A number of RCYC yachts rafted up at the NSRI base in the V&AW on a beautiful Monday evening to witness the official blessing and launching of “Rotarian Schipper”, named after Hein Schipper, 101, an RCYC member.
While this was the official launch, the new rescue vessel has been in action from its home base at Bakoven for some weeks now, and in fact it’s first Mayday mission was in response to the unfortunate capsizing of “Miroshge” between Duiker Island and Duiker Point about 5 weeks ago. The rescue vessel is well equipped and can reach a speed of 30 knots, making it possible to make the return to its Bakoven home base after the V&AW launch into 15 minute trip!
It was really great to see RCYC showing its support for the NSRI, and an impromptu collection and donation was made that was not only generous in intention and quantum, but also incredibly well received.
Below, the new NSRI rescue RIB “Rotarian Schipper” lines up with RCYC yachts FTI Flyer, Far-Med, Storm and Carousel.
The Rotary Clubs of Table Bay and Newlands and the National Sea Rescue Institute invited the members of the RCYC to join them on their yachts, by rafting up or mustering in the V&AW, to share our celebration in the???