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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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Second Vendee Yacht damaged in trawler collision

Louis BurtonA second Vendee Globe racing yacht has been damaged in a collision with a trawler off the coast of Portugal.  The Vendee Globe website reports that Louis Burton, skipper of Bureau Vallee, was napping on watch with his radar and AIS systems switched on, but woke when a trawler scraped up his port side.  He intends returning to the start to effect repairs, and then re-starting the race.  He said: " My main emotion is just shock and I am pretty depressed that I have to get back to Les Sables d'Olonne. In fact I was going through the front and had a couple of hours to go and had 30-35kts of wind. There was very poor visibility, rough seas and I had the radar and the AIS on. I was under the canopy to nap a bit and was making about 20kts. I turned my head bit and so a medium sized trawler slide along the hull. I grabbed a light to inspect the hull in a panic to see if it was OK. I was relieved but then saw the damage to the shroud. I tacked on to starboard immediately and focused first on Lisbon looking to get to land as quickly as possible.

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Hot Liquid Skipper & Owner Not Guilty of MCA Failures

Jason Manning, owner of the RYA Sailing School 'Hot Liquid' and Charlie Sturrock, an experienced skipper employed by the Sailing School have both been acquitted at Southampton Crown Court of charges following the rescue of the skipper and five students sailing on the Sailing School's yacht Liquid Vortex, a Beneteau First 40.7, in January this year (see our story here).

Judge Peter Ralls decided there was not enough evidence to convict Mr Sturrock of sailing at night without proper equipment, Mr Manning for failing to contact HM Coastguard or either man for failing to comply with standard operating procedures,

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Sailing Yachts still vulnerable to Pirate Attack

October Pirate ActivityThe RYA reports that advice from the NATO Shipping Centre (NSC), the Maritime Security Centre for the Horn of Africa (MSCHOA), UK Maritime and other agencies remains clear; that all sailing yachts should avoid transiting the High Risk Area in the Indian Ocean for the foreseeable future.

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'HMS Bounty' lost in Hurricane Sandy

HMS Bounty lost in Hurricane SandyRescue crews are searching for two people missing from the HMS Bounty, the 180ft sailing ship used in the film Pirates of the Caribbean, Treasure Island and Mutiny on the Bounty. The Tall Ship apparently got into difficulties trying to avoid the path of Hurricane Sandy.

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Second yachtsman missing after buying new yacht.

Yacht BrigandA second yachtsman is missing after setting sail shortly after buying a yacht. The search for skipper Hany Nabil Mustapha from London was called off today after he went missing on Saturday. Mr Mustapha left Poole in Dorset single-handed,  and his vessel called Brigand was found by a member of the public beached at Grange Chine, on the western edge of the Isle of Wight, with the engine still running and one sail up late the same day. He had only bought his boat that morning.

Read more: Second yachtsman missing after buying new yacht.

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