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Ocean Racing Club of Victoria - More images from the SSSC pool session

by John Curnow on 26 Feb 2011
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Ocean Racing Club of Victoria - The safety and training class continues in the pool.

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One of the drills practiced is the huddle with our 'participant' from above in the centre (email me your name if you would please - you can be the current safety poster person and join Gabrielle and Patricia as hero pic holders). Ian Lindsay, one of our regular readers and passer-oners of information tells me, 'Your 'participant' is RMYS member Jordan Crowley, who did Port Fairy and Apollo Bay (very slowly - Ed. Oh yes it was!!!!!!) on Beyond Outrageous. She was also sailing on Tigris for the AWKR.' Thanks Ian, who is very keenly looking forward to the MWS, he tells me.

Based on their 'we have a kite and we'll use it policy', I think I might know where he's coming from...

BTW - The process is imperative for staying warm until the chopper gets there... (and bless them for being available!)



The conga line not only looks great, but also keeps everyone together when moving about.



Hauling someone in is so tremendously hard... Take your seasick pill once you're in, too!!!



I love the life raft righting exercise - first you have to clamber up on to what should be the floor...



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Then balance somewhat precariously and break the water adhesion to the rubber....



Then you absolutely have to lay into it.... all the while thinking to yourself what it would be like in the dark with 60knots blowing.



And I wonder if anyone reminded him that there was yet another dunking about to come up?



So this is Michelle Tapp and it is important to note that you do not have to be on the Committee to assist the ORCV in all of its projects. If you would like to help, call Sally Williams in the office or Simon Dryden, as I'm sure there will be a project you can jump into (Boom Boom - Basil Brush). BTW, many thanks to all of the volunteers in so many areas that make it possible for the ORCV to do successfully deploy all its activities.

Also noteworthy here is one Robin Hewitt (directly behind Michelle), whose dedication to the ORCV is exemplary. I did the very first SSSC that he constructed in 1999 and he still gives so tirelessly of his time and energy. Thank you, Robin.

Now given that this course is always a sell-out, I would jump (argh, argh, argh) at the next one in September (presently slated for 19, 20 and 21 September, Ocean Racing Club of Victoria

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