During a recent visit to Poole, the Poole Unit of the Maritime Volunteer Service was very pleased to welcome their Patron, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO KStJ who spent just over an hour with the Unit, seeing a Navigation Class in progress, a photographic display of some of our activities, a short presentation on Tom Sherrin the Pilot launch under renovation,meeting 2 of our founder members, a cross section of our total membership and see all of the vessels we currently have afloat, including a Jet-Ski certification course just being successfully concluded for 2 members.
HRH was most pleased with all that he saw and spent some time talking to several of the members, one of whom only joined this month, who really appreciated his visit. The visit concluded with a visit to Port of Poole Marina where our vessels were dressed overall for the occasion, Avocet which is used for Harbour Patrols, Trevora the Bridge Patrol RIB, Ocean Adventure a larger diesel powered RIB used for advanced training and our Jet-Ski with the 2 successful candidates on board.
He was able to go on board St. Elin, a catamaran launch adapted with a disabled access ramp, owned by the Green Island Holiday Trust but operated on their behalf by the M.V.S. Whilst on board he met with Di Scupholme the fundraiser for G.I.H.T.
HRH left by sea at the conclusion of the visit.