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Click here to see more about... Watchet's Architectural Plans revealed...

east quay

Two new schemes that aim to bring economic and social regeneration to West Somerset have been unveiled by Onion Collective CIC, the team working on community-led regeneration in Watchet.

The architectural designs have been created by architect, lecturer and broadcaster Piers Taylor from Invisible Studio, presenting a vision of renewed industry and activity for the East Quay, and Louise Crossman Architects who have designed an extension to the historic Boat Museum. Both schemes will be presented by the architects at an open meeting on Thursday 20 November, 7.30pm at the Pheonix Centre.

The East Quay scheme sits alongside the current dry dock area operated by Watchet Harbour Marina, and seeks to complement current marina activities.

Where in the Bristol Channel is this? answers to please...

The Severn Area rescue Association (SARA) has established a Rescue Equipment Hub within the Newport city area. The specially modified twenty-foot shipping container houses a selection of specialist equipment for Lifeboat, Swift Water or Flood emergencies and incidents on the Rivers Usk, Ebbw and Afon Llwyd.

The D-Class lifeboat, called SARA-14, is a held at the Newport base along with ropes, stretchers and survival blankets.

The D-Class lifeboat “SARA-14”, a customised rescue Landrover and other specialist equipment such as ropes, technical hardware, stretchers, casualty recovery devices, protective clothing, scene lighting etc. is housed in the Dark Blue container which was kindly donated by General Dynamics UK Ltd who have an electronics division based at Oakdale Business Park, Blackwood.

During the Winter and Spring the container underwent considerable modifications and customisation, mostly carried out by volunteers from SARA’s Chepstow station with help from a community team from Siemens Water Technologies, Portskewett . It is now installed within the secure grounds of Celtic Recycling Ltd., a specialist electrical plant recycling and recovery facility. The site is manned 24 hours a day providing security and rapid access for rescue crew responding to emergencies within the Newport/Gwent area.

RYA Cymru-Wales takes the helm...

Search for the Next Paralympic Sailors!

New name for the Welsh Yachting Association

One of the most successful sports governing bodies in Wales has got a new name and look – just after celebrating their 50th birthday.

RYA Cymru-Wales is the new name for the Welsh Yachting Association, the body which has been the Royal Yachting Association's Council for Wales, recognised by the Welsh Government and Sport Wales, for more than half a century.

BCYA Blue Book Cruiser Challenge 2014

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The BCYA Blue Book Cruiser Challenge (BBCC) 2014 will be awarded at the BCYA AGM to be held at Barry YC on 18th January 2015. The winner will be the one who has collected the most points by visiting places and clubs featured in the BCYA Blue Book. Bonus points are awarded to those who have attended 'special' events such as the BCYA rallies, BCYA club regattas, The PCC Holms Race, and the IYC Round Lundy Race. Extra bonus points are awarded for being placed in special races. Full details are on the BCYA website at:

Entries for the Challenge will be accepted up to 2nd December 2014 by email to


Dave Cushing - BCYA Sailing Secretary

Click here to see more about... Tidal Energy Ltd. says the 12-month deal with EDF will allow it to test the viability of its technology in Ramsey Sound...

View of Ramsey Sound, Pembrokeshire, Wales

It is particularly relevant to number (which is not limited) and type of containers which can be filled at a Service Station. Also quantities that can be stored and notification to Petroleum Enforcing Authority over 30 litres and under 275 litres. This is very relevant to those with petrol outboards and club safety boats bulk storage.

National Coastwatch have been allocated a new dedicated nationwide VHF radio channel (65) which is due to go live at all 50+ NCI Stations in England & Wales on 1st Oct.



Click here to see more about... RYA Club Development Workshops...

At the RYA and within the RYA Regional Teams, we are looking at how we can support you with best practice and advice. During the winter period we will be delivering a series of sequential Winter Workshops across England. These workshops will benefit Clubs, Training Centres and Sailability Foundation sites and will focus on ‘Reviewing and Planning’ and ‘Resourcing and Funding’ and will offer you the opportunity to hear about how others have succeeded and allow you to share ideas.If you missed out on any of the workshops from last year, there will also be a chance to attend a summary workshop, to ensure that you are all ‘Up to Speed’, and ready for this year’s programme.

The list of available workshops across the regions is posted below.

Eastern Region
Midlands Region
North East and Yorkshire Region
North West Region
South and South East
South West
Thames Valley and London

Click here to see the latest update... Watchet Marina...

Marina faces big bill for gate failure...

Thursday, 11 September 2014...

WATCHET Harbour Marina could be facing a repair bill running into tens of thousands of pounds following a major mechanical failure of the tidal gate. Heavy duty pumps were due to be brought in today (Thursday) to remove the water and allow experts to examine the seven-ton structure, which has been out of action since last Thursday evening. But initial investigations suggest a hinge has sheared off, leaving the gate half up and half down. 
Although the marina is largely closed to visiting vessels, marina staff have put in the stop logs usually used during maintenance work to create a temporary gate. And with extra staff drafted in, this is allowing continued access for the 100 berth holders and, more importantly, the fishing boats that operate out of the marina. Currently the top section of the stop logs is being removed to allow boats to ‘float over’ - a process which is being helped by this week’s high tides. 


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