Volonteers to spend 24 hrs in a liferaft in the North Sea, according to this article .
67 year old Ron Ingraham survive for 12 days at sea in his sailboat after being blown off course on a fishing trip around the hawaiian islands. The story was covered in all the US news outlets
Does this qualify as a story of lifeboat survival? After all, he had his entire sailboat with him, although it was dissabled in its ability to sail due to some mast damage, he did still have a mast and sails, and fishing gear. He said he ran out of water and had to "hydrate on fish".
Here is an article on Ingrahams experience in the LA times
Here is a tally of all the historic reports available on accidental and intentional voyages between the Polynesian Islands titled Table of Accidental and Deliberate Voyages
Lifeboat not large enough for number of people onboard.
Tale of survival after they swim 6 k to nearest island, which has no water, but an active volcano instead.
Aug 15 2014 article in Australian news
The International Life Boat Racing Association Announces the 2014 ILBRA World Cup To be Held In Culebra, Puerto RIco this March. Competitors Urged to Register Early.
The International Life Boat Racing Association Board of Directors has called for a official meeting to discuss the rules of this years competition, to be head in cooperation with the Royal Yacht and Pony Club of Dewey, Culebra, Puerto RIco, This Friday night at 8 pm.
Among the items to be discussed are whether or not Embattled Association President Smith should remain at the helm of the organization and if a Psychological Evaluation Board Should be established.
While a fixed date for the competition has not been made due to a struggle among equally divided members of the board about whether or not a raft made of coconuts and fishing net ( ibid Henri Carriere) is permitted in the competition, but the official start could be as early as Friday night after the meeting, or within a few weeks. As always, the competition cannot be concluded until all competitors return to point of origin of the race and are assessed for points earned.
Believe it or not, mariners today are compelled to spend a few days launching, recovering and rowing lifeboats around the bat at their local Coast Guard base or Maritime Academy , even though they are by and large a thing of the past in today's commercial fleet. I ce
"Stand by the stern/bow", "Cast off the bow/stern", "Shove off"Bowline and stern line are uncleated from dock and cast off. Rowers take oars and push boat away from the dock.
"Stand by the Oars"
Oarlocks are placed in sockets, oars are rested on the gunwales, blades flat and pointed towards the bow and resting against rowlock of man behind in order from aft forward.
Lift oars and place them in rowlocks with blades trimmed fore and aft (flat).
"Stand by to Give Way"
(may or may not be given)Follow the man in front of you, lean forward, push wrists over and dip blades halfway into the water.
"Give way together or Give way"
Follow man in front of you, pulling blade through the water.
"Hold water/Back water port, give way starboard"
Gradual/sharp starboard turn
"Hold water all"
Drop blades in the water, vertically. This command slows the boat.
This command is given when passing an obstruction or another boat. The oars are dragged alongside of the boat with the tips of the blades opposite the motion of the boat.
Blades are brought temporarily out of the water, blades trimmed fore and aft. The command is given after a turn is made and after rowing in an astern motion, to get oarsmen together, given between every command, except "way enough" and "trail oars".
"Stern all/Backwater all"
Oarsmen row in an astern (backward) motion.
Oars are raised to the vertical, blades trimmed fore and aft.
Oars are lowered from "Toss Oars" position to "Oars" position.
"In Bows"Two oarsmen in the bow of the boat, boat the oars and help fend off or pick up a man in the water.
Complete stroke, swing oars into the boat together, take rowlocks out of sockets, bring lifelines into boat.
"Stand by the bow/stern"
"Secure the bow/stern"When returning to the dock, and after "way enough" rowers in bow and stern secure the boat with the bow and stern lines.
Draw the oar through the oarlock until the handle rests on the opposite gunwale. This command is given after the command oars.
"Boat the Oars"
All oars brought into the boat with the handles aft and blade forward.
A Message from Embattled Association President Smith
Ever wonder if your Lifeboat will be ready when you need it? I do. That's why every year I have the crew bust her out of the deck chocks and take her for a spin