This is the official website of the

Bristol Channel Yachting Association.

Our purpose is to encourage sailing and motor boating activities in the Bristol Channel

and promote interclub relationships.


You are welcome to

request a link insertion rather than copy information that 

will inevitably become stale.

It's a dynamic site, last update...

(19 December 2014)

Please Remember...

Eternal Vigelance is the Price of Safety.


Also Safety is a State of Mind &

Not a List of Equipment.



Open Day: Jump aboard Challenge Wales to learn about what we do. 11am – 3pm...

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FREE Open Day: Jump aboard Challenge Wales to learn about what we do. 11am–3pm

Sat 24th Jan 2015

Penarth Marina

Click here to see more about... New storage site for Newport's medieval ship‏...

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Bristol University Students Challenge to Harness Tidal Energy of the Severn Estuary in Bristol Port...

The Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, met with final year engineering students at the University of Bristol this month to launch the Bristol 2015 Marine Energy Accelerator Programme (MEAP) - a year-long programme of events and other initiatives, co-funded by Bristol City Council and Bristol 2015 European Green Capital. Research projects are being undertaken by students and industry representatives to look at tidal range technology and to build a demonstration prototype to harness the tidal energy resource at Bristol Port. The scheme will also be sponsored by the Bristol Port Company, which will install the prototype within Bristol Port and hope to make a contribution to the study of tidal energy in the UK.
Commenting on the launch, the Mayor said: “Bristol is extremely fortunate to have a cluster of great companies in this sector which, combined with first class research facilities and energy resources right on our doorstep, make us a world leading hub for tidal energy engineering and technology development. As we approach 2015, our European Green Capital year, we want to celebrate this talent locally and showcase it on the international stage. We must also push ahead with initiatives to develop the tidal energy potential of the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel and maximise this great shared resource.” Read more...

Click here to find out where the geocaches are...  Geo-caching is an international sport based around the idea of a treasure hunt with high tech assistance. Participants use a Global Positioning Satellite receiver or other navigational techniques to find small interesting containers called "Geo-caches”, usually hidden in out-of-the-way places in scenic or interesting locations outdoors. These have been put in place by fellow enthusiasts, who then publish the details on the web so that other people can find them.

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Bristol Harbourside, Bristol
Run by: All Aboard Watersports
Taster sessions for over 55s in sailing, rowing and paddle sports every Wednesday morning.
Taster sessions in sailing, rowing and paddle sports for over 55s. Come along and try a new sport, meet new people and develop new skills!

Other Dates

This activity also runs on these dates:
  1. Wed 10 Dec 10:00–12:30
  2. Wed 14 Jan 10:00–12:30
 Cost   £3.00 per person per session.
 Difficulty level
  1. Taster Session
  2. Beginner
  3. Intermediate
  4. Advanced

Accreditation   RYA,   AALA

Bristol Harbourside
Bristol Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5LL
Meeting point: All Aboard! Watersports, Baltic Wharf, Cumberland Road
About this location
Close to Lloyd's Amphitheatre, Waterfront Square, Anchor Square, At-Bristol Millennium Square.


This activity is organised and run by All Aboard Watersports.
 Please register in advance. Pre-booking essential. Call 0117 929 0801 to book your space.

Shackleton's Island Resting Place Now On Google Street View...

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When famed Irish explorers Ernest Shackleton and Tom Crean set foot on the island of South Georgia in 1916, it was as remote as one could get in the world at that time.

Fast forward to 2014 and the vistas of that Southern Ocean outcrop are available to all, thanks to an intrepid hiker equipped with Google's Trekker backpack camera.

As reports, Linbald Expeditions and National Geographic sent one of their videographers with the special 360-degree camera unit to capture images for the Google Street View virtual mapping service.

And the fruits of that adventure are some 10,000 shots taken across nine locations, roughly plotting the path that Shackleton and his crew took on their pioneering Endurance voyage - and their epic journey to seek rescue when the ship was trapped in ice.

From Afloat

Links to the live Google Street View Imagery:

Click here to see more... America's Cup: Portsmouth to host preparation events...

Americas Cup racing

Portsmouth has been selected to host two preparation events for yachting's 35th America's Cup.

Organisers have confirmed the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) races will take place in Portsmouth from 23-26 July 2015 and 21-24 July 2016.

Click here to see more about...  Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority...

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(D&SIFCA) was fully vested under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (MaCCA).
D&SIFCA took over the fisheries and conservation management and enforcement responsibilities
of the previous Devon Sea Fisheries Committee (DSFC) and the Environment Agency (EA) within
the new district. The D&SIFCA district1
covers all tidal waters (out to six nautical miles from the
1983 baselines) within Devon County Council borders in the south and from the Devon and
Cornwall County Council boundary up to the Gloucestershire County Council border and Wales in
the north.(please refer to map overleaf)
Under section 6 of The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (Transitional and Savings Provisions)
Order 2011, the D&SIFCA has inherited and can actively enforce the local byelaws made by DSFC
and the EA covering the district described above. D&SIFCA are required to review the inherited
byelaws, the Authority endeavours to have completed this process within the next 24 months.
The booklet provides information on all the legislation currently in force. If you are in any doubt on
how these byelaws may impact on you, please contact the office for further advice before fishing.

Giant propeller blades stolen from Fishguard Harbour...

Stena Europe propeller blades

Giant propeller blades worth £240,000 have been stolen from Fishguard Harbour in Pembrokeshire.

Dyfed-Powys Police believe the four blades, weighing around 268 stone (1700 kg) each, were taken between August and September this year.

Stena Europe, who own the copper blades, say they were insured and are worth around £60,000 each.

The 6ft (1.8m) tall propeller blades would have required specialist equipment to move, Stena Europe say.


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