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Icom IC-M35We review the Icom IC-M35 handheld.  Read the full review here.

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.



SafaSail HatThe SafaSail Hard Hat looks just like a sailing cap, but will help protect you if you get a bang to the head.  See our review here

The News


One Hundred and Eighty!

Barcelona World Race

It is one of those crazy moments that round the world ocean racers cherish, or at least amuses them, the antimeridian. When East becomes West. Sailing eastwards, at one hundred and eighty degrees east, it is not so much Live Another Day, as Live the Same Day twice. The clock goes back 12 hours and the day happens again, in theory!

For Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam, nine circumnavigations between them, passing the Antimeridian today is merely another nice reminder they homewards bound, closer to the finish than the start. Still making speeds north of 20kts and racking up 460-470 miles 24 hours runs, the Barcelona World Race leaders passed the Antimeridian at 1415hrs UTC today.

Read more: One Hundred and Eighty!

RTI Race - Free Entry Draw

There's still time to enter the draw for a free race entry to the Round the Island race.  

There are two FREE ENTRIES to this year's Race waiting to be drawn by the Race organisers at the ISC. There's no time to waste, as the second draw takes place on February 6th. The third and final draw takes place on 6th March. For details, terms & conditions and to enter, please click here:

The Race organisers at the Island Sailing Club (ISC) opened entries to the 84th edition of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on 9th January in tandem with publishing the Notice of Race in print and online. Entries are currently on target at 400 at the time of writing. This year's Race takes place on Saturday June 27th with a first start time scheduled for 0700.

Read more: RTI Race - Free Entry Draw

Proposed new Marine Conservation Zones Chart

Proposed new Marine Conservation Areas Chart
(see here for full document from Defra)

DIY leads to boat deaths - MAIB

The Marine Accident Investigation Board (MAIB) report (full copy here) on the two fatalities on board the Bayliner 285 Arniston on Windermere on 1 April 2013 has found that DIY alterations to a portable generator was the cause.

A mother and her daughter were overcome by fumes from a portable generator which had been installed in the engine bay and modified by the addition of an exhaust which subsequently failed allowing the small sleeping area to fill with lethal carbon monoxide.

The report found that:

  • The installation of the portable air-cooled petrol generator in the enclosed engine bay was against the advice provided by the manufacturer.
  • The improvised exhaust system fitted to the generator was not fit for purpose.
  • All safety critical work on boats should be undertaken by a competent marine engineer using the correct materials.
  • The boats occupants were not alerted to the presence of CO because the alarms fitted on board were not working.

Consultation on new Marine Conservation Zones

Everyone with an interest in our seas is invited to give their views on whether 23 sites in English waters should become Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). The 23 sites proposed will cover 10,810 square kilometres of our seas, protecting important seabed habitats and species.

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) supports the UK and Devolved Governments’ shared vision for clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas and believes that, in most cases, this vision can be achieved without any adverse impact on either the public right or the safety of navigation for recreational boating.

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Read more: Consultation on new Marine Conservation Zones

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