Riviera

Ladies Skipper Training teaches valuable lessons

Sydney, Australia: Forty Riviera owners gained valuable boating knowledge at R Marine Pittwater’s Ladies Skipper Training workshop, which was held early this month.

The program ran over four sessions with participants divided into small groups and taken out on board a Riviera 47 Open Flybridge where they learnt the basic skills of driving the boat, radio and helm electronics operation.

The sessions were led by Jenny Nugent, director of Sea School Marine Training in Sydney and experienced, long-time Riviera seafarer Bob Young.

R Marine Pittwater dealer principal Bruce Mitchell said the participants were taught valuable lessons including what to do if their partner became incapacitated while out on the water.

“Jenny is a marine trainer and we have found that the women respond a lot more to a female trainer and Jenny was brilliant.  She taught the participants what to do prior to leaving the marina, rope handling, releasing the marina ropes, operating the marine radio in case of an emergency, giving and receiving clear signals to and from the skipper, rules of the water, meanings of navigation marker poles and buoys,” he said.

“Bob owned Riviera Pittwater for many years and he is extremely experienced in driving and handling Riviera boats.  He has done many thousands of ocean miles in Riviera boats.  Bob talked through start up and shut down procedures aboard the boat, as well as getting each participant behind the wheel where he guided them in approaching a buoy, dropping anchor, backing up, manoeuvring and stopping the boat.”

Chris Arnold who owned a Riviera 36 Twin Cab said the Ladies Skipper Training really helped her overcome some of her boating fears.

“My downfall is nervousness on the water when surrounded by other vessels.  Jenny put this fear to rest with her repeated instruction to participate well in advance, plan and react and therefore avoid any scary situation,” she said.

“This should be 'drummed in' on each training, no matter what level of training.  We certainly had many chances to put this training to good use whilst the different ladies were driving.

“Every time Jenny spoke she had something memorable to say, such as little tips on how to remember the different markers.”

Ngaire Callaghan owner of Riviera 45 Open Flybridge “The Main Game” said the afternoon was very relaxed and informative.

“The afternoon certainly provided an opportunity to refresh past knowledge I had from getting my boat licence 19 years ago and more recently from viewing a maritime video with my younger son, such as cardinal marks, so I can only imagine that others who may not have had past experience would have picked up on a lot of sound information for boating,” she said.

“On reflection it was an opportunity I am glad I took advantage of and look forward to participating in future events - if not for gaining knowledge but also to meet and make new boating friendships within the Riviera family.”

Gael Timms owner of Riviera 47 Open Flybridge “Youanmi II” said she really enjoyed participating in the course and meeting new people.

“I was lucky to have some one-on-one time with Jennifer and apart from being very interesting to talk to, I learned a few things that I didn’t know,” she said.

Lisa Hickey Riviera syndication owner of Riviera 5800 Sports Yacht “Bellagio” said Bob was really helpful with the mechanics of the boat while Jenny was very informative about maritime rules and regulations.

“I was among the few who didn’t have my boat licence, but spent the next day on our boat with a skipper going over the boat,” she said.

Mr Mitchell said the Ladies Skipper Training was extremely popular with Riviera owners and they plan to host an advanced program later this year.

“We are pleased everyone walked away with some valuable knowledge, experience and confidence, which we hope will add to their boating enjoyment,” Mr Mitchell said.

“The feedback from participants was greatly appreciated and we will take all comments on board when preparing our advanced Ladies Skipper Training.”

For details of future R Marine Pittwater events, contact R Marine Pittwater on email info@rmarinepittwater.com.au or www.rmarinepittwater.com.au or +61 2 9979 7000.

 

 

 

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Click to enlarge image: Forty Riviera owners participated in R Marine Pittwater's Ladies Skippers training workshop

Forty Riviera owners participated in R Marine Pittwater's Ladies Skippers training workshop


The participants were split into groups and taught valuable lessons such as what to do if their partner should become incapacitated while out

The participants were split into groups and taught valuable lessons such as what to do if their partner should become incapacitated while out


Marine Trainer Jenny Nugent (left) taught participants rope handling, marine radio operation, rules of the water, & meanings of navigation markers

Marine Trainer Jenny Nugent (left) taught participants rope handling, marine radio operation, rules of the water, & meanings of navigation markers


Long-time Riviera seafarer Bob Young shared his experience with the women of Riviera

Long-time Riviera seafarer Bob Young shared his experience with the women of Riviera


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