|Club Regalia should be available to purchase at the next meeting – Friday 13th May – ties, burgees, brooches, cap badges etc.
For those wanting poloshirts, fleeces and the like adorned with the Club logo, Stitchprint, tel: 01621 773900 located in Southminster has the pattern and this can be embroidered onto the item of your choice. Contact them directly.
|* ATIS Radiotelephone Service in the RAINWAT area. If you are planning a cruise in the inland waterways and canals of the continent this summer, you are reminded that your VHF radio must be converted to be ATIS compliant in the participating countries (includes France and The Netherlands) of RAINWAT. For those wanting to know more, there is information available from the RYA website and on the OFCOM website with the procedure for getting your personal ATIS number, varying your VHF ship license etc, and the need to familiarise yourself with the Regulations applicable to the countries you intend to visit. This must be carried aboard and you can download the English version from the RYA website.
The system works by transmitting your ATIS number whenever you release the PTT key on your microphone. Only the Authorities with the appropriate equipment can decode this (brief, scratchy sound) signal. The UK is not part of this agreement as our canals are mainly for leisure users and do not have the heavy commercial traffic enjoyed by the canals, waterways and rivers of the continent. More inf on ICOMs FAQ page
The review of the library has been completed and the list of books can by viewed by clicking on LIBRARY on the left. As we haven’t had a Librarian for some time, this post is is available to a worthy volunteer. In the mean time, books can be borrowed by ordering by email from the Sailing Secretary or Skipper quoting the book name and number. Delivery or collection will then be arranged, whichever is most convenient once the ordered books are to hand. Up to three books can be borrowed for a maximum of one calendar month. It is hoped that use of the library will increase especially as more books have been promised.
Brightlingsea Harbour Board proposes to install a new Pontoon This would be positioned between the existing pontoon and the new jetty hammerhead and if permission granted, installed in 2011. It is intended to provide permanent berthing for the traditional fishing smacks. There would still be room for the dinghies and dayboats to sail to and from their moorings with minimum interference for vessels accessing the other pontoons. Click here to see the Notice from BHB as this is at the consultation stage.The existing pontoon would be used by windfarm maintenance vessels. (BHB)
* DONG Energy the installers of the Gunfleet Wind Farm have a proposal to extend the farm by installing two ‘Demonstration’ turbines to the Southwest of the existing array. The RYA and the Cruising Association have made representations that the site extension will come no closer than one nautical mile to the Whitaker Buoy. Thus there should be sufficient searoom for non-commercial vessels from the Thames to pass between the Whitaker Bell Buoy and the new extension on their way to the Spitway. More details on the RYA website and click to see a chartlet of the area in question. (RYA)
* New buoyage is expected for the River Crouch from the Whitaker to the discharge pontoon at Wallasea where the Crossrail Project spoil will be unloaded. Currently we have 13 navigation buoys in this stretch of water, these would be increased to 32 and all lit, some synchronously. Up to 5 ships per day are expected. The area has been resurveyed and we should expect improvement in the Swallowtail/Ron Pipe area where there has been shoaling. See East Coast Pilot for more information and also PLA charts showing the indicated location of the new buoys. As the shipping operation is expected to commence in the autumn, buoys could be in place by the summer (ECP)