March 11, 2015

Keeping together: it is not really practical for everyone to sail in close convoy simply because boat speeds vary quite a bit. But 'paring off' seems to be a popular and practical idea. Generally we try to not leave inexperienced crews unattended.

Regarding communications on any of our cruises: on VHF, we use the standard procedure of making initial contact on CH 16, then switching to CH 72. If you have a dual watch facility yo...

October 22, 2014

It is well worth taking advantage of the Coastguard 'CG 66 Scheme' whereby boat owners  record the details of their craft, contact numbers etc., on a simple little form which the CG then transfer onto their nationwide data base. Should there ever be any difficulties, they have the info about  your vessel literally at their fingertips.

Click on CG66  - The Voluntary Safety Identification Scheme

October 22, 2014

The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is an entirely voluntary organisation keeping a visual watch along UK shores.

There are manned stations on Portland Bill and on St Albans Head.

They are happy to give an up to the minute report of sea conditions near their station; follow the links for phone numbers and watch hours. They have a dedicated VHF channel, VHF 65.

Ch65 is a Duplex channel which means you will not hear...

October 22, 2014

Here are some notes for those wishing to ‘Round the Bill’ for the first time via the inshore passage.

The inshore passage is the navigable water between the rocks at the end of the Bill and the race. A distance of about a tenth of a mile.That may not sound much, but to put it in perspective, it’s probably more than the width of many harbour entrances. The race is not ‘parked’ in one place of course, it moves around depending on...

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