Fantastic news & a contract win assisted by LBRC

As you may have seen from the pictures and videos posted in our Facebook gallery, Lyme Bay RIB Charter was chartered to assist AgustaWestland in September ’13 as they demonstrated their Merlin AW101 aircraft to the Royal Norwegian Air Force as a potential aircraft for their All Weather Search & Rescue requirement.

Our part in this demonstration was 2 fold:

Firstly to offer a moving vessel to display the ability of the Hover Trim Controller function of the aircraft – precision positioning of the aircraft over a vessel/casualty almost directly beneath and therefore out of visual contact from the pilot.

LBRC was involved in 2 days of test runs along the coastline here in West Bay sitting in 60-70kt down drafts being covered in fine spray as the 14tonne aircraft hovered 40ft overhead!

view from AW101 of LBRC
view from AW101 of LBRC


views of the AW101 from the RIB
views of the AW101 from the RIB





Our 2nd Role was to act as a safety vessel whilst the Norwegian SAR divers/swimmers conducted a series of winching, swimming, recovery and life raft tests.

For this LBRC also had to provide a rescue diver on standby…

LBRC provides support for AW101 SAR demo
LBRC provides support for AW101 SAR demo











Fantasic news from Agusta Westland is that they won the contract to supply 16 AW101’s with a possible 6 more with full support, training and serving…

A contract worth £1 billion!

here was our message from AW

‘Hi Milo – it’s Mark from Westlands. Just to let you know that we have won the contract to build 16 AW101s for Norway, worth £1billion!!

Thanks for your help with the demos in the summer, it all helped to win a valuable customer!’


Have a look at the pictures and video from the demos here

View the video here!

 Read the official press release here


Congratulations to Agusta Westlands from us here at LBRC…

Big Wave videos

With an albeit chilly northerly air flow across Dorset & the Jurassic Coast at present, it does offer us some flat water for those brave enough to don wetsuits/drysuits or oilskins…

However, spend a few minutes checking out these videos and be in awe at the size of the waves!

The warship is particularly cool…


 And this guy is amazing…!

check out this mega surf and downhill snow skiing combo… Looks great!



A little bit of summer sun

The nights may be drawing in and the air temp may be dropping but it was only a few weeks ago that Lyme Bay RIB Charter were carrying happy smiley people up & down the Dorset Jurassic Coastline!

With our RIBs on their trailers & tucked away out of the cold now, videos of tanned faces, sunnies, shorts, flip-flops, blues waters & golden sandstone cliffs are about as close as we’re going to get for a little while…

Still, reminisce of our awesome summer with this cracker from August 2013 of the Hens at sea with us… enjoy

 [note: hit the settings wheel and view this in HD!]


Dorset Tourism Awards Silver Winner

Lyme Bay Rib Charter proudly scoop Silver at the  inaugural Dorset Tourism Awards held at the Tank Museum Bovington in front of a capacity audience of 160last night [24th Oct]

Nominated for ‘Best Activity, Sport or Experience’  we were up against stiff competition from Furleigh Estate Wine Tours and The National Trust – Brownsea Island Poole…

There were nerves and excitement as our category was announced and delight when we were awarded a Silver award!!

 We are very pleased to have been recognised  as a contributor to Dorset Tourism and would like to thank our team for their dedication and hard work in showing off the Jurassic Coastline to our visitors.

We would also like to extend our thanks to all those who have supported us this year by coming to sea with us…

We’ve posted an album of pictures from the awards ceremony on our Facebook page.