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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.

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

Breakwater takes shape
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00

Breakwater takes shape The Cowes Breakwater Project is beginning to take shape, as Cowes Harbour Commission’s contractors Boskalis Westminster has now deposited an initial gravel load totalling 51,000m3 to bring the crest of the gravel core up to between 3.7 and 4.4 metres above chart datum.

The construction will then be monitored during a four to six week initial resting period, before additional gravel is added to shape the breakwater up to a height of 5m above chart datum. Boskalis will spend two weeks suring October shaping the core, using an excavator and a floating barge.

The project will then be left over the winter to allow settlement and strength increase of the subsoil, with the placement of rock armour and reshaping of the breakwater to its final profile due to take place in 2015.

Help Stop the Quagga Mussel Spreading
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00

musselImportant advice comes from The Green Blue regarding the discovery of the invasive Quagga Mussel in the Wraysbury River and Reservoir.

Jane Swan, The Green Blue Project Manager, says, “The Quagga Mussel is a highly invasive non-native species. It can affect whole ecosystems by filtering out large quantities of nutrients. It also presents a serious biofouling risk by blocking pipes, smothering boat hulls and other structures.”

“Eradication of most invasive species once established outside their usual range is very difficult so the best approach to deal with arrival of new species is to focus on better biosecurity, especially the Check, Clean, Dry routine for both inland and coastal boating activities.”

HRH the Princess Royal recognises extraordinary acts of bravery
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00

771-Squadron-with-HRHbOutstanding acts of skill and gallantry during air and sea rescues have been recognised at the annual awards ceremony of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society. The Charity’s Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, made the presentations at this year's Skill and Gallantry Awards. The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society has been presenting these awards every year since 1851, highlighting the continuing reliance on the skill and bravery of individuals in rescuing lives and dealing with other emergency situations at sea.

Among this year’s recipients were the helicopter crew of ‘Rescue 193’ from 771 Squadron, RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall, that carried out the daring rescue of five French fishermen from a sinking vessel in high winds and near complete darkness off the Cornish coast.

Petty Officer (Aircrewman) Russell Adams, also from 771 Squadron, RNAS  Culdrose, was recognised for his role in a separate incident a few months later, again off the Cornish coast. Despite having to battle thirty foot waves and being submerged himself during the operation, he successfully retrieved all of the fishermen from their vessel before it was wrecked.

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