August 2010

  1. Distress Equipment - What the RYA/RNLI/MCA recommend you carry aboard.

    Guidelines for pleasure craft under 13.7m in length, compiled with the RNLI and MCA, outlining the combinations of equipment including flares, EPIRB, and VHFDSC, you could consider carrying and using to indicate that you need assistance, depending upon the type of your vessel and where you use it.
  2. If you are planning to be out on the water in the Yarmouth/Lowestoft area

    beware of planks and bundles of wood that fell off the 79 metre Norwegian registered vessel ‘Sally’ in heavy seas off the east coast of the UK. The cargo loss was about 55 miles due east of Lowestoft.
  3. Round Britain and Ireland

    With the big boats in and the breeze dying it looks more and more like a win for IMOCA60 Artemis Ocean Racing. The smaller boats are still off the west coast of Ireland beating into light and variable southerlies. TP52 John Merricks II and Ker46 Tonnerre de Breskens 3 are battling it out off Start Point with easterly headwinds.
  4. Update on the Round Britain and Ireland race.

    At 14:00 BST Thursday the vast majority of the fleet were in the remotest corner of the North Sea, hundreds of miles from any city and well offshore. The barren coastline of northeast Scotland was the nearest landfall. In essence, they were very much out on their own. Race leader Groupama had managed to struggle past the light winds around...
  5. Is it making you dizzy, this round Britain backwards race?

    Probably a wise move considering the weather off the SW of Ireland today to send them off on an anticlockwise trip. Quite astonishing though that after yesterday's 2pm start Telefonica Azul is already level with the East Neuk of Fife under 24hours later. You can follow the race here.

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