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Club Notices for Cargreen Yacht Club

Driving on the Club's Causeway

Car sinking
If you drive a vehicle onto the Causeway a sticky fate could await you. The Causeway is made of a fabric membrane on top of the mud. It was designed to allow people and trailers to safely cross the mud to the low-water mark.

Put simply cars are too heavy. If your car were to break through the membrane it would be very difficult if not impossible to recover it before the next tide. Not only would this land you with substantial costs for which you are probably not insured but also you would be liable for any pollution your submerged car caused.

And, of course, you might have some difficulty explaining to other members why they could not get out to their moorings. Club Bye-Laws say that: motor vehicles may not be taken onto the Causeway beyond the initial slope. The Committee have the power under Article 12 to suspend or withdraw your membership if you ignore the Bye-laws.

Safety Notice regarding safety harness tethers

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) is carrying out an investigation into the fatal man overboard accident on board the yacht CV30, which was taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

The yacht was on the third leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race having left Cape Town on 31 Oct 2017 bound for Fremantle, Western Australia.

On 18 Nov 2017, the yacht was approximately 1,500nm from Fremantle, when a crew member fell overboard. He was attached to the yacht by his safety harness tether. The hook at the end of the tether that was clipped to a jack-line, deformed and released resulting in him becoming separated from the yacht. He was recovered unconscious onto the yacht but sadly could not be resuscitated.


The crew member was using a three-point webbing tether attached to the integral harness of his lifejacket that allowed him to clip on to the yacht with a short or long tether.
A safety issue identified during the investigation was that the hook on the end of crew member's tether had become caught under a deck cleat (see Figure 1 below), resulting in a lateral loading that was sufficient to cause the hook to distort (see Figure 2 below) and eventually release.

MAIB Diagram MAIB Image Both images are copyright MAIB.

The tether hook was of a conventional design and quality of build, and was commonly used by manufacturers of safety harnesses and tethers that were certified under ISO12401.
When loaded longitudinally, the tether can withstand a load of over 1 tonne. However, when loaded laterally a tether hook will deform at much less load. It is important that tether hooks remain clear of obstructions and are free to rotate to align the load longitudinally.


To prevent the strength of a safety harness tether becoming compromised in-service due to lateral loading on the tether hook, the method used to anchor the end of the tether to the vessel should be arranged to ensure that the tether hook cannot become entangled with deck fittings or other equipment.

The Safety Bulletin from the MAIB can be downloaded here.
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Safety with DIY Antifouling

The RYA is concerned that the future quality and availability of antifouling paints, in particular for pleasure craft use, is in doubt due to the requirement for all biocidal products to undergo a stringent authorisation procedure under the Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) No.528/2012 (BPR). More details are here and the page will open in a new tab/window:

RYA Notes on Future of Antifouling

Links to external, or third party Web sites, are provided solely for visitors' convenience.
Links taken to other sites are done so at your own risk and Cargreen Yacht Club Ltd accepts no liability for any linked sites or their content.
When you access an external Web site, keep in mind that Cargreen Yacht Club Ltd has no control over its content.

The British Coatings Federation (BCF) has issued a number of information leaflets:

Antifouling poster

Antifouling Safety Leaflet

Fuller Guide to Antifouling

Further information from the BCF is here.

Note for all owners of vessels overwintering on CYC Moorings

For the last five years there have been about thirty yachts and boats left on their moorings during the mooring servicing period. Each of these has to be moved so that the mooring can be inspected, cleaned and repaired as necessary. Depending on the size of the boat, the strength of the tidal stream and the wind, they may be taken alongside the barge or moved to another mooring, a process that adds an average of 30 minutes to the servicing time, taking into account additional barge travel up and down the river, and costs about £30 – some £900 overall.
It seemed unfair to share this additional cost among all mooring holders rather than to charge it to the members who leave their boats on moorings during November, and the Committee therefore amended the Mooring Bye Laws in November 2016 so that owners could be charged for the additional costs involved.

Owners who move their boats to other moorings by arrangement with the Moorings Officer or Bargemaster, will not be charged, nor will owners who move their boats during a half or full day on the barge, but owners should be aware that the barge can only operate in favourable wind and tidal conditions, and that it may be impossible to service a mooring on a particular day or at a particular time to suit owners, even when this has been carefully arranged with the Bargemaster.

This year, to make life easier for working members, the barge will work over one weekend, 11-12th November, specifically to service the moorings of overwintering vessels while the owners work on the barge, go for a short cruise, or pick up another mooring.

Would owners wishing to take advantage of the marvellous opportunity to save themselves £30 please notify the Bargemaster a.s.a.p.

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Lobster Pots and Small Craft Safety

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Count the Lobster Pots!

The RYA and Cruising Association are both campaigning about poorly marked fishing gear and lobster pots around our coasts.

The South West has a large number of poorly marked pot buoys including a number in and around the Sound. The PPSA is working with the QHM on this matter.

There is a petition on the UK Government website which closed on 12 March 2018.

The Government's response to the petition is here:

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Theft of Outboard from Weir Quay Sailing Club

On the night of Fri 14 Apr, part of an outboard motor was stolen from the Weir Quay Sailing Club mooring barge. The person stole the lower section of the leg of the Honda 20HP engine on our mooring barge, by unbolting the gearbox and prop assembly.
WQSC have reported it to Devon & Cornwall Police who have said that they had little chance of finding out who did it. In addition, the MOD Police have said they would log it, but regretted that they no longer had the resources to make regular trips up to Weir Quay. (and CYC?)

Update 21:00 Mon 17 AprThe "suspicious" red rib has been discounted.
Bad News:
Two boats have been broken into on CYC moorings; apart from damage to the boats, the items taken included a radio, fuel tank and fuel, battery, binoculars, Garmin GPS and Fishfinder.

Martin Worth, the Boatwatch Manager requests that all members and keep an eye out for any suspicious activity and, if sighted, advise the MoD Police immediately. In any case, please secure your property.

The Commodore has sent the following message to our Members:

Over the last few days there have been at least three episodes of theft from and/or damage to vessels moored on our stretch of the river. The MoD and Civilian police are aware, but as far as I know no property has yet been recovered, and no suspects have been caught.

Members are advised to keep a record of the serial numbers of outboard motors and other portable equipment, to be vigilant and report any suspicious boats or persons on the river to the MoD Police on 01752 553384.

It is strongly recommended that small outboards should be brought ashore when not in use, and I shall be removing binoculars and all portable apparatus when my boat is left on her mooring.

Charles Evans

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Quick Guide to the Members Only Pages

The Members Only pages are on a secure and encrypted server, which allows all members to pay your Membership Subscriptions and your Moorings Fees using Direct Debit instead of Standing Order.

The pages are accessible via the "Members' Only" button on the menu above right using your username and password.
If you cannot remember either, please contact the webmaster here.

All the pages of the Members' Area have this horizontal menu across the top:

"CYC Events" -- "Directories" -- "My Details" -- "Forms" -- "CYC Website" -- "Logout"

"CYC Events" When an Event at CYC requires booking, you may book your places, select menu choices and pay the Club by Direct Debit if you have one with the Club.
You may also use the Crew Register from this tab.

"Directories" contains contact details of our members: eMail Address, Tel Nos, Yacht Names, List of Boatwatch volunteers;

"Boatwatch" is available at the beginning of the year for members to select the days when they would like to undertake Boatwatch for the Club, subsequently the roster is available..

"My Details" allows you to view and change your personal details, including your Password; in addition info on your yacht, dinghies, & tenders. Please click on the appropriate button to save your changes;

"Forms" is used for the setting up of your Direct Debit and the payment of mooring fees and membership subscriptions;

"CYC Website" returns you to this website without logging out, however,the session will expire after a given time.
"Logout" will log you out from the Members' Area and return you to the main CYC website.

For security reasons, the Members Only pages will time-out after a period of inactivity.

Please note that Cargreen Yacht Club does not have access to any details of your bank account; that is held securely by our provider and cannot be accessed by Club Officers or other members.

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