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Yachting Monthly January 2021

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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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
impress your crew

How is your paper chartwork these days? When was the last time you plotted a three-point fix, clearing bearings, or course to steer longhand? No, I can’t remember either. I’m pretty confident I can still do those things, and I have the paper charts and tidal atlases to do so. But the reality of coastal pottering with a modern chartplotter on board is that it does all this for me (and they are becoming ever more capable, p79), leaving me free to worry about sailing with a baby on board and all the challenges that brings. More often than not, shaping a course to steer is now a case of heading into the tide a few degrees until the ‘course over ground’ line on the plotter matches my planned route. On…

3 min
sailing schools ‘severely hit’ by covid-19 social distancing restrictions

News editor Training centres offering sail cruising courses have been disproportionately affected by restrictions introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The RYA says that while some shorebased courses and personal watercraft and powerboat courses have seen an increase in participants, sail and motor cruising courses have been ‘severely hit’ due to social distancing measures. Many schools offered online shorebased courses during the first England-wide lockdown between March and June. But the delay in allowing commercial passenger vessels to operate after lockdown ended meant schools were unable to run on-the-water courses until August. The RYA has also temporarily removed the requirement to live aboard for the Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses to assist students in accessing training whilst allowing schools to remain within government COVID-19 guidelines. The RYA director of training, Richard Falk…

1 min
shipping containers lost overboard

Sailors cruising the Bristol Channel and Pentland Firth in Scotland are being advised to look out for shipping containers and debris following two separate incidents that occured at the end of October. The first happened in the Bristol Channel on 20 October, where 11 containers were reported lost from a container ship. Six were empty while five contained non-hazardous cargo. Four were washed up in separate locations in Buck’s Mill and Lynmouth in North Devon, and Breaksea Point and Monknash near Southerndown in South Wales. Another one was recovered by a Trinity House vessel. On 31 October, 33 containers, 32 of which were empty, were washed from a container ship in the Pentland Firth, north Scotland in a storm. Two came ashore in South Hoy, Orkney. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s counter pollution…

1 min
solo sailor rescued in force 9 storm

A French solo yachtsman has praised the St Mary’s RNLI lifeboat crew who rescued him after his yacht was knocked down by a large wave in a Force 9 off the Isles of Scilly. Sanche Le-Duin, 27, was sailing from St Malo to Kinsale in Ireland aboard his 34ft Jeanneau when he issued his Mayday nine miles south-southwest of the Scilly Iles. He told YM that initially he felt comfortable sailing in the forecasted 34-35 knot winds but then conditions worsened and he was unable to control the yacht. ‘The wind began blowing hard and I was outside all night trying to control the boat. In the morning the wind was reaching 45 knots. The wind was behind me and I was going very fast. I was then knocked down,’ he said. The St…

1 min
register of solo circumnavigators launched

The International Cape Horners’ Club has launched a new register of skippers who have completed solo circumnavigations via the Three Great Capes – Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn. The register, which records 155 solo non-stop circumnavigators and a further 143 who have completed true circumnavigations around the three Capes with stops enroute, has been compiled from listings kept by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, historian DH ‘Nobby’ Clarke, the World Sailing Speed Record Council and information in the public domain. www.capehorners.org…

1 min
news in numbers

100 Falmouth Marine School has celebrated its 100th anniversary. Projects planned include the restoration of the 1904 Truro River oyster boat, Bessie, and the completion of a new pilot gig. 11 The Scottish Government has announced plans to increase the country’s offshore wind capacity to 11 gigawatts (GW) by 2030. Currently Scotland has 5.6GW of consented offshore capacity. Volunteers praised Around 44 volunteers have been honoured in the RYA Volunteer Awards for their exceptional dedication to sailing. Amongst those to receive an accolade was Anthony Forster from Shotwick Lake Sailing for his 40 years of service; Kate Pounder, 23, who received a Youth Award for her role as instructor at Ballyholme Yacht Club; and the late Barbara Darling from Ripon Sailing Club who posthumously received the new RYA Honor Preston Award.…