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Fishermen urged to read Safety Digest
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00
Robert-GreenwoodFishing remains one of the most dangerous professions in the UK, with fatal accidents in 2014 already jumping up 25 per cent on last year. The National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations (NFFO) is urging fishermen and anyone who works at sea to minimise their risk of accident by reading the latest Safety Digest from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s (MAIB) and by signing up for future editions.

The NFFO’s Safety and Training Officer, Robert Greenwood (pictured), wrote an introduction for the Fishing Vessel section and said: “One of the best learning mechanisms is reviewing previous mistakes and understating how to avoid them next time. However, such is the danger at sea that sometimes there isn’t a next time. We would urge anyone who takes safety at sea seriously to read these free digests and learn from the misfortune of others, rather than becoming doomed to repeat their mistakes.”

Based on MAIB official reports, the digests are presented in a magazine format for easy reading and omit names and specifics to provide anonymity to those involved. Each case study includes a narrative of the incident followed by a checklist of learnings that other skippers and seafarers can learn from.

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Sunbeams shine at Mylor
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:00

Sunbeams shine at MylorA select group of fine old ladies of the sea have been celebrating their 90th birthdays throughout 2014.

As the classic Falmouth Sunbeams emerge from their racing season, one of the oldest sisters of the fleet is showing off a new facelift completed by the expert hands of Mylor Yacht Harbour’s master shipwrights.

Mylor Yacht Harbour is Cornwall’s busiest boatyard and marina, and the only yard in recent years to build new, wooden Sunbeams on the same lines as their elder sisters.

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Contemporary classic
Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

Contemporary classic For a fresh burst of colour to brighten things up as the nights draw in, Gill’s Classic Crew Jacket has been given a re-vamp with some great new contemporary colour options, like this lovely bright blue. Snug fleece on the inside and a waterproof, breathable outer will see you shake off the elements this winter. There’s space for corporate branding too, so why not kit your whole team out?

RRP: £100
www.gill-uk.com

 
Prince Philip Yacht Haven work starts
Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00
prince_philipThe first pile has been driven in for the creation of the Prince Philip Yacht Haven. The Royal Southern Yacht Club and its close neighbour, the RAF Yacht Club, have worked together for several years to reach this milestone.

The need for this major construction project arose as a direct result of the deteriorating condition of the Royal Southern's sea wall but, looking to the future, the Club decided to make a virtue of necessity and improve its berthing facilities.  Once completed it will offer 70 walk-ashore berths for motor and sailing boats at all states of the tide, state-of-the-art services, flood protection for the shoreside facilities and a slipway for launching Optimists and other dinghies. Also incorporated into the design are facilities to enable sailors with severe physical disabilities, including those who are restricted to wheelchairs, to have direct access to boats afloat.

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RYA adds Nuno Navigator
Friday, 17 October 2014 10:17

nunoThe RYA has revealed Nuno Navigator, the latest edition to its member reward offers and benefits. This is a marine navigation program for use on laptops and desktop computers with charting, planning and route monitoring facilities based around fast, clear, precise and professional grade charts. It enables sailors to plan their routes as they would on a paper chart but with the convenience of electronic navigation.

With this new partnership RYA members will benefit from 15% off the RRP of Nuno Navigator, while RYA Gold members will enjoy a 20% discount.

As further proof of their confidence in the program, Nuno Navigator has also been chosen by the RYA’s Training department to base its new training plotter on.

You can download and trial Nuno Navigator for free trial at www.nunonavigator.com/Download

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In-mast furling revolution
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00

In-mast furling revolution  Elvstrøm Fat Furl is a major evolution from traditional in-mast furling mainsails, enabling yachts to carry a much larger mainsail area than a conventional fully battened main, with the benefits of in-mast furling for easy sail handling. With Elvstrøm’s unique head profile and vertical battens, larger sail areas can be carried in the top section, where the wind blows strongest, giving greater performance. Fat Furl sails are made from Elvstrøm’s EPEXÒ, a highly durable, stable laminated membrane, with full warranty.

RRP: varies by class and specs
www.elvstromsails.co.uk