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  • 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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  • 21 Apr 2020 11:25 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Free Video Series

    A new video seminar every Friday has been launched by the Storm Trysail Foundation.
    Review your safety issues while self-quarantining.

    - MOB
    - Weather
    - Firefighting
    - Emergency Steering
    - And more...

    Check out the first in the series:-
    Man Overboard Recovery

  • 06 Apr 2020 11:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Elcano Challenge 

    Jimmy Cornell, founder of the ARC, plans to repeat the ship Victoria's historic first circumnavigation of the world.   Ferdinand Magellan was killed in the Philippines and his fellow crew member, Juan Sebastian Elcano, took over as captain and returned the ship to Spain in 1522.   

    The ‘Elcano Challenge’ commemorates the 500th anniversary of this event and Jimmy, who will be 80 next year, has opted for a catamaran named ELCANO with two electric saildrive units and a bank of lithium batteries.

    Starting in October from Seville, with stop-offs in S America, he will pass through the Magellan Straits and on to the Cook Islands, Philippines, SE Asia, around the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Verde and arrive home in July 2021.

  • 20 Mar 2020 13:46 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you prepared?

    Collision with a submerged object such as a container, whale or drift net can cause a rudder to fail or break off.   Professional sailor Michael Keyworth suggests that the old idea of fashioning a spinnaker pole and a table-leaf really doesn't work, nor does sail trimming alone!   He trials several jury-rigs and recommends setting up a few key elements for an effective drogue steering system.

    Read the full report here (PDF)

  • 02 Mar 2020 10:46 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    A somewhat dry but useful overview of electronic aids to navigation:-

  • 25 Feb 2020 12:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    GCCC members are invited to Papercourt's Quiz Night on Saturday 4th April.

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