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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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Yacht sinks off Guernsey

Credit:  Tom HarveyFour Polish Yachtsmen had a very lucky escape when their yacht sank after hitting rocks in Guernsey's  Little Russel channel between Herm Island and Guernsey’s east coast.(Picture:  Tom Harvey)

At 17:50 local time on Friday 25th September 2015, 999 calls were received from members of the public that a vessel appeared to have sunk a mile off Bordeaux Harbour, just north of St Peter Port.  

The Yacht, Melina of Fleet, a ferro-cement Endurance 40 two-masted schooner, had left St Peter Port on the strong north-going tide on passage towards Cherbourg when it apparently hit rocks close to the Roustel Beacon and sank very quickly. The incident was seen by people ashore, who called 999.  The St Peter Port Lifeboat which was on exercise off the East coast of Herm was immediately tasked to the area.

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Yacht Club of the Year' Award 2015

The Royal Southern Yacht Club is extremely proud to have been announced today as the 'overwhelming winner' of the Sailing Today 'Yacht Club of the Year' Award 2015, sponsored by Rolly Tasker Sails.

Sailing Today is published by Chelsea Magazines and is a sister publication to Yachts & Yachting and Classic Boat magazines.The magazine launched its own awards earlier in the Summer to recognise the best the marine industry and the cruising world have to offer.

The Royal Southern was nominated for this Award by Marketing & Media consultant Peta Stuart-Hunt who mounted a strong campaign using social media.  Once shortlisted, this was supported by the Club's own membership to garner votes.

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New IMOCA 60 Launched

On Thursday, February 5 at 1730hrs (French time) at the CDK boatyard in Lorient, Safran, the new IMOCA 60 skippered by Morgan Lagravière was launched for the first time. After a year of construction in Port-La-Forêt and then Lorient, the VPLP-Guillaume Verdier-designed boat, the first of the new generation of 60ft boats built for the 2016 Vendée Globe, has been unveiled to the public.

The launch of a boat is always loaded with emotion, especially when it includes significant technological developments. “2014 has been a year of transition for me, I immersed myself in the construction of my boat, while dreaming of the time when I could get into the optimisation and competition phase,” Morgan Lagravière, skipper of the new Safran, said. “Now, I can’t wait to sail this boat, and that moment is almost here.”

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2015 RORC Transatlantic Race

A highly varied fleet with fascinating competitors will set off on 28th November from Lanzarote - the most eastern island in the Canary Islands chain - bound for the island of Grenada in the Caribbean in the RORC Transatlantic Race, organised by The Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with The International Maxi Association.

Two MOD 70s will be locking horns in the 2015 RORC Transatlantic Race, aiming for line honours and victory in a highly competitive, high-speed duel: Lloyd Thornburg's Phaedo^3 and Tony Lawson's Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield are capable of a top speed in excess of 40 knots and an average 25 knots for the race. Two of the world's fastest multihulls could complete the 3000 nautical mile course in just five days.

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Drama as Yacht hits Sydney Ferry

Drama in Sydney harbour as a sailing yacht hits a ferry:

Credit: YouTube/TROYDEEZY88

A dramatic incident involving a sailing yacht hitting the Sydney to Manly Ferry has been posted on YouTube.  The yacht appears to have been caught out by a severe squall.  With both the main and foresheets let go, the yacht is out of control, and a member of the crew can be seen clinging to the windward guard rail.  

Inexperience may have been a contributing factor, as the crew member is clinging on 'for dear life', rather than trying to sort the problem or control the yacht.  And with a spinnaker pole rigged, it seems that the crew might well have been caught unawares by the squall as they tried to rig the yacht for downwind sailing in less gusty conditions.  Flying a 'kite' in that kind of squall would be somewhat unadvisable!

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