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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.


Rose & Brian

Rosie & Brian’s Big Adventure part 9 – Biscay crossing

Biscay Crossing ChartBenodet to La Coruña – via the Bay of Biscay

While in Benodet we waited for a nice westerly breeze to set in for a few days for our Biscay crossing – and waited, and waited for almost a week. We had decided to give up and head east along the Breton coast to L’Orient, La Rochelle or possibly Belle Isle. But I mulled this over and thought that this would add another two weeks at least to our journey to the Med if not more – and I wanted to be somewhere warm! So I persuaded Brian to look at the Biscay crossing against the weather map on a 6 hour plot to see what the wind looked like at each position.

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Storms, Channel Crossing and France at last!

Brian in CamaretRose & Brian's great adventure - 8
We are following Rose and Brian as they sell up and set sail around the world.  France at last!

Monday 6th July in Padstow was very wet, so we reorganised our “filing systems” in the saloon making it easier to find stuff and fitted a bilge alarm by adapting the test switch on a fire alarm. This was a handy tip from our Shetland friends and provides two in one protection. After the rain stopped we went for a long walk up to the bridge over the Camel, dodging the cyclists on the Camel trail – pedestrians beware. The rain had filled the harbour up with rubbish from the streets – Padstow has a water borne bin man who goes round in a dinghy with a fishing net to collect all the bigger bits!

A window in the weather finally appeared on Wednesday 8th and we decided to set off for St Mary’s in the Scillies on the evening tide. The day was quite sunny and a brisk NW breeze was predicted. After an early evening start we settled down to a reach down the north coast of Cornwall and out to the Scillies in relative warmth but the wind wasn’t that strong and there was a big opposing swell and chop so quite slow. We passed Lands End in the dark.

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Rosie & Brian 6 - Almost ready to go!

Rosie in HolyheadAs Rosie & Brian prepare to leave Holyhead for a live-aboard life in the Med, Rosie describes the final preparations.

We are getting to know a few people on the marina. Not least Mike and Lesley of Sherlock Foams who we see most weekends. Mike has fixed down our spray hood and regaled us with many tales of sailing and motorboating, and this weekend we took delivery of our smart new cockpit cushions – even down to a curved one for the helmsman’s seat. Other faces become more familiar as we pass them on the pontoons and we have now worked out who owns what and where! Sue in the office knows us well now, especially as some of our purchases are delivered there for collection at our next visit.

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Rosie & Brian 7 - Leaving at last!

BrianRose & Brian finally leave Holyhead on their big adventure.  Read the latest installment here:

On our way – Parties, trials, tribulations and excitement

The village leaving party went ahead with over 30 people! Our next door neighbour returned from business on the other side of the Pennines, we were really well feted. A full buffet spread was laid out, everyone had a great time and we were given gifts – a stuffed ship’s cat and a bag of oranges to ward off the scurvy. It was sad to leave all our friends. Stories relating to our 21 year tenure in the village surprised us – we had forgotten some of them. The following week we packed up the final belongings having sold our cars and finished all the clearing out, said final goodbyes and returned to Holyhead for the last time.

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Rosie & Brian 5 - Fitting Out and Clearing the House

Alexora in HolyheadIn part 5 of their move to sail around the world, Rosie and Brian describe the house clearing and fitting out. Rosie writes:

I finished work at the end of April with a big night out send-off which was great fun. However it was a relief to know that I was now free to spend all my time preparing for our big adventure. The task and shopping list rapidly grew to 3 pages classified into boat stuff, house stuff and all the administrative things that have to be done. We are spending about 3 days at home mid week and 4 day weekends on Alixora.

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