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Bristol Channel Yachting Association...

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

and promote interclub relationships.


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will inevitably become stale.

Click here to see more about... Hundreds enjoy Penarth's Active Marina...

Hundreds of watersports enthusiasts have taken advantage of the opportunities at Penarth Quays since it joined the Active Marina scheme run by the RYA.

A couple of hundred sailors took part in a fundraising sail day, while Ladies Day was sold out, with a second session taking care of the extra demand, along with a well attended sea safety workshop and plenty of new visitors to the marina.



Tony -- On behalf of the friends of the Cheeki Rafiki crew, thank you so much forsigning this petition and for all the support you have shown. Sadly, the outcome wasn't a happy one, but your support has meant a great deal to us, and having started this petition for my friends, I am so grateful. 

The families have asked me to pass on their comments:

"We would like to say how indebted we are to the public for its overwhelming and unprecedented support. In the end this petition gained 240,000 signatures. That is equivalent to the population of a city the size of Southampton. This has helped quell our distress somewhat, but in particularPaul, Steve, James and Andrew would have been enormously touched to have known that they were in the minds of so many people.

It would have brought them great comfort in their moment of need and could, just could, have made a vital difference in saving their lives had the circumstances only been different."

Our thoughts are of course with all of the crew, their friends and families. In particular, members of last year's Cheeki Rafiki Fastnet crew, including myself, who were due to take part in this year's Round Britain and Ireland race with Andy. We were looking forward to sailing with him again.

In tribute to Andy, we will now be racing to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The RNLI are an amazing UK based charity who save hundreds of lives at sea every year, and are dependent on donations from people like you. If everyone who signed this petition gave us a pound we could fund a new life boat! Anything you can give would help show your respects. Click here to donate.

Thank you once again for your support.


Click here to see more about... Westminster concerns grow over coastguard understaffing...
Click here to see more about... From May 2014, there will be a new warship attraction based at Torquay Harbour.  The floating museum will be home to the beautifully restored military boats HMS Gay Archer, a Fast Patrol Boat launched in 1952, Humorist a Derby Winners Class launched in 1943, and a Sea Plane Tender 437 launched in 1941. Visitors will be able to go on the vessels and enjoy their historic significance.  Watch this space for more info and update coming soon.

HMS Gay Archer

Porthcawl marina CGI render

As much as £7m could be pumped into renovating the Porthcawl seafront, now that the first stages of the project have received government backing.

The South Wales town could see the construction of a new dry dock, a national centre for surfing excellent, and a coastal life education and visitors centre.

Porthcawl Harbourside Community Interest Company sees the initial £38,000 award from the EU-funded South East Wales Community Economic Development programme as a key first step.

This money will allow planners to get started, hiring consultants and proceeding with key business development.

Programme manager Gareth Voyle said: "There can be no doubt that with foundations in Porthcawl's rich and historic heritage, Harbourside can play a significant once-in-a-lifetime role in shaping the town's future."

Planned facilities at Porthcawl include a wide range of watersports training facilities, from waverider machines to training pools, and a viewing platform at the top of the town's south tower.


Click the link to see some vessels you may come across in the Bristol Channel...



 Click the link to see loads more...


I set my phone up just like the man said - and it works Forget 999 you should dial 112 on your mobile (or anyone else’s mobile) for emergencies!

Click here to see more about... The launch of Cardiff Cruises’ new sightseeing boat trips from Penarth Pier...

Penarth Times: PERFECT TIME: Sightseeing trips from Penarth Pier  (6005409)

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Minehead Harbour Fest: Saturday 12th July 2014 12 noon – till late
Minehead Summer Fest: Wednesday 14 August 10.30am to 4pm
Minehead RNLI Blue Anchor to Minehead Raft Race: Sunday 17th August 2014 - 1230

Dear All

The deadline for nominations has now passed but I am contacting you again as it is disappointing to have only received two nominations for RYA Awards from Regions and Home Countries.

 I feel sure that there must be worthy recipients who give of their time for the benefit of our activities, your regions and the RYA who should be recognised for their commitment and efforts over many years.

I would like to offer you one final opportunity to nominate an individual for an award, and have extended the deadline until the 9th May for you to do so.  The Honours and Awards Panel will begin reviewing the nominations from the 12thMay, prior to their meeting in June to decide who will receive an award.

 If your Region/ Home Country have decided not to submit a nomination on this occasion, please can you reply to this message letting me know the reason why, also by the 9th May.

 I look forward to receiving your nominations and hope you all have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend.

 Regards, Jackie  

Young windsurfers on beach  



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