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GMDSS A user's handbook








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Four Cheers for the Canal & River Trust

50+ Adventure Club go sailing on the Norfolk BroadsEDITORIAL

There's a kind of myth that has developed amongst sailors that it's really only the Salty Stuff that floats proper sailing yachts. So we are delighted today to report on the £1 billion funding announcement made by MP Richard Benyon for the new Canal and River Trust.

The Inland Waterways of Britain are hugely important, not only as a leisure resource, but as part of our national heritage. Our canal system provides rest and relaxation for thousands, and a long-term home for many. Our rivers, including the Thames, are part of the lungs of the nation. And anyone who has 'ditch-crawled' on the Norfolk Broads will tell you how serene and beautiful that experience is.

It is not often that we praise a member of parliament – the common media perception is of grubby self-seeking. But the Benyon family has a track record, both in parliament and outside it, of wise and generous support for the good of the nation, and Richard deserves our thanks and our recognition for steering this new body into being.


There are many ocean yachtsmen and women who cut their sailing teeth on our rivers and lakes. I am one of them. I grew up by the Thames near Goring, and spent many happy days of my childhood tacking to and fro across the river, or rowing up to the local church for evensong. The sight of the Thames Conservancy slipper boats gliding almost silently up and down the river, with their uniformed crew, reminds us all of happy days.

And now there is a huge opportunity for a Trust to develop the freedom and pleasure of the waterways even further. There are two risks: The first is that, in the drive for economic stability, the new trust will price people off the waterways by continuing the growth of over-restrictive and expensive licences. The second is that the bureaucracy of leisure will continue to grow too fast for comfort.

But despite these risks, there is a huge welcome for Mr Benyon's announcement today, and even the saltiest of yachtsmen should be raising a glass to this news.

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