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Torbay RNLI lifeboat crew to 'give it some welly' on Saturday 6 May!

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Watch out for Torbay’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew on Saturday 6 May when they will ‘give it some welly’ for the charity’s national Mayday fundraising event

RNLI/Nigel Millard

Torbay all-weather lifeboat 'Alec & Christina Dykes'

Volunteer crews from Torbay Lifeboat Station – ably assisted by members of Brixham Gig Club - will be at St Mary’s beach (near Brixham) to accept a relay baton in the form of a bright Yellow Welly boot (part of lifeboat crew uniform) from a Dartmouth RNLI representative. The volunteer lifeboat crews are taking part in the national Mayday fundraising drive in conjunction with Brixham Gig Club who will help with this event, and with training for the RNLI rowers on board. Brixham Gig Club ladies’ crew have also challenged the RNLI rowers to a race to help boost fundraising totals!

The RNLI’s national Mayday campaign begins on Monday 1 May and will run for the whole month, with fundraising events taking place across the UK and Ireland. This year, the RNLI hopes to raise £750,000 through Mayday, which will be used to fund essential kit for the charity’s brave volunteer lifeboat crews.

The Yellow Welly will then be rowed (aboard the gig and accompanied by the all-weather lifeboat) to Torbay lifeboat station, where visitors will be able to purchase delicious cakes and browse the RNLI Brixham Guild Yellow Welly souvenir stand. At every stop, the public will be able to go aboard the impressive Severn Class lifeboat Alec & Christina Dykes (whilst the gig rowers catch their breath!).

The volunteer crews will then leave aboard the gig and lifeboat, taking the all-important footwear to the next point in the relay, Haldon Pier Torquay for a further stop, then finally the Welly will depart for Babbacombe Pier on the final leg (pardon the pun!) where the rubbery baton will be handed over to a representative for onward relay to Teignmouth lifeboat station.

Full details of the Torbay relay stages are:

Saturday 6 May 2017


Torbay’s leg of the relay begins at St Mary's beach with RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat and Brixham Gig rowers present for handover from Dartmouth crew’s representative


All-weather lifeboat and gig crews arrive at Torbay Lifeboat Station (Brixham) with Yellow Welly. Gig crew rest for 30 minutes before leaving for Haldon Pier, Torquay at 11.30am. All-weather lifeboat open to public 11.00am and 12.00 noon; RNLI Brixham Guild cakes and souvenirs on sale


Yellow Welly arrives at Haldon Pier, Torquay in the gig accompanied by the all-weather lifeboat. Gig rowers rest for 30 minutes before leaving for Babbacombe Quay at 1.00pm. Lifeboat open to the public 12.30 - 1.30pm, when it departs for Babbacombe. RNLI Brixham Guild Yellow Welly souvenirs on sale


Yellow Welly arrives with volunteer RNLI Torbay lifeboat and Brixham gig crews at Babbacombe Quay to be handed over to a representative for the next relay section. All-weather lifeboat open to public 2.00-3.30pm, Yellow Welly souvenirs on sale

Notes to editors

  • For more information on the RNLI’s national May Day fundraising day, visit:
  • Please note that this regional event may be subject to change due to weather / sea conditions on the day
  • RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat will remain available for operational duty throughout this event
  • Photographs:
  • Torbay all-weather lifeboat Alec & Christina Dykes (credit: RNLI/Nigel Millard)
  • RNLI Yellow Wellies (credit: RNLI/Simon Moss)

Torbay Lifeboat Station Key Facts:

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RNLI/Simon Moss

RNLI Yellow Wellies

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