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)
Once again Norman Hummerstone with seven others aboard took on what has now become a traditional cruise upriver to Fambridge to celebrate the New Year with a tipple at The FerryBoat Inn. With little wind and an ebbing tide we motored steadily up-river with just the throbbing of the engine and the chattering of the cooks below to disturb the tranquility. Ultimately 11 of us arrived in three yachts, Barbary Heron, Sandpiper and Jackalope. Those of us on Barbary Heron were treated to the traditional Scottish dish of haggis, tatties and neeps, aye, and that was accompanied by some traditional Scottish water of life. On arrival at the Fambridge pontoon, mince pies were distributed to those still hungry. The Ferryboat Inn was heaving with a merry crowd but it was soon time to catch the last of the tide back to Burnham, a merry start indeed to the New Year.