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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.



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RORC Dash to France

The penultimate race of the RORC Season's Points Championship often has a party atmosphere, it is the last race of the RORC season in English and French waters. About seven hundred sailors will be making the dash to France, in a variety of yachts racing under the IRC Rating system, and under the Class40 Rule. For some classes, the RORC Cherbourg Race is the season decider, for others who are already assured of class wins, there is the opportunity to race and celebrate in Cherbourg.

In IRC Zero, the duel between Piet Vroon's Dutch Ker 51 Tonnerre 4 and Avenarius & Gondesen's German Ker 46 Shakti will come to a conclusion. Neither will be taking part in the final race of the series, the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Shakti leads Tonnerre by over 30 points, and the German team will only need to finish the race to be sure of victory for the season. The IRC Zero fleet for the Cherbourg Race also includes other fast downwind flyers; Farr 52 Bob, Ker 46 Lady Mariposa and Class40 Arwen.

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Round the Island Race 2016 Entries open

Entries open for the 85th edition of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on Friday 15th January.

To encourage a strong take up of early bird entries, the ISC is offering ONE FREE ENTRY to this year's Race. The lucky winner's name will be drawn at random after Early Bird entries close on 13th February.

One of the most important factors to highlight regarding the 2016 Race is the first start time of 0830! 

Big names turn out in 2016

The Race organisers at the Island Sailing Club are delighted to announce that the new Fast 40+ Class will be competing in this year's J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on 2nd July. The class will not be eligible to race for the Gold Roman Bowl but is competing for the Turbo UK Cup. 

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Rounding Cape Horn in a foiling catamaran

A World First!  Franck Cammas, one of the most successful French sailors in the world, has done what no one has done before: rounded Cape Horn in a foiling catamaran - a world first!

As part of the Julbo Sail Session, Franck Cammas rounded Cape Horn in a Nacra F20 Carbon FCS accompanied by a novice sailor -Johannes Wiebel (GER).

Weather conditions were good, with 15 knots of wind and 2.5-metre waves.  

"It's been a really great and successful adventure," Franck Cammas said after getting back on land. "It’s unusual to have a weather window in 10 days for a boat like this to round Cape Horn. It's my third passage and it’s really uncommon to do it with such a small boat." 


New Records for the RORC Transatlantic Race

Southern Wind 94, Windfall crossed the finish line of the RORC Transatlantic Race just before 4pm local time on Thursday 10th December, completing the 3,000 mile race in just over 12 days. Windfall is the second Maxi to complete the race and in doing so, is the only yacht to have successfully finished both editions of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's new Transatlantic Race. Irish Olympic sailor and skipper of Windfall, Tim Goodbody, spoke about their race:

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Atlantic Trade Wind racing

Powered by the trade winds, the Minis are avidly speeding across the Atlantic. Only gybes and the speed differences continue to create gaps. Getting the gybe right in the right timing, repositioning the boat at the right moment is a particularly delicate exercise. As upwind, the racers need to be aware of wind shifts, and find the edge closest to the course, while seeking to gain in the south.

Contrary to popular belief, sailing in the trade winds is far from plain sailing. First, the sun is not always shining. This morning Teranga, one of the support boats, reported overcast conditions, wind varying from 19-24 knots and messy seas. Not really a holiday pace when rising to the challenge of crossing the Atlantic as fast as possible, alone on a 6.50 m boat, the most habitable part being the cockpit. At these speeds, it is not uncommon for the waves to come up over the gunwale and the racers’ dilemma is to choose between the wet weather gear that has them soaked in sweat, or shorts and a T-shirt, at the risk of getting regularly drenched.

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