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Volunteer watch tower demolished by storm
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Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:03

Volunteer watch tower demolished by stormThe National Coastwatch Institution, Lyme Bay Lookout has been destroyed by storms on the night of 14 February.

The lookout, in the garden of the Burton Cliff Hotel, Burton Bradstock had previously withstood a force 10 storm on 23 December 2013 during daytime, when it was manned by two watchkeepers, so the station management was not unduly worried by the predicted high winds on 14 February.

However when a neighbour, Billy Bragg, the well-known singer, went to examine his property late that night he discovered that the roof of the lookout had been blown away. He immediately turned off the electricity supply, which came from his house and salvaged the two obvious marine band VHF radios, which were wet due to exposure to the rain.

The Tiger roars for John Merricks Trophy
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00

The Tiger roars for John Merricks Trophy 166 boatloads of winter warriors from all over the UK came to Rutland for this year’s two-day ‘challenge’ for the John Merricks Tiger Trophy. 
Half of the proceeds of the event go to the Trust, established after John’s death to support youth sailing. This was also the final regatta of the closely fought GJW Direct Sailjuice Winter series and SailRacer provided their Sail Trackers to monitor the situation, gratefully sponsored by Rule 26.

The largest British lake avoided the high tides and snow and the sun shone all weekend but it could not avoid the strengthening south easterly wind on Saturday. This decimated the fleet – with 45 boats finishing from over 100 starters. AP over H was flown after race one, meaning no more racing was possible on Saturday.

The caterers were ready for the black tie Tiger Dinner with Tiger beer supplied by local brewers Everards. Before Dennis Merricks, John’s father thanked everyone for coming; the Commodore was presented with the ‘John Merricks Tiger Club’ trophy, newly introduced to encourage greater club participation.

Nautilus Yachting offers RYA Dinghy Show visitors show discounts on sailing holidays
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:00
nautilusNautilus Yachting is offering show discounts of at least 5% on its 2014 sailing holidays to visitors to the RYA Dinghy Show (1 - 2nd March,  Alexandra Palace).

A week in Greece on a 3-cabin Bavaria 36 yacht (sleeping up to 7) as part of a flotilla sailing the Ionian islands from Palairos on the Greek mainland costs £1748 with a show discount when booked at the show (cost per yacht for departures 1st/8th/15th or 22nd June). Nautilus can arrange flights for an additional cost.

Nautilus's RYA Learn to Sail sail training holidays in beautiful Kefalonia are popular with dinghy sailors looking to move into sailing yachts. The courses follow the RYA syllabus and certificates are awarded at the end of the week to those meeting the requirements of the courses. Students sleep on board during the 6-day course and as well as sail training, there are opportunities for swimming and snorkelling. Nautilus has special offers on early season RYA Learn to Sail courses; a week in May is available at the special rate of just £540 pp/week, including tuition, breakfast, lunches and two evening meals onboard.

The Ancasta Easter Collection 2014
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 00:00

ancasta eventAncasta International Boat Sales has announced that Europe’s biggest brokerage event is to take place this year between the 12th and 21st April across Ancasta's eleven UK offices. For vendors, Ancasta is offering free entry into the collection, which will be presented to a massive local and international audience via printed and online catalogue listings. The catalogues, showing the biggest collection of power and sail boats the company has displayed to date, will make it easy for buyers to choose what to see and where, across Ancasta’s network of offices.

To support vendors and further encourage buyers, Ancasta is launching an incredibly generous incentivised buying promotion for all potential customers. The buyers’ package includes:

May becomes National Watersports Month
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00

May becomes National Watersports MonthFour of the leading boating and watersports organisations have joined forces to encourage the entire nation to get active and get on the water with a month-long schedule of activities.

The British Canoe Union (BCU), British Marine Federation (BMF), British Rowing and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) have come together to announce that in 2014 the month of May is to be National Watersports Month.

May signifies a great time to kick start a summer of sport and National Watersports Month promises to provide an action packed schedule of activities across the country. Canoeing, sailing, rowing, windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding, cruising and more will all be on offer from clubs, centres and marinas across England, Scotland and Wales.

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