Statistics show that in the last five years almost 10,000 yacht sailors have been rescued by the brave volunteers who make the RNLI such an amazing charity. It is their aim to help people enjoy their time at sea and to improve sailing safety for all.
Nearly one month ago, the RNLI launched a Yacht Sailing Safety survey, designed to gather as much information as possible on why sailors choose to partake in activities on the water and how they behave during their time spent sailing. They recognise that prevention is the best course of action, and therefore by gaining a better understanding of yacht sailors in the UK, the RNLI can look to focus their attention on the safety issues they face whilst sailing, in an effort to help preventing incidents occurring. By providing this information, the RNLI will be able to work with other bodies, such as the Royal Yachting Association and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to create relevant, safety messages directed at Yacht Sailors and designed to reduce the number of those needing assistance whilst out at sea. The joint expertise of these three groups combined with the outcomes of the research will result in up to date information expertly tailored for those who require it. The survey will be live until 9th November 2014 . It only takes 15 minutes to complete, and will provide the RNLI and others with vital information which can help save the lives of many. So, calling all Yacht Sailors out there! If you wish to take part in this survey, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RNLIyachting