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Eyes to the Skies
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 00:00

Eyes to the SkiesWith more entertainment, music and displays than ever before, Chatham’s Historic Dockyard is going to be full of vintage delight on 20-21 September. One of the highlights of the Salute to the ‘40s weekend will be an air display by the ‘Spirit of Kent’ Spitfire, promising to draw all eyes to the skies.

During the weekend, the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings on 6 June 1944 - which can be said to have been the beginning of the road to the end of the war - will be commemorated, together with the 70th Anniversary of the launch of WWII Destroyer HMS Cavalier.  

All three of HMS Cavalier’s guns will be fired, the appearance of the diesel locomotive Overlord (which served on the D-Day beaches with the Corps of Royal Engineers) and tri-service re-enactors, gather to remember.

End of an era
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

End of an era Sunsail’s Club Vounaki will be closing its doors for the last time at the end of the 2014 season.

With a host of world-class facilities, dedicated staff and activities for all ages, both ashore and out on the water, Club Vounaki has been a firm favourite amongst Sunsail customers for 20 fun-filled summers.

The decision to cease operations there comes as the company’s contract with the breach club comes to the end of its term. Sunsail will instead now concentrate its investment in its fleet, with the intention of increasing its focus on independent charter and flotilla holidays, as well as sailing schools and corporate business. New fleets, flotillas and bases are expected to be announced shortly.

Team training initiative
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

Team training initiativeFrom the 11-13 September, the RYA will be holding  an ‘Introduction to Team Racing’ training weekend at Oxford Sailing Club, open to individuals aged 17-21 who are either planning to attend university or who have top level experience at national and international fleet racing events.

Across the three days of training everyone will be given chance to helm and crew, with sailors swapping around over the course of the weekend. It will be a mixture of boat handling, team racing rules and racing in double-handed Fireflies, led by a top RYA qualified coach.

“Whether you are currently involved in the RYA Youth Racing programme looking to learn some new skills and top tips for team racing, or you’re an aspiring team racer with an eye on university, our ‘Introduction to Team Racing’ weekend will have something for you,” explained David Campbell-James, RYA Team Racing Chairman.

New Lifejacket Lights from Crewsaver
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

lifejacketlightCrewsaver have announced a new range of lifejacket lights, suitable for all foam lifejackets of the type most commonly used for quick deployment in an emergency among some of the largest cruise ships and commercial vessels worldwide.

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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