I have received several comments that the Password Reset option on the website is not working. I have tried it and found that it does indeed work but can be somewhat confusing so here is the routine.

Select the "Forgot your password?" option displayed in the Member Login area

Enter the email address associated with your User account in the text box provided

Enter the CAPTCHA text exactly as shown, including any spaces between groups, in the "Type the text" box

Click on Submit and an email with a link will be sent to your email account, check your SPAM folder as it is likely to end up there

In the email will be a link, probably highlighted in blue which will look something like this 

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Copy the link, paste it into your browser address line and hit return, you will then be taken to the Verification page where the code should already be added

Enter your User Name click on Submit and you will be taken to the Reset Password page

Enter your new password, confirm it, click on Submit and you will be taken to the Login page where you will be able to login using your new password

In the interest of security please select a password of at least 8 characters containing upper and lower case letters, numbers and other characters, for example:-

  =Sadler25! or /Moody28\ or perhaps your boat name backwards with additional characters. The choice is endless!!

If you have forgotten your User Name  Select the "Forgot your User Name?" option displayed in the Member Login area and follow the instructions displayed on the page. You will be sent an email containing you User Name.

 

     Safety Advice on the use of Kill Cords in RHIBs

Following the publication of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch's Safety Bulletin 1/2013 on 17 May the RYA is reminding everyone driving powerboats and RIBs to wear a kill cord.

In its bulletin the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) says that the RIB involved in the tragic accident in Padstow over the May Bank Holiday was fitted with a kill cord but that it was not attached to the driver at the time.

Always attach the kill cord to the driver.

All owners and operators of such vessels fitted with a kill cord should:

  1.     Test them regularly to ensure that the engine stops when the kill cord mechanism is operated
  2.     Make sure that the cord is in good condition
  3.     Always attach the cord to the driver, ideally before the engine is started, but certainly before the engine is put in gear
  4.     When changing drivers it is strongly recommended that you should turn the engine off before transferring the kill cord from one driver to the other. The engine should only be restarted when the kill cord has been securely attached to the new driver.

It's there to protect you!!


Richard Falk, RYA Training Manager and Chief Examiner said: "The kill cord serves only one vital purpose, to stop the engine when the driver moves away from the controls for whatever reason."

"No one wants a repeat of this tragic accident and so the RYA is urging everyone driving a powerboat, RIB or personal watercraft to make sure that they attach the kill cord around their leg before they switch on their engine."

"In this type of boat a kill cord is just as important as wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. Both are there to protect you".

Click here to read RYA Safety Advice.

Click here to watch a YouTube video.

Click here to read the MAIB Report.


 
Peter Williams (Vice Commodore at Topsham Sailing Club)
 
Lifejackets
 
Lifejackets save lives – all the evidence indicates that a correctly fitted lifejacket will significantly improve your chances of survival if the unforeseen or unfortunate occurs.  Not only will a lifejacket keep you afloat and allow you to adopt the HELP position that minimises heat loss (Heat Escape Lessening Position), it should turn an unconscious casualty to keep the airway above the water.  
A point to note is that water takes away body heat at a rate 26 times faster than air and that Cold Water Shock can cause a degree of incapacitation immediately on entry into the water.
The inflated jacket also provides a much more visible target for would be rescuers. A lifejacket should have as standard fitting a whistle and reflective tape. But a lifejacket fitted with crutch straps, a spray hood (Royal Naval research says it increases your survival chances by up to 60%) a light which is in date (and you know where it is and how to operate it quickly) becomes much more effective should you find yourself unexpectedly in the water.
Lifejacket design has progressed and modern lifejackets are compact, lightweight and easy to wear. The correct fitting of the lifejacket is vital so that it functions correctly for the wearer - this is an extremely important aspect of the design of the lifejacket.
Around 30% of lifejackets checked each year by RNLI Sea Safety Advisers would fail to operate correctly when deployed – this is very scary statistic which can be reduced with a few simple checks.
The webbing should be free from broken stitching and buckles and fasteners should operate freely and correctly.  The inflation chamber should be in good condition and not abraded or punctured, the cylinder should be free of corrosion which could cause chaffing or puncturing of  the inflation chamber. The inflation mechanism should operate correctly with the inflation cylinder screwed in securely (do not over-tighten), the weight of the fully charged cylinder is marked on the outside and can be checked by weighing on postal scales.  Auto inflation cartridges should be in date and not “fired” and the jacket should be inflated using a dinghy or hand pump and remain inflated for 24 hours. 
Periodically open and wash lifejackets with fresh water to remove salt deposits then allow to dry thoroughly before repacking, following the manufacturers diagrams to prevent the inflation bladder twisting when inflated.
From time to check the manufacturer’s website to see if your lifejackets are subject to recall for correction of design or manufacturing faults.  
Lifejackets should be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s service instructions and this can be arranged through most local chandlers.
RNLI Sea Safety Advisers will be pleased to provide advice and guidance on selection, inspection and fitting of lifejackets. 
A really bad time to discover a faulty lifejacket is when you are in the water and dependent on it for survival!
 
Peter Williams
Shimera