Sutton Mariners Sailing Club

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Weekly meetings take place on Thursday evenings and are normally held in the ‘MBA Lounge’, formerly known as the ‘Times Square Hall’, at the VBS Community Stadium, Gander Green Lane, Sutton, Surrey unless stated otherwise under Venue in the programme. 

Meetings start at 20.00. – Talks start at 20.15 unless stated otherwise in the event.

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Quiz Answer

1 April, 2021

This could be regarded as a distress situation as the wind is South Westerly and the dinghy is being blown onto a lee shore.
You should not send a DSC mayday (i.e. hit the red button) as that will give your position when sending. I think a Mayday Relay message on their behalf would probably be the best option.
The details should include what sort of vessel is in trouble, the reason for the call i.e. lee shore, the bearing and distance from the light (i.e. 2120 M, 1 mile (they know where the light is but not the dinghy)), the number of people involved – if known – and the fact that they are in shallow water. (The rescue services would need to send a vessel that can operate in a reduced depth of water.) I would stand by on station as near as possible and advise the rescue services as such until further instructions are given.

Should the situation have been that it was an offshore wind, I would probably have changed the type of call to an Urgency (Pan-Pan) call as it would not necessarily be a distress situation.
In either case, it is probably not advisable to set off any form of distress flare as it would likely cause vessels to come to your assistance, not the casualty.
Of course, every situation is different and you have to make a decision on the circumstances at the time. You can never be wrong if you think you are doing the right thing to save lives.


1 April, 2021
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Len Perkins

Visitors are welcome on any Thursday club night held at the VBS Community Stadium