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Bob Procter's Rescue.
Some weeks or so before Bob Proctor died ( October 2005 ) he was involved in a pretty dramatic incident on a sailing boat, Les Garden has sent these few photos of the rescue. 
This is a small selection.  There is more information in Newsletter 25.

BP Rescue1 BP Rescue2
BP Rescue3 Classic wave

This article below of the incident is reproduced courtesy of Practical Boat Owner November 2005 Issue no. 467.

Three yachtsmen and a lifeboatman were left clinging to a liferaft and rigging during a dramatic rescue off the Isle of Kerrera, Scotland, last month, ( October). The men had been on board the 40ft yacht, Classic Wave, which had grounded on a reef at the south-west tip of the island.

As the yacht was taking on water, Oban lifeboat transferred crewman Peter McKinnon aboard with a salvage pump. At first it looked like the pump was going to be able to cope with the job, but when it was overwhelmed by a huge volume of water it was decided to evacuate the crew. The lifeboat managed to rescue one of the yachtsmen, but given the Force 6 winds, swells and pitching rigging, coxswain Ronnie Mackillop decided another approach would be too dangerous. Instead he inflated the liferaft and passed the painter to one of the men on the yacht.

But at this point the yacht slipped off the rocks into deeper water and began to sink. Classic Wave's skipper, Bob Hartley, had difficulty lining the liferaft up with the sinking vessel.

"They always say step down onto the liferaft," he told PBO. "But it was impossible I literally floated off the deck into the water."
Neither Bob(Hartley) nor his crewmate, Bob Proctor, was able to climb into the liferaft, despite having practised it in a pool on a sea-survival course. While they held onto the liferaft, Bob (H) found his oilskins were a great help. "I did suffer cold shock when I first entered the sea, but then my old Musto gear trapped the water and air, and gave me warmth and buoyancy", he said.

The two men were recovered by the RNLI crew, but lifeboatman Peter McKinnon was left clinging to the rigging of the sinking yacht.
"Up until that point, I'd felt very calm," said Bob (H), who was now safely on the lifeboat. But as he saw the crewman in the water he realised what a dangerous situation they were in.

By a stroke of luck the yacht's own liferaft then inflated alongside the lifeboatman, and he grabbed it as it floated by, though was unable to climb inside.
"Imagine the backwash from the rocks, swells and two-knot tides," said Ronnie Mackillop. The sea was like a cauldron; there was no hope of climbing aboard in a buiky lifejacket."

The lifeboatmen were then able to recover their colleague from the water. Bob(H) has praised the actions of the Oban crew. "They did an excellent job," he said. "I can't stress enough how having them alongside gives you confidence".

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Committee Meeting Past Minutes
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Minutes for meeting: August 2000
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Minutes for meeting: April 2003
Minutes for meeting: September 2004
Minutes for meeting: December 2004
Minutes for meeting: April 2005
Minutes for meeting: September 2005
Minutes for meeting: December 2005
Minutes for meeting: April 2006
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Minutes for meeting: May 2007
Minutes for meeting: December 2007
Minutes for meeting: March 2008
Minutes for meeting: June 2008
Minutes for meeting: November 2008
Minutes for meeting: June 2009
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Minutes for meeting: June 2010
Minutes for meeting: December 2010
Minutes for meeting: July 2011
Minutes for meeting: December 2011
Minutes for meeting: May 2012
Minutes for meeting: December 2012
Minutes for meeting: December 2013
Minutes for meeting: June 2014
Minutes for meeting: December 2014
Minutes for meeting: April 2015
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Entry Association Past Newsletters
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Newsletter 1 - July 1990
Newsletter 2 - December 1990
Newsletter 3 - March 1991
Newsletter 4 - September 1991
Newsletter 5 - February 1992
Newsletter 6 - September 1992
Newsletter 7 - February 1993
Newsletter 8 - September 1993
Newsletter 9 - March 1994
Newsletter 10 - October 1994
Newsletter 11 - April 1995
Newsletter 12 - March 1996
Newsletter 13 - January 1997
Newsletter 14 - December 1997
Newsletter 15 - November 1998
Newsletter 16 - October 1999
Newsletter 17 - May 2000
Newsletter 18 - September 2000
Newsletter 19 - May 2001)
Newsletter 20 - July 2001
Newsletter 21 - January 2002
Newsletter 22 - September 2002
Newsletter 23 - October 2004
Newsletter 24 - April 2005
Newsletter 25 - January 2006
Newsletter 26 - August 2006
Newsletter 27 - January 2007
Newsletter 28 - January 2008
Newsletter 29 - August 2008
Newsletter 30 - June 2009
Newsletter 31 - March 2010
Newsletter 32 - August 2011
Newsletter 33 - December 2011
Newsletter 34 - June 2012
Newsletter 35 - December 2012
Newsletter 36 - July 2013)
Newsletter 37 - December 2013
Newsletter 38 - June 2014
Newsletter 39 - December 2014
Newsletter 40 - July 2015
Newsletter 41 - December 2015
Newsletter 42 - August 2016
Newsletter 43 - July 2017

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