Trinity House, the General Lighthouse Authority, has released a notice to mariners who are active in the Thames Estuary. The notice is regarding the repositioning of some lighted buoys. If you travel through this area please be aware of the amended locations.
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.
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.
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.
With another cold snap approaching you need to make sure you have all the correct gear and equipment to keep you safe and allow you to enjoy sailing even in freezing conditions.
Sailing World discussed the issue of keeping yourself warm whilst sailing with six frostbiting fleet champions to see how they gear up for sailing in the winter.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visit Chipping Norton Yacht Club website here:
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?