New coxes learn the ropes (and charts and VHF) and all things Skiff at Buckie


On a beautiful Saturday morning in November a gang of 25 novice coxes gathered at Buckie RNLI lifeboat station for an introduction to Coxing from the SCRA. That first day was filled full of ice breaking exercises, introductions to Charts and VHF, equipment and much more. The weather lessons were used to give us an understanding of the weather before our Sunday sessions which mainly would be afloat.

Sunday came and as predicted was a wee bit windy with rollers hitting the wall surrounding the Harbour and showering those nearby with spume, so no leaving the safety of the harbour today. The day started with a session identifying the component parts of a Skiff. We then covered race rules, lifejackets and man overboard drills.

A quick brew then it was time to split into crews and go learn the dark art of practical coxing. We rowed forward, backward and in some cases sideward but all mastered the art of manoeuvring skiffs. After a quick warm up in the lifeboat station it was back outside for a session of man overboard training with Stuart Mack and his colleagues from the RNLI repeatedly throwing themselves off the Skiffs while we then chased around the harbour trying to fish them back out.

So there you have it a fantastic introduction to coxing. Now we need to practice the skills we have learnt. Thanks to the SCRA for running the course, Ali, Gareth, Stuart and Dave, and thanks to the RNLI Buckie station.

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