January was the wettest on record since 1766. We fear there are many readers who will, unfortunately, be only too able to testify to this. As we suffer what’s looking likely to be the wettest winter ever recorded, our thoughts go to the communities - both coastal and inland - who have been affected by the extensive floods in recent weeks.
Fortunately the AAS office has remained high and dry.
It’s been hugely encouraging to see the response to the flooding from the marine industry, as many commercial businesses and organisations such as the British Marine Federation and the RNLI have sprung into action to help wherever and however possible. We’re pleased to report on some of those endeavours in this issue.
A moment of cheer came also from seeing the images shown by BBC South of the intrepid dinghy sailors who launched their Mirror for a sail through swamped suburbia. The sight of the classic red sails bobbing along between trees and lampposts was a reassuring reminder that there’s none like the British public for making the best of a bad situation!