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State-of-the-art Ilfracombe watersports centre gets the go ahead...


PLANS for a multi-million pound watersports centre in Ilfracombe have been given the final stamp of approval.

North Devon Council’s planning committee today gave the go ahead for the centre to be built at Larkstone Cove together with boat and equipment storage facilities, showers, changing rooms, teaching space and a cafe.

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WW2 torpedo boat takes to the water in Somerset...

Torpedo boat
MTB 219 is being restored in Somerset and has so for cost £30,000

A World War Two torpedo boat being restored in Somerset has taken to the water in Bridgwater.

The 73ft (22m) Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) 219 was built in Portsmouth in 1941 to defend Britain from the threat of a German invasion.

It has been floated in the docks as part of the next stage in its restoration.

Paul Childs, the man responsible for the work being carried out on it, said it had been a "privilege".

"Stage one was getting it out at Tilbury Docks [in London]. We towed it under Tower Bridge from Chelsea," the enthusiast added.

"This is stage two. Then we go to stage three and hopefully, when she's finished, she's going to join another vessel that we've got."

Mr Childs said the project had cost him £30,000 so far and he needed to raise an additional £30,000 to finish it.

MTB 219 in service circa 1941

The MTB 219 was involved in attempts to intercept the Scharnhorst, Gneisneau and Prinz Eugen, known as the Channel Dash, in 1942.

She also rescued a number of aircrew from downed Fairey Swordfish bomber aircraft and helped sink two German destroyers.

Mr Childs said the vessel had been used as a houseboat for 50 years in Chelsea. Her hull was condemned in 2012 and her owner gifted the vessel to Mr Childs in August 2013.

"We're going to put a wreath on the front, which has been donated," Mr Childs added.

"Just to commemorate the guys that actually died on this vessel whilst in service, and the hundreds that died elsewhere in the [campaign]."

Mr Childs said stage two of the restoration in Bridgwater was likely to take a year, but the vessel could stay in the town for longer.

During that time he hopes to host opens days and encourage volunteers to lend a hand with painting and maintenance.

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Weston-super-Mare RNLI identify potential new site for a permanent lifeboat station...


 The RNLI has announced plans to apply for planning permission to build a new, permanent lifeboat station at Madeira Cove. The charity has been working closely with North Somerset Council (NSC) on initial proposals and will begin work on a planning application to be submitted later this year.



A new security initiative announced by the British Marine Federation (BMF) and security experts Datatag is aiming to tackle the growing number of marine outboard thefts.

The two companies have come together to launch a new scheme called COMPASS; the Combined Official Marine Property and Security System.

Using state of the art technology supplied by Datatag, COMPASS will use a raft of sophisticated methods to ensure that police or prospective owners can determine an outboard's true identity easily.

The COMPASS scheme will work by installing Datatag's layered security technologies to an outboard, giving it a unique fingerprint that can be detected by the police or the insurance industry.

The BMF and Datatag say that this unique identity is "virtually impossible to remove" and authorities will be able to discover an outboard's identity from the tamper evident warning label, the almost invisible UV etching, the microscopic Datadot's or the electronic tamper proof unique and covert transponders.

BMF CEO Howard Pridding said: "Theft in any market is always difficult, not only for customers but also for the market itself. By launching COMPASS we hope to raise awareness of the issues of theft and promote the positive steps we are taking to combat it.

"We are confident that using Datatag's unique layered technological approach will result in a significant drop in marine theft."

Police are already equipped with the scanners necessary to conduct a dock or roadside check and can contact the Datatag call centre at any time.

Datatag managing director Kevin Howells said: "We are very pleased to be able to provide our technologies to the BMF and we are sure that our successes with both the CESAR and Master Schemes can be replicated in the marine market with the COMPASS initiative.

"Theft is a blight in which we can make a big dent and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with the BMF."


Volunteer Awards nominations are now open. Please ensure that any nominations you wish to make for individuals involved in your Regions are with us by the 27th April.  Each year we present RYA Awards in recognition of the contribution individuals have made either at a Regional or National level and we welcome nominations from each of the Regions and Home Countries.  Please note that Regional Awards are limited to one per Region in each year.

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