As both a dinghy and occasional offshore sailor, I have always considered a regular donation to the RNLI to be a worthwhile insurance premium for my sport. I have huge respect for their volunteers and what they achieve on a daily basis. However, according to an article in the Times this morning (link to follow) the RNLI have been spending millions on overseas projects including giving out burkinis in some countries and investing in a crèche in Tanzania. This comes at the same time that they are cutting over a hundred of their funded posts and “rationalizing” costal stations in the UK. If this is true, then they have lost the plot any have certainly seen their last donation from me.