September 2021 Newsletter

Last month was obviously impacted upon by Covid, so not too much water-based activity.

Despite that, we had three call outs of a general nature prior to lockdown, with one being to tow a boat that was out over the middle ground and six nautical miles over the 12 nautical mile limit of the Coastguard Rescue vessel survey certificates. Whilst over our survey limits, Coastguard will still attend these call outs as we would rather act in a preventative manner than it evolve into an urgent callout.

Cadetship Programme

The third year of the Alan Jackson Memorial Cadet programme has been completed and planning is starting soon for next years’ programme. Congratulations again to all the cadets for their efforts and for passing the course.

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM has been postponed until Saturday 25th September at 11am in the Coastguard shed (this date is obviously subject to this area being in an appropriate Covid level).

Additional Rescue Vessel

Our additional Coastguard vessel (from the America’s Cup) has been delayed by a couple of months due to the short supply of various items. Prior to the lockdown we were expecting it around late November. However, unit planning of the fitout has been ongoing and hopefully, fingers crossed, we will have this boat sometime in December.

Summer Boating Preparation

Now would be a good time to start planning boat maintenance in preparation for the upcoming summer season, especially given the current issues that are being experienced around short supply and delay of items.

Safe boating,

Stuart Brown