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This is the Official Website of the

Bristol Channel Yachting Association.

(It's a dynamic site, last update 27 06 16)

Britain's Second Biggest and Friendliest

Yachting Association.


Our purpose is to encourage sailing and

motor boating activities in the Bristol Channel and promote interclub relations.


Please Scroll down for breaking news

or use the top and side menues for regular items.

You are welcome to request a link be inserted rather than copy which 

will inevitably become stale.

Safety is a state of mind, not a list of equipment,

it's everyone's inescapable responsibility

and eternal vigilance is it's price.


Click the link to see more... 

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If you have recently purchased a boat, it’s easy to feel like you have no clue about how anything operates!  Ditto if you’ve begun a new relationship and your significant other has a boat that you’re suddenly trying to learn... Click the blue heading to read more.


Currently the new outer harbour pontoons at a 1metre OD tide has approximately 7.5ft or 2.4 meters of water.

On an extreme astronomical low it can get as low as 1.4m However the vast majority of the time it will have at least 2.5 meters (8ft) of water and during neap tides 3 meter of water.

Sand migration may effect depth however we will assess each year.



Michael Davies

Chief Executive Officer

Saundersfoot Harbour

Tel: 01834 812094

Email: mdavies@saundersfootharbour.co.uk


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A.I.S. Bristol Channel...   http://www.shipais.co.uk/currentmap.php?map=BristolChannel

Marine Traffic...   http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-3/centery:51/zoom:11

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Shellfish beds in Devon and the Channel Islands have been closed after tests showed high levels of pollution.


Closures have taken place after sewage bacteria, thought to be E. coli, was found in Slapton, Taw, Torridge and Jersey, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said.

Shellfish beds in Weymouth in Dorset and Porlock in Somerset have now been closed.

Five sites in Cornwall were closed on Thursday.

The Shellfish Association of Great Britain has contested the move, claiming the test results were "inconceivable".

The FSA said: "We are monitoring the situation by taking further samples but until we have evidence to the contrary the beds must remain closed to protect public health."

My Favourite Anchorage in the Bristol Channel... is Swanbridge Bay in a deep pool behind Sully Island... You can see it on Google maps... Just go to the pilotage page on this site you can see the pool connecting to the entrance channel which is dredged regularly by mother nature... This anchorage is good in Westerlies up to say half flood...


Hundreds of people lined Ilfracombe Harbour to greet the town’s brand new RNLI lifeboat, the Shannon class The Barry and Peggy High Foundation. The amount of support shown made an exciting day even more emotional for Ilfracombe RNLI’s volunteers.


Atlantic college

UWC Atlantic college is pleased to announce that we will be awarded the prestigious Engineering Heritage Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for the design of the RIB, the building, testing, refining by the staff and students of the college, the gift of the patent to the RNLI for the humanitarian saving of lives and the global contribution to rescue, recreational and commercial marine activity. 

A key element is the restoration, exhibition and use of the original RIB ‘Naomi’, and the implementation of the Tsunami Rescue Boat Project that we are currently involved in.

Previous winners have been Tower Bridge – London, The Channel Tunnel, The Bessemer Converter, The Bletchley Park Bombe, The Jaguar E Type, Concorde among other amazing pieces. 



A red plaque will be awarded that will be displayed at the seafront on the boathouse, next to Naomi, and the formal presentation of the award by the Institution will take place in coming months.  We are grateful to the Institution for this award and know that this is tremendous recognition to all who have worked on the boats over the last 53 years. 

Oceanographer Dr Rob Kirby argues that high silt levels in the Severn Estuary reduce the viability of proposed large tidal lagoons for power generation...


Engineering projects intimately linked to the high sediment load in the Severn, already at a low point, have plummeted even further with recent announcements of plans for large tidal lagoons in Bridgwater Bay and in Cardiff Bay, extending towards Newport.


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