Yachting Monthly

February 2022

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
dreams & disasters

What is the worst thing you can hear on a boat? A thump or a splash, quickly followed by – hopefully – a shout from the crew. ‘The mast’s gone!’, or ‘We’re aground!’ are two possibilities that frequently play on a skipper’s mind. It’s one of the quirks of sailing that we like thinking about the disasters that might befall us. Not because we want them to happen, but because we want to be prepared, mentally and materially, for whatever the sea might throw at us. Anchoring in a sandy Cornish cove one blissfully calm summer’s night, my tidal calculations proved woefully out. As water ran out beneath our keel, an almost imperceptible residual swell was enough to send a thudding jolt shivering up through the hull and deep into my…

3 min
sailors won’t be criminalised under immigration act amendments

Sailors who voluntarily assist migrants and refugees in distress in accordance with the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), and land them in the UK, will not risk criminal liability. The RYA has welcomed the assurance from the Government that amendments to section 25 of the Immigration Act 1971 are only intended to apply to those who unlawfully assist immigration and help asylum seekers to enter the UK. The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Home Office, Tom Pursglove MP told the Nationality and Borders Bill committee hearing on 28 October that the Government recognised the bravery of volunteers working for the RNLI and lifeboat crews who undertake vital work in protecting lives at sea. Pursglove said it was the Government’s intention to amend the Bill ‘to ensure…

1 min

If you have a news story to share, contact News Editor Katy Stickland Email Katy.Stickland@futurenet.com Tel 0330 390 6738 SEABIN FOR FALMOUTH Cornwall’s first Seabin ‘trash skimmer’ has been installed at the Falmouth Haven pontoons ANTIFOUL PROJECT Premier Marinas Chichester and Navigators Marine are researching paints that can repel coral worm AQUAVISTA ACQUISITION Aquavista has acquired Castle Marinas group which includes Birdham Pool Marina at Chichester NEW QUAY LIFEBOAT Following a review, the RNLI has announced that an all-weather lifeboat will be stationed between Fishguard and Barmouth in Wales, with the most suitable location identified as New Quay CAPTAIN’S MATE UPGRADE The Cruising Association’s Captain’s Mate app has been upgraded and includes new map topography, combining the map and list pages and clustered map markers to make the map and display faster STORM GATE REINSTALLED The storm gate at Elizabeth Marina in Jersey…

1 min
tribord lj 150n lifejacket recalled

The Tribord LJ 150N lifejacket is being recalled due to a safety defect on the harness. Decathlon is asking customers who bought the French sailing brand’s lifejacket between 12 April 2021 and 27 August 2021 to not use it and return it to a store where a full refund will be given. The model code is 8641609. In a statement, Decathlon said in ‘very rare cases’, there is a risk that the lifejacket’s harness ‘may fail if you fall overboard.’ This defect does not affect the buoyancy of the product, but it may mean that you are no longer attached to your boat, making it unsafe to use,’ it said. ‘We pay close attention to the quality of the safety products we design and we do not want to take any risks…

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major investigation into uk sewage spills

Water companies are at the centre of a major investigation after admitting they may have illegally released untreated sewage into the UK’s rivers and waterways. The Environment Agency (EA) and OFWAT will be looking at 2,000 sewage treatment works and have warned that any company caught breaching their legal permits will face enforcement action, including fines or prosecutions. Last year, Southern Water was fined £90 million for deliberate raw sewage pollution in the Solent, the Swale and the coastal waters of north Kent. The company also allowed untreated raw sewage to discharge continuously for 49 hours into Langstone Harbour, near Portsmouth, in October. As part of efforts to improve standards, the EA asked water companies to fit new monitors to sewage treatment works to make sure the right levels of wastewater…

1 min
new cruising association president

Derek Lumb is the new president of The Cruising Association (CA). He replaced retiring president Julian Dussek, who led the association through Brexit and COVID-19. Lumb has been a member for over two decades and has been a council member for several years before being elected vice-president in 2018. ‘I am honoured to find myself president of this fabulous organisation,’ commented Lumb. ‘Fabulous because it has such knowledgeable and capable members who are so willing to share their experience and knowledge.’…