News, Weymouth Lifeboats

Sat 03 August 19

Weymouth RNLI lifeboat week


4pm on Saturday 3rd August, the Grand draw tickets were drawn and the Treasure trail winner was chosen as the last jobs of the day. That was the end of an action packed Weymouth lifeboat week.
The previous Sunday saw the Parade of sail in which 250 vessels of all kinds paraded into and out of Weymouth Harbour, the blessing of the lifeboats and the unveiling of a plaque to celebrate the 150th anniversary.
Monday all eyes turned towards Newtons Cove from the Nothe Gardens where the Lifeboats, Beach lifeguards and Coastguards demonstrated their life saving skills for the crowds to see. At the same time a fishing competition was being held at the Stone Pier. Tuesday the bad weather forced the postponement of the crabbing competition until Thursday. However the bad weather did not stop the Folk Night held at the Wyke Smugglers from going ahead to raise vital funds for the RNLI.
Wednesday saw another lifeboat, lifeguard and Coastguard demonstration, this time at Bowlease Cove.
Thursday saw the crabbing competition along the quayside outside the lifeboat station in the afternoon with a BBQ being held by Weymouth Sailing Club in the evening.
Meanwhile at 7pm at Ferrybridge, 12 teams of up to 10 people battled against each other in the Stand Up Paddleboard races run by Weymouth Watersports.
Friday was the start of the Treasure trail, set around anywhere in the town area the trails entries had to be returned to the lifeboat station by 4pm on Saturday.
Then the big day, Saturday 10.30am to 4.0pm the all-weather lifeboat Ernest and Mabel and the Inshore lifeboat Braemar were open to the public, who also had the chance to meet and chat to the volunteer crews of the lifeboats. Hundreds of people both young and old took the opportunity to look around the lifeboats.
Teresa Drage along with her brother David are the organisers of lifeboat week. Teresa said; ‘Wow what a week,
Thank you to each and every one of you for supporting Weymouth Lifeboat Week. We’ve had a great week and have raised approximately £8,300. Again from all at Weymouth RNLI A BIG THANK YOU