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  • 10 Feb 2019 12:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Lobbying by both the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and the Cruising Association (CA) has pursuaded the Maritime & Coastguard Agency to convene a ‘Lobster Pots & Small Craft Safety Working Group’.   The Group is composed of members from the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations (NFFO), RYA and CA tasked with seeking better ways for avoiding small craft entanglement and also improved methods of law enforcement.

    Group Members: (left to right) Ian Wilson (CA), Gwilym Stone (MCA), Robert Greenwood (NFFO), Michael Coyle (MMO) and Stuart Carruthers (RYA).

    The first meeting took place at CA House on 16 January 2019 to prioritise their tasks and set up a review of the existing regulatory powers across the UK.

  • 29 Jan 2019 15:25 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    GGR 2018-19

    73-year old Frenchman Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, in his Rustler 36 ‘Matmut’, has completed the Golden Globe Race non-stop circumnavigation back to Les Sables d’Olonne in France.  He crossed the finishing line early this morning after 212 days at sea.   He is the first to finish since the race started last July and was greeted alongside by a huge welcoming crowd and a large bottle of champagne presented by Robin Knox-Johnson (winner of the original 1968-69 race).

    Dutchman Mark Slats, in second place, has diverted to La Caruna following advice to avoid being dangerously trapped on a lee-shore in the Bay of Biscay by an approaching storm.   His Rustler 36 ‘Ophen Maverick’ was trailing by just 320 miles after narrowing Van Den Heede's lead by 91 miles over the weekend.

    Third placed Uku Randmaa of Estonia lies 3,600 miles astern in his Rustler 36 ‘One and All’ (previously owned by GCCC Past Commodore Tony Atkins and sold specifically for use in the race).

    With just four boats yet to finish out of the original eighteen, more news can be followed at  or

  • 23 Jan 2019 09:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fact or Fiction?

    A 'freak wave' has been recreated for the first time!  The Oxford and Edinburgh University research workers also noted a similarity to the famous Japanese woodblock print 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa' by artist Katsushika Hokusai (c1829).  

    The laboratory-induced wave was formed by varying two smaller wave groups until their crossing angle reached 120 degrees.   These freak or rogue waves, officially known as 'Draupner' waves, appear without warning and may cause the catastrophic sinking of large ships (not to mention small sailing boats!)

    Compare the researcher's video shot with Hokusai's woodblock print:


    The Draupner (or 'New Year') wave measured 25m and was the first rogue wave ever detected by a measuring instrument.   It crashed into the Draupner Oil Rig platform off the Norwegian Coast on 1 January 1995, fortunately without injury to personnel or damage to the rig.  No longer can such waves be considered a mythological figment of the sailor's imagination!

  • 12 Jan 2019 12:47 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Eastern Channel Dredge

    A new Eastern Channel will be dredged to 2.25m below chart datum and provide a more direct route to the Main Fairway than the existing Small Craft Channel.  The dredge will start early in January 2019 and be completed within eight weeks.  The existing Small Craft Channel will stay open most of the time but there may be occasions when only the Main Fairway can be used.  See LNTM No. 33(T) 2018 for more details.

    Sign up for LNTMs to be kept informed.

  • 03 Jan 2019 18:59 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 50th anniversary of what is now the world’s largest indoor boat show ‘Boot Düsseldorf’ opens from 10am-6pm January 19-27 at the Messe Duesseldorf in Germany.  With 17 halls of exhibits to explore there is something available for anyone interested in boating. 

    Photo: Entrance hall boot

    Travel arrangements include direct flights (1hr 15min) from London Heathrow (British Airways) or 4 hrs by car from Calais.   A free shuttle-bus service operates from Düsseldorf Airport directly (5-10mins) to the show.

  • T2L

    13 Dec 2018 11:25 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    T2L before Brexit?

    What is a T2L?:-   

    VAT has been payable on all boats sold in the EU since 1993, or deemed ‘VAT paid’ for older boats without a VAT certificate.   Goods in one EU country can move freely across EU borders without liability for further VAT or import tax and such ‘Union Goods’ qualify for an EU 'T2L' document that proves goods have this status.   Boats without a VAT certificate are vulnerable to Temporary Importation where it must leave the EU within 18 months or pay VAT on it's prevailing market value.

    After Brexit:-  

    Vessels bought in the UK after Brexit on March 29th may be liable for EU VAT on entering the EU for more than 18 months.  HMRC will likely no longer issue or validate T2L documents, although may do so during any transition period.   It is assumed that vessels paying VAT in the UK before Brexit will be accepted by the EU as EU VAT paid, but proof may be needed.

    Why you need a T2L:-

    It is worthwhile obtaining a T2L document if planning to keep your boat in the EU for more than 18 months, or to sell it in an EU country.  It might also be useful to demonstrate to HMRC that the vessel is UK VAT paid when returning to the UK after a period abroad, preferably within 3 years to avoid losing it's VAT-paid status.   The Cruising Association strongly advises all members who own boats where VAT has been paid to obtain a T2L in good time before the Brexit date, and to act without delay.

    How to get a T2L document:-

    Contact HMRC during office hours on tel: +44(0)300 200 3700 and ask for a C88 (Status) Form - only page 4 is needed, or contact the RYA if a member.   Once completed it should be posted to HMRC, together with copy of VAT payment (usually an invoice or receipt from the builder or importer) and boat registration [Part 1 or III (SSR)].   Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.  HMRC have so far returned the form with a stamp of approval relatively quickly and without charge.

    Instructions on how to complete the form (courtesy of the Cruising Association) can be found here.

  • 02 Dec 2018 09:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New Prada Cup

    The America’s Cup community attended Yacht Club de Monaco last week at the unveiling and launch of the Prada Cup, designed by Marc Newson (AUS) and hand-crafted by a consortium of Florentine Silversmiths.   The Prada Cup will replace the Louis Vuitton Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Challenger Series in preparation for the 36th America's Cup ('AC36') in 2021.  

    Prada Cup Launch at Yacht Club de Monaco - photo © Prada Cup

    2021 America Cup Schedule:

    The preliminary World Series events are being held in 2019 (two events) and 2020 (three events) at various venues around the world plus an additional Christmas Regatta in December 2020.   The Challenger Series (Prada Cup) events are all to be held in New Zealand during January and February 2021.   The final America Cup match occurs in Auckland from 6-21 March 2021 between the 'Challenger' (Prada Cup Winner) and the current AC holder 'Team New Zealand' of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.  

    The 75ft flying 'AC75’ foiling monohulls will be launched from March 31st 2019 and the first World Series event takes place in Cagliari, Sardinia next October.   Each team can launch two boats, the second boat no sooner than 1st January 2020.   The two boats cannot be sailed on the water together, excepting those from Team New Zealand - during the Challenger Series.

    Maison Mumm will be returning after 35 years as the Official Champagne Partner.

    A video of the new foiling monohull design can be found at

  • 26 Nov 2018 06:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    How Advanced are Solar Panels?

    Alex Thomson, based in Gosport, intends to race around the world without using fossil fuels.   In association with Oceanvolt, his team is building a brand new ‘HUGO BOSS’ for the Vendee Globe 2020-21.   An electric motor & batteries, charged by solar panels, will provide all the power necessary for onboard communication, navigation, water-making and autopilot.

    Solar panels, located across the deck, will deliver all the boat’s energy needs - even when crossing the Southern Ocean in significantly restricted sunlight.

    Technology marches on!

  • 16 Nov 2018 10:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Following a transit of the North West Passage, Steve Brown will cover two expeditions to South Georgia & Antarctica in 2017-18.

    Wed 20 March 2019 1900 hrs at CA House, London.

    Amid amazing scenery, Steve & his team on a 60’ schooner encounter storms, blizzards, dense sea ice and recover from a potentially catastrophic grounding.  Steve will give an impression of what sailing in these challenging cruising grounds is really like.

    To attend this talk, click Book Events and pay on the door.   Any problems with booking please call or email Jeremy on 020 7537 2828/

    Tickets priced at £4 for CA members & £7 for non-members.

  • 05 Nov 2018 23:08 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A Leap Forward?

    Accidental drowning after slipping through the guard rail and being towed face-down at the end of a two-metre tether has been the subject of considerable debate.

    In response to this problem TeamO Marine developed a ‘BackTow’ lifejacket that towed face-up, receiving widespread acclaim in 2013 for innovation.

    An ‘A-frame’ clips as standard to a front loop on the harness and runs up the lifejacket to a point behind the neck.   It releases manually under load, similar to that of a parachute ripcord.

    Working with Crewsaver and Artemis AC, TeamO Marine have developed an improved ‘MkII BackTow’ including a personal AIS pocket and optional AutoLock Tether (“a seatbelt for the sea”). 

    AutoLock’s lightweight reel self-adjusts tether length when moving around the deck.   Any fall is immediately arrested, after which the pressure is eased and the reel starts working again.    

    BackTow MkII lifejackets with optional AutoLock tether are due on the market by autumn 2018. See the products from TeamO

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