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Defective Throw Bag Rescue Lines

Safety Bulletin 2/2018 MAIB safety bulletin SB2-2018

A defective throw bag rescue line was discovered while Warrington Rowing Club was conducting boat capsize drills for new rowers at Halton Baths in Cheshire, UK. A 15m long polypropylene rescue line in a throw bag parted. On inspection, the defective throw bag rescue lines were found to have been made up of sections of polypropylene rope fused together, which broke easily at the joint when put under tension.

Considering the potentially serious consequences of a throw bag rescue line failing in a real lifesaving situation, the MAIB is conducting a safety investigation. A full report will be published when the investigation is complete.

Request for information

To assist this investigation, it is requested that full details of any defective throw bag rescue lines discovered are also passed to the MAIB via

Pub Lunch Cruise

On a lighter note the Pub Lunch Cruise to the Olde Plough at Bere Ferrers took place in good weather (unless you were trying to beat out of the very narrow channel to the quay back into the Tavy proper)

Members came by water and land, under power and under sail and by piggy-back (at least for the last few yards across the mud). Pictures are in the gallery

Abandoned Boat Action

All members please note CYC Ltd has started proceedings against the blue hulled motorboat on mooring E3, owner unknown.

The Club has recently had to take action regarding a motor boat which appears to have been abandoned on one of our moorings. The boat has no identifying name or mark and no SSRI number and a 'round robin' to members has not revealed the owner.

Your Committee has applied the recently adopted ‘Abandoned Boat Policy’ and has attached a notice to the offending boat demanding that the owner contacts Club forthwith.

Unauthorised occupation of our moorings prevents us from allocating the position to a member and deprives the Club of income. However we are constrained in the actions that we can take by the Torts Act 1977. If any member has information about the ownership of the small motorboat on mooring E3 they can, in confidence, contact any member of the Committee and any information would be most gratefully received.

Reason to Wear Crotch Strops!

This vital short clip shows why you absolutely should have crotch straps attached to your lifejackets!

Watch this video from Facebook

Posted by, and credit to Boatshed Brighton on Friday, 23 December 2016.

Message from the Webmaster: Personal experience showed that two are better than one!

Consultation for Permanent Removal of the Skerries Bank Buoy

Position: SW England, Start Bay, 50° 16.315’N 003° 33.771’W

Following extensive analysis of the maritime traffic in the area of the approach to Dartmouth and the Skerries Bank, Trinity House are proposing to permanently discontinue the Port Hand Unlit Lateral Mark at Skerries Bank.

The full story is an the RYA website here . The URL is very long! It will open in a new tab.

Another Outboard Theft

Two outboard motors were stolen from a boat stationed at Weir Quay in Bere Ferriers between 5pm on Sat 2 Sep and 8am on Sun 3 Sep 2017. The police said the cost of the motors was around £400.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police via or by calling 101, quoting the crime reference number CR/076049/17.

Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charith Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111 or reporting online at

Project KRAKEN

Project KRAKEN... cracking down on crime by delivering enhanced vigilance
Boaters reminded to report unusual or suspicious activity.
More information is on the RYA website here. It will open in a new page. Please advise the webmaster if this link has changed since website publication.

VHF Channel changes start on Wed 6 Sep 2017

Maritime and Coastguard Agency announces VHF Channel changes coming in September 2017

Boat owners, shipping companies and anyone who puts out to sea are being informed about a change in some of the VHF channel numbers used to contact UK Coastguard.

As a result of changes to Appendix 18 (Marine VHF) of the Radio Regulations it will mean that VHF channels 23, 84 and 86 will no longer be used for either Maritime Safety Information (MSI) or Radio Medical Advice.

The channels to use from Wednesday 6th of September 2017 will be VHF 62, 63 and 64. The use of VHF Channel 10 for MSI and pollution control (back up) is unchanged.

Mark Lawson from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency said: “Although the change is not happening until September, when it happens the changeover will be absolute and we want to make people aware of this changeover in good time given our commitment to deliver maritime safety and wider support to the maritime community.

Link to RYA website

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Other News

The report on the Cargreen Yacht Club Regatta for 2017 is found here.

The very successful White Sail Event run by CYC is found here.

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