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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.



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

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RYA YachtMaster of the Year Award

Outstanding youngster George Gillingham has been awarded the RYA Yachtmaster™ of the Year 2014 for his exceptional demonstration of sailing skills, having successfully passed his RYA Yachtmaster™ certificate of competence exam just a few weeks after his 18th birthday.

George, from Poole in Dorset, was presented with the prestigious trophy by HRH The Princess Royal at the CWM FX London Boat Show at ExCeL London.

The winner of the prestigious annual award must possess outstanding skills and knowledge as a skipper and will have demonstrated their expertise and experience during their exam.

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Sir Robin is Yachtsman of the Year - Again!

Seventy-five-year-old Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has been named British yachtsman of the year by the Yachting Journalists’ Association at a prestigious awards ceremony sponsored for the first time by, the global online resource for boating enthusiasts. The awards were presented by Ian Atkins, president of and Bob Fisher, Chairman of the YJA, at a gala ceremony at Trinity House in London.

Sir Robin’s outstanding sailing exploits impressed the Country’s foremost sailing journalists, as members of the YJA voted him the eventual winner from a closely contested shortlist that included ISAF sailing world champion Giles Scott from Weymouth and Hamble based solo transatlantic sailor Miranda Merron.

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Yacht grounds entering Liverpool

New Brighton's Atlantic 85 B-870 John & Louisa Fisher lifeboat was launched on the evening of Friday 21st November following the report of a grounded 27ft yacht, with a crew of two, off the Queens channel on the approach to the River Mersey.

Bob Warwick of New Brighton RNLI writes:  "We launched at 5:50pm after low water on a dark and cold November night, conditions off shore were difficult with heavy rain and very poor visibility compounded by a large and choppy swell, wind in the region of force 5 to 6. Southport's independant lifeboat had also been launched and was on its way. 

We eventually found the yacht, which had manage to get affloat on the incoming tide, in a dangerous position near to the Training Wall at the edge of the Queens channel just off from the busy sea lane."

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Hugo Boss breaks Barcelona Gibratar record

Alex Thomson (GBR) and Pepe Ribes (ESP) on Hugo Boss have passed Gibraltar, crossing the Longitude 5°37W at 18H50 (CET). They have set a new record time for the Barcelona to Gibraltar course of 538 nautical miles of 2 days, 5 hours, 50 minutes.

Hugo Boss is the former Virbac-Paprec 3, a VPLP/Verdier IMOCA design launched in 2010, and the boat which set the previous Barcelona-Gibraltar record time, skippered by Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) and Loick Peyron (FRA) in the 2010-2011 Barcelona World Race at 3 days, 7 hours, 55 minutes. 


At 75, Sir Robin finishes TransAt in 3rd place

Hours from the finish line, when he was locked in a tense final battle with Italian course record holder for his class Andrea Mura, doing all he could to steal second, Britain's Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, 75, pronounced that he would be simply 'ecstatic' if he were to finish third in the Rhum Class of La Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, the 3,542 miles solo race from Saint-Malo, France to Guadeloupe in the French West Indies. 

"I will be back next time with a smaller boat. I am absolutley over the moon, ecstatic to get third. I was up against some really good competition in this class. These last few days we have been racing very hard against each other and in the end there is no shame in being beaten by good people. And I was beaten by two very good people. I congratulate them."Sir Robin commented.

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