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  • 19 Jan 2021 09:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, owners of recreational pleasure craft (non-commercial) who sail their craft to and from the United Kingdom (including the Channel Islands) must notify the UK border authorities upon their first arrival into a UK port.

    Before leaving the UK (which includes going to the Channel Islands), you must advise the Border Force of your intentions by posting form C1331 (the address it must be posted to can be found on the form).

    'Q' Flag

    Both non-UK flagged vessels and UK flagged vessels returning from a trip outside of UK territorial waters (12 miles from shore) must now fly the ‘Q’ flag where it can be readily seen as soon as UK waters are entered. The flag must not be taken down until you have finished reporting to the customs authorities. Failure to comply will make you liable to a penalty.

    Arriving in the UK

    When arriving direct from outside the UK you must phone the National Yachtline on 0300 123 2012. You will need to inform the Yachtline if any of the following apply:

    • UK VAT has not been paid on the vessel
    • you have on board goods which are to be treated as surplus stores as per Notice 69A.
    • you have any prohibited or restricted goods
    • there is any notifiable illness on board
    • there are any people on board who need immigration clearance
    • any repairs or modifications, other than running repairs, have been carried out since the vessel last left the UK
    • you have any goods for personal use on which you need to declare and pay UK tax or duty and cannot do so via the online service.

    For further information, please view the Government Notice.

  • 23 Dec 2020 11:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Royal Institute of Navigation, Small Craft Group has published a 100 page 'booklet' called Electronic Navigation Systems - Guidance for safe use on leisure vessels. 

    It has advice and guidance on:

    • safe use of electronic navigation and associated systems on leisure vessels
    • “keys to safety” in many operational situations
    • advantages and drawbacks of different systems and approaches

    It's is available as a free download from their website.

    Why not update your knowledge on this important subject.

  • 20 Dec 2020 22:20 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Did you know?

    It’s the world’s largest wind farm since completion of its extension in September 2018.

  • 01 Dec 2020 12:27 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What's in yours?

    Extended cruise or ocean passages require some consideration about the contents of your emergency grab bag.

    The RYA recommends it be brightly coloured, easily stowed, floatable for 30 min when fully packed, attachable to an inflated raft and tabbed with a list, in order of priority, of the necessary items it should contain. 

    RORC Regulations specify flares, EVDS (electronic visual distress signal), a waterproof EPIRB/PLB, a handheld VHF & GPS, drinking water, high energy food, torch, spare batteries, strobe light, whistle, spare spectacles, sun glasses, sun protection, lip salve, medication, antibiotics, seasickness tablets, fishing kit, passport, credit cards, money, keys, mobile phone, satellite phone, ship’s papers & insurance documents.

  • 08 Nov 2020 13:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    They're Off!

    Follow UK's Alex Thomson in his foiling IMOCA 60 'Hugo Boss' (from Haslar Marina, Gosport) as the 33-boat fleet departs Les Sables-d'Olonne, competing in this 4-yearly solo non-stop race around the world (current record of 74d 3h 35m set in 2017 by Armel Le Cleac’h).

  • 24 Oct 2020 10:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you keep your boat abroad?

    HMRC has angered thousands of British yacht and motorboat owners who keep their boats in EU countries by seeking VAT a second time on the value of their boats when brought back into UK waters.

    This threat is based on a long-established EU VAT rule being brought into UK law. 'Union-Goods' status applies to boats on which VAT had been paid in an EU country and allows it freedom of movement throughout the EU (including the UK while still a member) without need for further VAT liability or customs duty. 

    However, 'Union-goods' status is lost if a boat is exported outside the EU for more than three years (under 'Returned Goods Relief' rules) such that VAT must be paid on the existing boat value when re-imported into EU waters.

    HMRC was very clear last year that all British owned yachts would continue to hold full VAT-paid status at the end of the Transition Period, irrespective of the location of the yacht. 

    However, HMRC has now said that it will bring the Returned Goods Relief rules into UK law and apply them rigidly such that exemption from further VAT would only be available for boats returning to the UK within three years of the date from which they left the UK.

    This changed stance only became public in early October, despite attempts by many organisations (including the CA, RYA and British Marine) to engage with HMRC on the issue over several years.

    Full article on the Cruising Association website:

  • 13 Oct 2020 11:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Update on Brexit

    Join the free discussion hosted by the RYA at 4pm on Wednesday 14 October for the latest news from members of the RYA's Cruising, Legal and Government Affairs Team.  

    Howard Pridding, RYA Director of External Affairs and Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager will cover the latest Government communications on subjects such as cruising access to the Schengen Area, border controls, Return Goods Relief on boats and valid EU sailing qualifications.

    Register here

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  • 23 Sep 2020 11:08 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hand in hand?

    Traditional & electronic navigation should work together but RYA Examiners are finding that new recruits commonly make basic position-finding errors.   

    Although the plotter is a great tool, be prepared for it’s box of wizardry to let you down!

  • 17 Sep 2020 09:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Alex Thomson Racing & the Vendee Globe

    Two months to go before the race begins on 8th November.   

    New footage shows HUGO BOSS preparing to win the "Everest of the Seas".

    Also at:-

  • 29 Aug 2020 22:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A shocking problem?!

    Many marinas abroad are reported as having reverse polarity, with many continental adaptors able to plug in either way round to get the polarity right or wrong! 

    Most appliances are unaffected by this, but the UK mostly uses single-pole switches where the live supply (brown insulation) in the ‘off’ position doesn’t flow to the appliance, which can then be safely handled.   If polarity is reversed then the appliance would remain live through the negative (blue insulation) although switched ‘off’!   Read more from this RYA news item:-

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