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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

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Cancer Couple's 2000 mile Round UK Sail

Round Britain Cancer CoupleA couple who were recently diagnosed with cancer have completed an epic 2,000 mile journey around Britain to raise money for charity. Alan Sinfield and his wife Geraldine piloted a 34-foot Bavaria yacht called Tante Helena around the mainland in a challenge which took three months. 

It is a challenge made all the more heroic as Alan was diagnosed with prostate cancer and testicular cancer just last year. Earlier this year Geraldine was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Their diagnoses were all the more upsetting as Alan lost his first wife Wendy to cancer in 2002 and Geraldine's first husband Ian also died from the disease four years later. While they helped each other through their grief, the couple fell in love.

Read more: Cancer Couple's 2000 mile Round UK Sail

Trinity House £2 Stamp

Stamp CommemorationAs part of the wide range of activities commemorating Trinity House’s 500th anniversary, Royal Mail is releasing a limited edition coin cover for the £2 coin produced by The Royal Mint earlier this year. This fact-packed and beautifully-designed cover celebrates the 500th anniversary and features the £2 commemorative coin from The Royal Mint as well as the new Southwold Lighthouse stamp, cancelled with a unique handstamp. Limited edition of 10,000.

The coin cover is available from 18 September at

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Disabled Teenage Sailor Honoured by Marine Industry

Natasha Award

Disabled teenage sailor Natasha ‘Miss Isle’ Lambert sailed into the PSP Southampton Boat Show to be met and congratulated by Directors of the British Marine Federation and senior figures in the marine industry after her epic Sea and Summit challenge.

Natasha sailed her 21ft boat, Miss Isle Too, only by breathing through a straw in a specially-engineered helmet designed by her dad Gary.

Read more: Disabled Teenage Sailor Honoured by Marine Industry

Could your Sailing Club be RYA Club of the Year?

RYA Club of the Year

Applications for the RYA Club of the Year Award 2015 are now invited.

This award is aimed at recognising and promoting the outstanding achievements of the amazing array of people who work together to create vibrant clubs across the UK and keep our sports alive.

Launched in 2007, the award which is supported by Arthur J. Gallagher looks for clubs who are successful at:

Encouraging people to get on the water

Providing a range of quality and safe activities for all

Attracting new club members and volunteers

Engaging with the local community, particularly young people

Demonstrating good governance and club management

Read more: Could your Sailing Club be RYA Club of the Year?

Carbon Monoxide warning

A safety bulletin has been issued to warn boat owners about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning following two deaths in North Yorkshire in the UK.

Before going to bed, the skipper (aged 26) and the crewman (aged 21) had lit the grill of a butane gas cooker fitted in the wheelhouse in order to warm both the wheelhouse and the adjacent sleeping area.

Eshcol was not fitted with a carbon monoxide alarm.

Safety Issues

1. Gas cookers are designed for cooking, not domestic heating. Accommodation areas need to be heated, especially during the winter months and, for this, appropriate, purpose built heaters are required.

Read more: Carbon Monoxide warning

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