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Yachting Monthly

Yachting Monthly

July 2020

Published by TI Media Limited Yachting monthly is at the heart of the British yachting market and is for people who actively sail their boats - whether cruising across the channel, around the coast or further a field in blue waters. It provides an entertaining mix of vital information for cruising yachtsmen with all levels of experience, which maximises their enjoyment, increases their skills and gives them the confidence to broaden their horizons.

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2 minuti
best-laid plans

The number of people taking online navigation courses, we are told, has been soaring. Stuck at home and estranged from the sea, droves of us have been turning to theory lessons, virtual regattas and digital passage planning. It’s a poor second best, but one that should be of benefit. The key to successful cruising, of course, lies in proper planning, even though no plan ever survives unscathed. We can set off with the perfect weather window on a straight-forward daysail and find ourselves facing calms, squalls and fouled propellers. Suddenly the cruise looks nothing like we had hoped. This season, confined ashore, has certainly turned out in a way none of us anticipated. The unpredictability of sailing, however, far from being purely a frustration, is perhaps part of why we love it.…

3 minuti
marine firms come to the aid of frontline workers

Marine companies across the UK have responded to the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topsham-based EXE Sails & Covers has collaborated with staff at North Sails’ Gosport loft to make scrubs for NHS hospital staff in Exeter and the wider south west. North Sails’ equipment was used to cut the pattern before the scrubs were sewn together by volunteers and staff at EXE, which also provided the material. EXE has also been using 3D printers to make visors for frontline workers. Marine safety equipment manufacturer and supplier Ocean Signal has been using their 3D printer, usually used for research and development work, to make medical visors for GP surgeries and hospitals in Kent, Surrey and Gloucester. Crusader Sails, based in Poole, has utilised its expertise…

1 minuti
greece scraps cruising permit requirement

Sailors in Greece will no longer need the DEKPA permit after the Greek Government scrapped it in April. The Cruising Association (CA) has welcomed the move, stating that the cruising permit was not popular with either the Greek authorities or visiting cruisers as requirements were often difficult to meet. The advent of the E-TEPAI cruising tax, which effectively duplicates the vessel’s information online, also made the DEKPA superfluous, according to the CA. The CA is also warning cruisers that with the UK expected to leave the EU at the end of the year, all skippers of UK vessels will have to apply for a Transit Log (TL) from Greek Customs, even if VAT has been paid on their vessel. It lasts one year and performs a similar function to a DEKPA, but…

1 minuti
news in numbers

02 Llanion Cove-based Pembrokeshire Performance Sailing Academy has announced it is planning on opening a second centre in Lydstep. 360 The Scottish Maritime Museum is giving free access to 3D scans and 360° virtual tours of some of Scotland’s historic vessels. www.scottishmaritimemuseum.org Will you join the 2.6 Challenge? The conservation charity Sea-Changers is taking part in the nationwide 2.6 Challenge, which aims to help raise money for charities whose funding has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Launched on 26 April, the same day as the London Marathon was due to be held, Sea-Changers is asking the public to take part in a fundraising activity of their choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26. Details on taking part here: www.sea-changers.org.uk…

1 minuti
mca sticks with advice on flares

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is advising yacht skippers that they should still carry pyrotechnic flares for use in an emergency, rather than Electronic Visual Distress Signals (EVDS). It has just renewed its advice with the publication of Marine Information Notice (MIN) 542. The MIN expires on 1 March 2022. Some sailing organisations have campaigned for the MCA to reconsider its advice due to the difficulty in disposing of old flares, their limited shelf life and the inability to test them. The RYA cites DSC VHF, Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) and Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) as some of the ‘great safety devices’ available. It adds that AIS and EVDS can be used to help pinpoint a yacht in distress, and that more emergency calls are now made via mobile. The…

1 minuti
financial help for scotland’s marine businesses

Sail Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of a £100m fund to support the self-employed and small businesses affected by the coronavirus lockdown. The national marketing organisation for sailing and boating tourism has been pressing for financial support for smaller independent moorings and pontoon providers as well as independent charter operators. Its chief executive, Alan Rankin, said many charter firms had lost 100% of their bookings as a result of the lockdown at a time when they have had the expense of spring refits.…