Name that boat

In 2021 we expended our fleet of powerboats with a new 6m RIB, with support from Sports England and Co-Op Community Fund. With the start of the sailing season it’s  ready for use and is supporting our activities on the water.

We needed a name for the RIB, and put a few options to our members and families. After 2 weeks of voting the results are in: and the winner is… <drumroll>… Nelson.

A name long associated with 3rdCB, Nelson was name of the original Sea Scout Troop and the Group’s first RIB. In Naval links, HMS Nelson was a WW1 battleship, sister to HMS Rodney, and the present day Naval Base in Portsmouth. Thank you to everyone who voted.

Naming options

After much discussion we’ve narrowed the list of names down to four options for members to choose from. These names are below, with a bit of history around them, and the results of the poll are at the bottom of the page.

  • Nelson – A name long associated to 3rdCB, Nelson was name of the original Sea Scout Troop, and the Group’s first RIB. In Naval history, HMS Nelson was a WW1 battleship, and sister to HMS Rodney
  • Juno – Juno was one of the Normandy beaches in WW2 taken by the Canadians on D-Day, and a Royal Navy Leander-class Frigate in the 1960s. Juno is the Roman Goddess of marriage and childbirth.
  • Protector – Protector is the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship; the name is representational of the protective work that a safety boat needs to do.
  • Bandit – Bandit was a Royal Navy Brigand salvage tug based in South Africa in WW2.

Footnote: Many have asked why we don’t name it after our former GSL Ian Johnson, his name isn’t on the list as we’re planning to name the new boating centre after him as a more lasting legacy.

What should we name our new RIB?

  • Nelson (37%, 20 Votes)
  • Protector (24%, 13 Votes)
  • Bandit (22%, 12 Votes)
  • Juno (17%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 54

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