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  • 01 Jul 2020 11:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Better than conventional radar?

    It uses less power, requires no warm up time, gives a clearer picture, needs less tuning and is simpler to use.   Working on Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) broadband pulsation solid state technology, it compares frequency changes between the transmitted and received signals.

    What impact it makes on the marine leisure market over the next few years remains to be seen!

    (see also Digital Radar

  • 25 Jun 2020 12:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you prepared?

    Ensure your fire extinguisher fits through a properly positioned engine compartment access hole. Check that seacocks & fuel valves can all be accessed outside the engine bay.

  • 16 Jun 2020 12:15 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Summer Sailstice 20th Anniversary events are popping up all over the world for this year’s longest day!   The Solent section plans to meet up at Stokes Bay, 10:30am, for a 2hr timed passage to Thorness Bay - just east of Newtown Creek.   Forecast: F4 southerly winds, dry & mainly sunny.

    HW Portsmouth 20 June 2020 1200hrs,

    Go to for more details.

  • 09 Jun 2020 12:47 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Italian Borders 

    Amongst the first to relax it's Covid-19 restrictions Italy opened its borders to the rest of Europe, including the UK, on 3rd June 2020 with little more than keeping to recommended social distancing and hygiene:-

  • 29 May 2020 23:11 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Help Needed

    Many ocean cruisers’ plans are being disrupted by Covid-19 immigration restrictions where countries have 'closed down' for up to a year.  With 10,000 sailors in some form of circumnavigation at any given time, many are currently unable to obtain provisions or resolve medical issues and in need of a lobbyist!   See 

  • 14 May 2020 10:51 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Covid-19 Update

    Latest Government advice is that unlimited outdoor activity, including water sports, can now take place - although limited to groups of household members and one other person whilst continuing to follow social distancing & hygiene guidelines.

    Staying on board overnight, at this stage, is prohibited (unless your primary residence) and so only day sailing is allowed, after first checking with your local marina and port authority.

  • 13 May 2020 22:20 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cowes Harbour opens its facilities but not yet for short stay visitors or for overnight use.  LNTM:-

  • 12 May 2020 23:15 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    RYA Guidance

    In response to the latest Government announcement concerning Covid-19, that unlimited outdoor activity will be permitted in England, the RYA has issued Guidance for English Affiliated Clubs about the importance of planning and the continued need for social distancing and hygiene.

    “We are encouraging clubs to.... carefully plan and develop their own policies.... with clear communication to their membership”.

    Further advice is available on the RYA website

  • 04 May 2020 10:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Quarantine Reminder

    During the COVID-19 crisis Cowes Harbour informs us that it is only open for essential commercial traffic, particularly in view of Government advice that marinas should remain closed.  The Royal Yachting Association additionally advises that UK recreational boat users should “avoid pressure on emergency services, act responsibly and adhere to Government Regulations to help limit spread of the virus.”

    LNTM No.10(T) of 2020

    Policy Statement
    "I wouldn't touch him with a barge pole!". 
    Curmudgeon's Observation (Scuttlebutt #5555)

  • 26 Apr 2020 08:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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