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Planning and Alerting App
Friday, 22 August 2014 00:00
Planning and Alerting AppRYA SafeTrx enables boat users in UK territorial waters to enter a passage plan and ETA directly to their smartphone or tablet (Android and Apple iOS). RYA SafeTrx app then alerts the designated emergency contacts if the ETA is exceeded. Once the emergency contact has called HM Coastguard they can access precise location data via the RYA SafeTrx Trip secure server. Passage plan can be amended en route.

Price: Free app - trips free to RYA members; 10 trips for £1.49 and 20 trips for £2.49 for non-members

www.rya.org.uk/go/ryasafetrx
 
Navigational safety questioned
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

Navigational safety questionedThe Crown Estate, manager of the UK seabed, has agreed seabed rights for six new wave and tidal current demonstration zones and five new wave and tidal current sites around the UK.

Of the 12 zones and sites announced, plans to place a further tidal current installation in Strangford Lough has caused objection from the RYA. Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager, voiced these concerns: “We made it clear in our response to the consultation phase that the RYA does not believe that this area is suitable for a demonstration development. Further tidal current installations will compound navigational problems for legitimate users of the sea.

“Recreational boaters are already having difficulty navigating safely with the combination of the SeaGen Tidal Turbine which is very much a surface piercing hazard (particularly when the beam is raised) and the Routen Wheel, a nearby area of whirlpools and overfalls. Any further devices will only compound the problem.”

The site is located in ‘the Narrows’, the tricky entrance to and exit from Strangford Lough, with the tidal flows in the entrance reaching speeds of up to 7.5 knots at springs. In strong onshore winds breaking seas can extend well over a mile south east of the entrance. Even in much calmer conditions standing waves may be encountered.

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Gosport Marine Scene launches new website
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

gosportGosport's marine business network, Gosport Marine Scene, has launched a new website to help visiting and resident yachtsmen and boat owners to find the services that they need when berthing in the town. The website provides information on everything from chandlers and riggings services to supermarkets and bars, as well as advice from the Port Authority on entering Portsmouth Harbour and a live tidal feed.

Gosport’s sheltered location directly adjacent to the Solent makes it excellent as a permanent base or a jumping-­off point for longer voyages and races. It has more than 2,400 berths and moorings and a 24-mile waterfront ringed with marinas, slips, yards, riggers and sailmakers.

www.gosportmarinescene.com

 
Hanse 505 at Southampton
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00
Get on board the world premier of the Hanse 505 at the Southampton Boat Show next month. This cruising yacht is perfect for the experienced sailor - sleek, stylish and easy to handle.
 
Sail the Solent as first step to a dream cruise
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 00:00

Sail the Solent as first step to a dream cruiseA Solent-based yacht charter company is looking over the horizon to expand its sailing packages.

Fairview Sailing based in the Hamble with more than 30 yachts has teamed up with Dream Yacht Charter, the world’s biggest independent yacht charter organisation, to offer a taste of premium level sailing.

Dream Yacht Charter has more than 450 yachts sailing from 37 bases in 21 countries. It offers “buy-a-cabin” charters on crewed 42 to 82-foot boats with between four and 12 en-suite cabins. There are 24 cruises to choose from in 12 exotic destinations.

Kate Bray of Dream Yacht Charter said: “The standard is not unlike a cruise ship but much more intimate. The concept is ideal for those who want to be looked after as well as having a chance to sail a top-of -the-range sail boat or those who do not have the skills to charter independently.

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Challenge 72 Round the World Experience at Southampton Boat Show
Monday, 18 August 2014 00:00

challenger72-4_v_325x217Get involved; get on board this 72ft round the world Ocean Race Yacht will take you on a unique adventure right in the heart of the Solent.

Climb aboard for a fun and exhilarating experience and feel what life aboard an offshore race yacht is really like. Enjoy the thrill of taking the helm, hoist and trim the sail or grind the winches all as part of 12 strong team.

This is a real hands-on opportunity to get actively involved in all aspects of sailing this exciting yacht under the guidance of our professional crew and is ideal for novice and experienced sailors alike.

 

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