From a Blue Water Sailing website about a rescue incident – Four Irish nationals had to be rescued from their yacht after it had lost power 70 miles north of Bermuda in the Caribbean.

The Irish men encountered a large number of problems once the yacht left Connecticut about two weeks ago like losing battery power in their vessel, and engine failure. These issues left the crew on board without power to communicate with navigational systems for eight days.

After the vessel had suffered two knock-downs the skipper then decided to activate an emergency beacon in an effort to alert nearest authorities of their circumstances.

A distress beacon was received but were not able to identify the vessel, this led to the US Coast Guard sending out an airplane to search for the boat along with two other vessels.

Eventually the yacht was located and the Irish crew were rescued before the boat sunk shortly after.

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New mobile app: You can now get a new app to predict how the weather forecast is going to be. A successful day on the water can be determined by the wind, and this application could become your new favorite sailing information tool.

Although there are many different mobile phone applications to provide you with details on current conditions out at sea, this Predict Wind aims to give you accurate and reliable wind forecasts.

The mobile app also provides a weather routing tool to help you to work out the fastest and the most comfortable route while taking in weather conditions. Also there is a trip planner that will summarize wind data for the next couple of days to help you to plan your trip.

The application is available to on Apple and Android smart phones.

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An engine room fire on a boat travelling from Canvey Island to London caused three men to be rescued by the lifeboat services.

The Lifeboat services were sent from Gravesend Royal National Lifeboat Association to perform the rescue operation. The fire service was alerted and used thermal imaging and ventilation to check for the spread of fumes.

Whilst fire is unlikely on a boat that is well maintained to minimum safety standards, it is a grave concern to boaters who can be caught unawares or in a situation where escape is difficult. Therefore it is important to make sure you have as many fire security measures in place as possible.

Read more about the incident from The Essex Echo

 

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The Practical Boat Owner website provides a very detailed glossary of nautical terms. This may be useful to you if you are new to the world of sailing and yachting, or maybe you are just a little rusty with your seafaring language.

Here is a taster of the words in the glossary to test yourself on:

Dolphin
A fixed pile of timber, concrete or metal which is used for mooring a ship, and especially for warping in or out of a dock. Also used of a navigational beacon if standing in water and rather massively built.

Hawse-hole
A hole through the bulwarks, or even through the bows of the hull itself, where the anchor chain enters. The chain then disappears down through the deck and into the chain locker via the Navel pipe.

Plim, to
To swell, or swell up. Likewise to plim up. Used of plums and suchlike by fruit growers, and of the planking of wooden boats by yachtsmen. A boat which has been long ashore may take water when first put afloat, but, just ‘give her time to plim up’ and she’ll get tight.

Shrouds
Stays, usually of wire rope, supporting the mast at each side. Cap shrouds go to the top of the mast, ‘lowers’ go to some intermediate point, often about two-thirds of the way up, where Spreaders are fitted.

Vigia
A warning on a chart to be vigilant for a possible danger, not exactly specified nor even certain to exist. Reported potential dangers, which may or may not exist and whose position is doubtful, are themselves called vigia.

See the full glossary from the Practical Boat Owner.

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Boat owners are being warned to beware of thieves after a spate of incidents across the country have been reported.

Outboard engines and other items have been stolen in recent months. The Police have responded by urging boat owners to report any suspicious activity in boatyards.

Clearly security measures are important and the Police have appealed for owners to think about the precautions they have in place.

Read two reports of recent crimes from boats:
Plymouth Herald
Thurrock Gazette

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Despite the fact that Chipping Norton Yacht Club is almost 100 miles from the coast, it is proving a success.

Trevor Taylor launched the land-locked yacht club in order to give sailing enthusiasts somewhere to socialise without the need to travel all the way to the sea. Trevor was only expecting between 20 and 30 members, however since it was set up last month it has already gained more than 100 members.

Read the full article here.

Visit Chipping Norton Yacht Club website here:
http://cnyc.co.uk/

 

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Yachting and Boating World have put together a useful guide to help you work out which type of boat you may wish to purchase. They have broken down the market into key types of crafts – open day boats, cruisers, flybridge and fishing boat and trawlers.

Before you progress to choosing design types, the key questions highlighted by Yachting and Boating World are as follows:

  • Where will I use the boat and for how long?
  • How many people will be on board?
  • Will we (all) overnight on the boat?
  • How agile are the crew, is deck access a priority?
  • Do I want to be sheltered or out in the elements?
All these questions will help you when deciding on which boat is right for you.

Read the full guide on the Yachting and Boating World website.

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The Neil Murphy Sailing Trust was established nearly a year ago by Maddie King in memory of her partner, Neil Murphy, who died in a motorbike accident in September, 2011.

Ms King launched the trust to share her partner’s love of sailing in the Lake District.

The trust provides funding for youths up to the age of 21 who have never been sailing, and helps them to gain their first level qualifications.

Funding will be given to groups who might be described as disadvantaged, discriminated against or vulnerable, including youth offenders. Equipment will be provided.

Read the full article here: ‘Neil’s sailing legacy for youth groups’ or go to the Neil Murphy Sailing Trust website for details of how to apply.

Neil Murphy Sailing Trust

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The RNLI had to rescue nearly 8,000 people from various situations in 2012. Whether it is because of the weather or freak circumstances that lead to a situation that you are unable to cope with, it is important that you have the correct safety equipment on-board. It is also vital that you check that your insurance covers you for the location that you are sailing and any activities you are planning. For example;

  • On-board parties
  • Water sports
  • Fishing trips
  • Off-shore sailing
  • Diving and snorkelling

See RNLI website www.rnli.org

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