• 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 are due out by autumn 2018.
    See TeamO.

  • 29 Oct 2018 12:17 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New 24 Hour Distance Record

    Alex Thomson (one of our top British Skippers) and his crew have now officially broken the 24hr distance world record, set earlier this year, in a 60ft monohull.  

    Sailing ‘HUGO BOSS’, an IMOCA 60 race boat based in Haslar Marina-Gosport, Alex travelled 539.71 nM over 24 hours at an average speed of 22.49 knots, ratified last week by the World Sailing Speed Record Council.

  • 21 Oct 2018 13:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s slow demise?

    Red diesel is taxed at a lower VAT rate (5%) for domestic purposes (heating, charging batteries, hot water, refrigeration etc) but at the full rate (20%) for propulsion - fuel duty already being included in the pump price (- got it?!).

    To best comply with the full rate for propulsion, UK leisure boats have been declaring a voluntary 60/40 split between the different tax rates (i.e. 60% used for propulsion & 40% for domestics) - agreed across the board with HMRC.   However, a 20/80 (e.g. ‘live-aboards’) or any other split is possible if it can be justified.

    EU rules say a "fiscal marker" (red dye in the UK, green dye in Ireland etc.) must be present in diesel not taxed at the full rate.  In May 2013 the EU Commission formally requested the UK to amend its legislation and ensure that “private pleasure boats, such as luxury yachts, can no longer buy lower taxed fuel intended for fishing boats".   HMRC challenged this request as being ‘impractical’ and so the Commission referred the case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

    The ECJ has now concluded (17th Oct, Case 503/17) that diesel taxed at the full rate (i.e. for propulsion) should not be marked because it undermines the purpose of the marker and it has dismissed HMRC’s view that this is impractical.

    No deadline has been set for when the necessary adjustments to accommodate this ruling must be made.  

    But what about the effects of Brexit?

    Watch this space!

  • 16 Oct 2018 09:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cowes Harbour Commission has launched a competition to inspire an iconic new ‘welcome landmark‘ for installation on the recently built 350m long detached breakwater.   Isle of Wight students, aged 14-18 years, will design a piece of artwork or sculpture to reflect the port’s maritime past including it's renowned sailing reputation and a "vision for the future.”

    Closing date for entries is 11th January 2019.   Designs will be judged by Alan Titchmarsh, novelist Louise Giblin, sculptor Paul Armfield and Cowes HM Captain Stuart McIntosh.

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