicians The Vice President, provided entertainment for the hardy
who braved the breeze to listen. Inside the clubhouse were stalls of
RNLI souvenirs, bric-a brac, various guessing competitions, and
drinks and cakes, all to raise cash. We were told that the previous
day members of the club had held sailing races to generate
additional funds. All proceeds are to be divided between the RNLI
and Southport boats. The President of the Club outlined the
intentions of the weekend and said that he wished to thank all those
concerned. Despite the wind and the alternative attractions in the
area, there was a steady stream of visitors throughout the day and
hopefully a significant amount will pass to the charities concerned.
It was good to see people acknowledging and supporting others, who,
in their turn, are giving their time and energies to providing a
service to the community; one which can be hazardous at times, but
continues to be manned by willing volunteers.
Did you see our related report:- 'Hidden Views on Merseyside'
series... Alt Estuary, in the 3 July 2014 issue? If not, you can
here to still see it.