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GMDSS A User's Handbook

By Denise Bréhaut

GMDSS A user's handbook








The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) provides a fast and efficient way of calling for assistance at sea, whatever the size of craft or its geographical position. Since it was first published, this book has helped explain the system for anyone using GMDSS and has been excellent pre-course reading for students.


Jerry Tremain - 18 Days in April

A 'race' to the Mediterranean. Part 1.

Cushla dressed overallIn 2009 we published two articles by Jerry Tremain as he and Kathy made a careful survey of marinas in the South of France.  Last year, he took his Catamaran, Cushla, from Southampton to her new base in the Med, and over the next seven weeks, we are publishing his account of the voyage.  Jerry writes:


Kathy and I have been ‘moving up’ in sailing circles since we bought a share in our first yacht, shortly after leaving the navy in 2000.  Five years later we bought our own little boat, a 22’ Newbridge Venturer, but it proved to be too small for our hobby.  So in 2007 a radical decision was made to ‘go for it’ and to invest in something more substantial which could hopefully take us off around the world someday.  I suggested buying a catamaran and came up with the throw away statement, “We could live aboard it to keep costs down, if you wish”.  To my surprise Kathy took to the idea with enthusiasm and before I knew it Cushla was found.

Cushla is a South African built 38’ cat’ coming from the Peter Dean stable; the last of the three 380’s he built in 1999. She is roomy, sturdy and unique.  So began our love affair with her.  For the next three and a half years we enjoyed lovely summers and challenging winters afloat in Southampton, sailing the Solent, Dorset coast and Channel Islands in between.  However, the British climate afloat leaves a lot to be desired so we hankered for somewhere warmer and looked to the future when we could depart on our permanent cruise to far flung waters.

Read more: A 'race' to the Mediterranean. Part 1.

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