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29th May 2013

On Saturday1st June the club will be hosting a BBQ in aid of the RNLI so I thought that I would take this opportunity to give you a few facts about this incredible organisation.

In 2012 there were 8321 lifeboat launches, which rescued and average of 22 people a day. 49% of launches were to leisure craft users, 20% to people ashore, 13% to people in the water, 10% to merchant or fishing vessels and 8% to other sea users. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboats, and since 2001, its lifeguards, have saved more than 140,000 lives. Lifeboats cost from 39,000 (D Class) to 2.7m for a Tamar Class and to equip an offshore crewman costs around 800.  



The RNLI has its own purpose built college in Poole with specialist facilities including bespoke training boats and a purpose-built mission simulator. A survival centre hosts the trainee crew courses where, in the wave pool, complete darkness, thunder, lightning, and helicopter recovery can all be simulated to very real effect.


All of this doesn't come cheaply...It costs around 385,000 a day to run the RNLI...all of which comes from public donations. We hope to contribute a few hundred pounds to this, so please come down on Saturday and help support this astonishing organisation.

Best wishes

Andrew Kirkwood

BCC 2013 Events

Coming Up

1st June - RNLI BBQ 

Following the success of last years event, we are holding a barbeque on Saturday 1st June in aid of the RNLI. As last year, the event will take place at the Brentford Dock barbeque area by the river between midday and 4pm. Everybody is welcome...bring a bottle and join the party.   


Thanks to Steve Tatham has been working tirelessly to organise everything and thanks also to those who have offered assistance.


Its not too late to offer a helping hand.  Please let Steve know  if you are able to bring a salad, help set up at around 9.30am on Saturday morning, help out with food prep or help tidy up at the end. 


There is a lot to do so please, please offer your services in whatever way you can. Equally as important, please come down and buy a burger to make it all worthwhile! 


Please email  Steve as soon as possible at stevetatham@hotmail.com to let him know what you are able to do/provide.



 7th/8th/9th June - River Wey


We have a couple of boats joining Twickenham Yacht Club's trip up the River Wey, leaving on Friday and returning on Sunday.  If you would like to join the trip, please email Commodore@brentfordcruisingclub.co.uk

22nd-27th June - Medway Cruise
Plans for the Medway cruise have not come together quite as anticipated, but George Rowell will be heading off regardless. If you are interested in joining George's crew for a few hours or overnight let me know  Commodore@brentfordcruisingclub.co.uk

22nd June - Potter to the Pub...if you up for a short cruise up to the Anglers...let me know. Commodore@brentfordcruisingclub.co.uk 



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June 2013
1st - Saturday- Pontoon Party & RNLI Barbeque at Brentford Dock
8th/9th - River Wey weekend
22nd - Saturday - Afternoon potter upriver
22nd -29th  Medway Cruise
July 2013
13th - Saturday - Twickenham Yacht Club Regatta
27th - Saturday - White Swan raft race - or an excuse for a beer.The White Swan
August 2013
10th - Sunbury Fireworks and Regatta Sunbury Fireworks then on to Windsor for horseracing on Sunday.
24th - Saturday - ATYC Regatta West India Dock
September 2013
7th - Saturday- Great  River race and riverside picnic at Brentford Dock
14 - 16th - Saturday - Monday. London Ring.
23rd - 24th  Monday/Tuesday. Night cruise to Lime House.
October 2013
5th - Saturday - Afternoon cruise to the Anglers in Teddington/Fish and Chips at the Apprentice
18th - Friday - Cruiser end of season party at Twickenham Yacht Club
November 2013
27th - Wednesday - AGM
8pm at the Residents Club
December 2013
7th - Saturday - BCC Christmas Party

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