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  • 11 Oct 2019 14:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After last Tuesday's workshop on Safety Equipment, here is some more information about the RYA SafeTrx system which replaced the old Coastguard CG66 service.

    An All At Sea magazine major article. The link is   Go to page 50.

    Also the RYA website


  • SSB

    07 Oct 2019 15:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Single Side Band (SSB) Radio 

    For quite some time, sailing on the ‘high seas’ meant having to use AM radio communication with a range of up to 200 miles, at least until until HAM and SSB radios became more reliable.   

    Nowadays, satellite phones are becoming more affordable and able to provide voice, text and email connection anywhere in the world.  When going a long way offshore, using a satphone, inexpensive Iridium GO and a laptop for emails may result in SSB becoming largely redundant.

    Join the debate at

  • 20 Sep 2019 08:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Whitbread is back! 

    The Ocean Globe Race 2023 retro-event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first fully-crewed Round the World Race of 1973 (sponsored by Whitbread Breweries). 

    Only production yachts designed before 1988 of LOA 47-66ft and well proven construction will be eligible.   There will be a maximum of 30 entrants and navigation will be limited to sextant paper plots with no satellite communications.

    Starting on 10th September 2023, the race creates a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for ordinary sailors to follow the classic four-leg Europe-Africa-Australasia-S America-Europe route with three 2-3 week stopovers.

  • 03 Sep 2019 12:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Temporary Closure

    Buckler's Hard Marina is closed to visiting yachtsman from 23rd September until January next year, and partially thereafter until March 2020, due to reconfiguration works and dredging.   Full details are available in the document below:-

    NtoR Users 2 of 2019 - Temporary Closure of Buckler's Hard Yacht Harbour to Visiting Yachtsman.doc
  • 02 Sep 2019 09:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Coastwatch stations are happy to check AIS transmissions, particularly at the beginning of the sailing season.   

    More details can be found at

    Not all stations can monitor AIS so it’s worth checking the NCI website at

  • 19 Aug 2019 10:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Via the NW Passage

    Norbert Sedlacek is sailing an ‘Open 60’ yacht to become the first sailor ever to complete a singlehanded, nonstop circumnavigation through all five oceans including both the Arctic and the ‘Southern’ - approximately 34,000nM in around 200 days.

    His course takes him through the NW Passage from east to west, then south around Cape Horn and Antarctica in the Southern Ocean to pass Cape Horn a second time before heading north back home to Les Sables d'Olonne.

  • 05 Aug 2019 16:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Next Generation?

    The 36th America's Cup may be two years away but the local Kiwi industry may already be ‘winning’.   AC defender Team New Zealand sets the boat design rules and has come up with an AC75 monohull in the hope that a trickle-down effect will permeate the industry.

    “A solid fixed-wing catamaran needing 30 or 40 people to launch it every day .. isn’t practical for the average yachtsman.... We're trying to come up with a semi-soft wing .. that could eventually be seen on cruising boats.”

    Full article:

  • 26 Jul 2019 07:01 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Big One

    340 IRC entrants are setting off on 3 August for the Fastnet Challenge Cup in the world's largest offshore yacht race - including an unprecedented entry of 'non-IRC' boats, mostly from France. 

    27 IMOCA 60s and a handful of 100ft+ maxi trimaran ‘Ultimes’ (the world's largest and fastest offshore racing boats) will also be taking part in an attempt to beat the current record of 32 hrs 48 mins at an average speed of 18.5 knots, set in 2011 by Banque Populaire V.

    An unusually large number of British female skippers, including Sam Davies and Pip Hare, will be competing.

  • 12 Jul 2019 10:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Know your limits!

    A useful reminder from the MOD, available to see on the following website:-

  • 02 Jul 2019 13:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Alex Thomson of ‘Hugo Boss’ puts on an amazing show!

    Check it out on YouTube:-

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