The RNLI auction has now closed, with final bids being required before 10pm on Saturday 22nd April.

There were quite a few bids coming in during the last 24 hours of the auction. The last hour, however, was rather intense with bidding ‘wars’ going on between people in the Kick Start Rally dining room and via email! The final amount raised is brilliant — £1,700 — with 100% going to the RNLI.

Emails are being sent to the highest bidders, with details on how to pay and how to claim or redeem their lot(s).

Many thanks to all those who participated, and to our generous sponsors for donating the lots.

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RNLI Charity Auction — Available to non-members too!

I’m sure all of us have great respect for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the work they do.

I don’t have access to the 2016 statistics, but in 2015 the RNLI rescued 9,763 people in the UK and Ireland. Their volunteer lifeboat crews rescued 7,973 people whilst the charity’s lifeguards rescued 1,790 people around UK and Irish coastal waters. Since 1824 they have provided invaluable service for marine safety and sustainability, and all this whilst being a non-government funded charity.

In support of the RNLI, the club is running a charity auction, with the winners announced during our Kick Start Rally weekend in April. Also on this weekend, at the Saturday evening AGM and dinner, a member of the RNLI is giving a brief talk on their work; please come along to support this initiative. It is worth noting that 100% of the proceeds from these fundraising initiatives will go to the RNLI, with no administration costs being deducted at all.

Auction Items

The RNLI themselves and some of the club’s preferred suppliers have donated numerous items that are being auctioned off, some of them of significant value:

FINAL Highest Bids and Bidders

ItemDonated ByApprox. Value (£)Reserve Price (£)Highest Bid (£)Bidder NameLocation
Mid-week charter of a Beneteau Oceanis 37Fairview Sailing1,283150705P. ConwayIsle of Wight
One-day boat handling course for four peopleFairview Sailing63675270T. HailsBarnet
Two places on a one-day training courseVortec Marine24050125L. ScullNottingham
Place on Pata Negra from Plymouth to the SolentPerformance Yacht Charter20035150C. EastonBerkeley
Overnight stay for two at the RNLI College in PooleRNLI1202585J. RookeExeter
Helly Hanson Skagen 2 Jacket and TrousersFairview Sailing47575250D. GreenSouthampton
Helly Hanson Crew Midlayer Vest (size XL)Performance Yacht Charter851040O. CookeLondon
Helly Hanson Crewline Polo (size XL)Performance Yacht Charter40525O. CookeLondon
Shopping voucher worth £20Tesco Southampton Extra20520T. HailsBarnet
Nocto interactive bat toyTesco Southampton Extra33520A. TravellSouthampton
Cash donationn/a0No reserve10J. NicolsonDerby
Total Raised So Far1,700

The Auction Bids data feed was last updated on Saturday, 05-May-18 16:40:29 BST.

Bidding Process and Rules - AUCTION NOW CLOSED

The auction opened on Friday 17th March and is available to all, both members and non-members, under the following rules:

  1. Bids under £100 must be in multiples of £1 (no pence); bids over £100 must be in multiples of £5. Bids not complying with this rule, or under the reserve amount, will be rejected.
  2. Bids are to be submitted by email to, stating the item and amount you are bidding.
  3. Non-members must also provide a valid contact number and postal address; phone numbers will be verified.
  4. Bids will be confirmed by return email within three days of receipt at the latest.
  5. Bids are the amount to be paid (so unlike eBay which automatically increments up to the specified amount).
  6. Every few days, and at least weekly, the latest highest bids will be published here.
  7. New, higher bids from existing bidders are allowed.
  8. The auction will close at 10pm BST on the evening of the club’s AGM (Saturday 22nd April); in-person bids will be allowed at the AGM.
  9. Highest bidder at this time wins. In the event of duplicate bids, the earliest bidder wins based on the received date & time in the administrator’s inbox.
  10. The auction administrator (Simon Jackson) is eligible to bid, but only until 23:59 on Wednesday the 19th April.

Points to note on the prizes before bidding: