The RYA, following its long established policy that “education is better than regulation” has launched a major new safety campaign at the London Boat Sow
The new campaign features four main themes:-
- Look after Yourself
- Gave a Plan
- Keep in Touch
- Know your Limits
Click here to view the introductory video
Click here to see the first safety notice of the new programme
Video from RNLI
For the full story, click here to go to the RNLI webpage
Search and Rescue operations like this are directed by HM Coastguard. But that will change during 2014 as a result of a major reorganisation of Coastguard. Lee on Solent Coastguard will close, and be integrated into the new Coastguard National Maritime Operations Centre at Segensworth near Fareham.
While the new communications technologies should improve Coastguard service, there are many detailed questions. So Solent Protection Society has arranged for Geoff Matthews, the senior Coastguard, responsible for managing much of the change to deliver a lecture setting out the change, and the management of the transition. The lecture will take place in Southampton on 22nd January at the Solent University Conference Centre. The lecture is open to the public,but booking is essential.
For more details click here
To go straight to the on line booking centre, click here
Graham Rabbitts, an SPS Council Member, says “Every morning, I go to Solent Now to check on the situation in the Solent – shipping, current weather and forecast.
“Last week, Sotonmet (the weather station at Dock Head in Southampton) began to become erratic, and Bramblemet (The weather station on the radar post in mid Solent) stopped altogether. Initially, I was irritated, and I definitely realised how much I have been using these stations. Then I reflected that this wonderful service is provided free of charge without obligation by the harbour authorities concerned. (Hurst is sponsored by: Hurst Castle Ferries, Richard Paul Russell Limited and Gill Instruments Limited ).
“So, I say to them all, ‘A big thankyou for providing the service. ABP, please can we have Bramblemet back and Dock Head repaired as soon as possible?‘”
An interesting appraisal by the RYA can be seen here .
Bearing in mind the increasing difficulty of flare disposal, the RYA seems to be moving in favour of Electronic Visual Distress Devices, but only if combined with an EPIRB or DSC VHF.