TWELVE members of Castle Cove Sailing Club visited the RNLI headquarters in Poole last week for a tour and a series of talks.

After being signed in and presented with lanyards, the visitors were given a number of talks from various volunteers.

They learned about the history of the RNLI, were taken on a site tour, shown the college building and the water tank used for volunteer training.

Castle Cove were also given a conducted tour of the all-weather Lifeboat Centre where the newest Shannon Class lifeboats are being built at a rate of six a year, costing £2.1million each.

Visitor Ann Varlow, said: “The highlight of the day was having a go at the helm of a lifeboat simulator in a storm force seven, navigating through rough seas towards a large container ship that had caught fire, with additional complexities, like man overboard issues.”