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CA Lobster Pot Campaign

Update 12 September:

CA Lobster pots campaign – the petition is live!

A petition launched by the Cruising Association to make marking of lobster pots safer is again live after it was shut down by the Government until after the General Election.

The CA’s petition obviously hit a nerve with the boating public as not only did the petition receive nearly 6,000 signatures in two weeks but the CA has received hundreds of e-mails from people in the UK and worldwide telling of their experiences. Not only were boats severely damaged – some unrecoverable – but hundreds of lives were put at risk when their boats became entangled in the lobster pot tethers.

Thanks to everyone who has expressed an interest in the CA’s safety campaign which is backed by CA patron, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Yachting Monthly.

If you support the CA’s campaign, please:

It’s time to change the rules for safety’s sake.

Further details are in the CA Newsletter lobster pot special.

 

 


Update from 26 April:

Lobster pot petition entangled in election preparations

We have been told that all petitions on the government website will close at 1am on 3 May because of election purdah. While we will be able to post our petition again following the election, the votes cannot be transferred, so we must begin all over again.

Our campaign for better marking of lobster pots and fishing gear has received an enthusiastic response from sailing folk and the stories are pouring in for our evidence base. We have had a most encouraging reply from the Chief Executive of the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations offering to work with us. The number of signatories as at 26 April stands at 5389. We have clearly struck a chord.

We said we were in this for the long haul, so we will certainly be reposting our petition as quickly as we can. We’ll let you know as soon as it is live and hope you will sign it again and once more encourage friends, family and other contacts to do the same. Watch this space!


Original news from 12 April:

Join our campaign to make lobster pot markers safer for small craft.

Some of you may have read the letter our President, Judith Grimwade, sent to Yachting Monthly on the subject of lobster pots and fishing gear and the way it is marked. They awarded her a prize!

Poorly marked lobster pots and fishing gear are the most difficult and unpredictable hazard facing coastal cruising people.

Fishermen, too, report the loss of expensive gear as a result of entanglements. These encounters could even be life-threatening. In one year alone the RNLI dealt with 295 incidents of fouled propellers. Most CA members say they would try to sort the problem out themselves so this could be a fraction of the actual number. One lifeboat station said 25% of their call-outs were purely from boats caught up in fishing gear.

We think it is time for everybody with an interest to work together to find a solution, particularly one that is cheap and practical for our fishermen. With this aim, the CA hopes to secure a government consultation about the effectiveness of the current guidance and the merits of enforceable regulations for the whole of the UK.

The MCA tells us that the same issue was raised at recent meeting of the UK Safety of Navigation committee. RATS member, John Lansdell and Ian Wilson will attend the next meeting of UKSON in May.

The CA has posted a petition on the No 10 website and hope you will sign it and encourage others to do so. We have the support of our patron, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, and are canvassing other stakeholders and the yachting press.

Please tell your friends and family about our campaign and get them to sign. If you have personal experience of this problem, please let us know. We are keen to build a body of evidence to support the campaign for change. Email: lobsterpots@theca.org.uk

 

Inshore Weather Forecasts and MSI details

As previously publicised by RATS, the MSI VHF Channels are changing on the 6th September.

A list of the new Channel numbers and forecast areas covered for each Coastguard Station are shown in the attached file.

 

Scottish Boat Show Seminar

FREE seminar with lunch and wine at Scottish boat show

October 15, 2017 Kip Marina, Inverclyde PA16 0AW

 

The Cruising Association is running a seminar on the Sunday morning of the Scottish boat show on October 15 and would like to invite you to attend.

It is a very informal event with short talks on such subjects as sailing in the Baltic, sailing around Great Britain including the western isles, insurance tips for boats, health and leaving your house empty while cruising, and about the CA.

 

 

The seminar, held in the PBO pavilion at the show sponsored by Sika – is free but is by invitation only. If you would like to attend, please register at: http://thecaevents.eventbrite.co.uk.

There will be a sandwich lunch with wine after the seminar which runs from 10am to 1pm. Imray, the chart and pilot guide people, will also be there and offering a 20% discount on the day.

Arzal Lock Closures August & September 2017

Due to continued lack of water, closures of the lock into the River Vilaine at Arzal in Southern Brittany will continue through August and September on the following dates (every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday):

  • 22nd August (Tuesday)
  • 23rd August (Wednesday)
  • 24th August (Thursday)
  • 29th August (Tuesday)
  • 30th August (Wednesday)
  • 31st August (Thursday)
  • 5th September (Tuesday)
  • 6th September (Wednesday)
  • 7th September (Thursday)
  • 12th September (Tuesday)
  • 13th September (Wednesday)
  • 14th September (Thursday)
  • 19th September (Tuesday)
  • 20th September (Wednesday)
  • 21st September (Thursday)
  • 26th September (Tuesday)
  • 27th September (Wednesday)
  • 28th September (Thursday)

Lock opening times, in English and French, are on the La Vilaine website. or telephone 09 69 32 97. There is a waiting pontoon downstream of the lock with access ashore, but no water or power.

 

Coastguard MSI Broadcasts on VHF – Channel Changes

With effect from 1000 on 6 September 2017 the MSI broadcasts, which include the weather forecast, will be on VHF channels 62, 63, and 64. Details will be given in the initial broadcast on VHF channel 16. Channels 23, 84, and 86 will no longer be used, however existing use of VHF channel 10 will not be changed.

 

Win £3000-worth of rigging from Sta-Lok

A complete set of standing rigging for a boat up to 12m is the latest competition for CA members which we will be launching at the Southampton Boat Show. The prize, worth up to £3,000, is courtesy of Sta-Lok – who produce the Rolls-Royce version of rigging fittings. Sta-Lok has a worldwide network of riggers so wherever your boat is, you can find a local rigger. The prize is a set of rigging but the winner will need to pay for fitting.

The competition is open to members only who either fill in an entry form at any CA event or boat show or send in a photograph of their boat flying the CA burgee. The competition will run through to January and the winner will be chosen during the London boat show which runs from January 10 -14.

Southampton Boat Show 2017

 

The CA will have its usual presence at the Southampton Boat Show from September 15 to 24. Find us next to Raymarine and Garmin in Ocean Hall (on stand J419).

Following the success of our hospitality evening last year, we will again be holding an evening reception on Wednesday, September 20 at the MDL lounge overlooking the marina. Please join us for a glass of wine and some nibbles. A convivial environment in which to catch up with members and for non-members to find out more about what makes CA membership so appealing to nearly 6,000 cruising boaters worldwide.

 

SBS2017 discount ticket offer

CA Member Discounted Ticket Offer - Buy one get one free

Buy between 1 and 5 tickets at £12.00 each – and get a FREE ticket with each purchased ticket.

WEBSITE BOOKING: www.southamptonboatshow.com.

Promotional Code: JG1

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Tickets are valid ANY DAY including Preview Day on Friday September 15.
  • Tickets can be ordered up to midday on the final day of the show, Sunday September 24.
  • Youngsters 15 years or under go free (up to two per accompanying adult) provided tickets for them are requested when ordering adult tickets.
  • A single transaction fee of £1.95 applies whether ordering one or more tickets.
  • Tickets are only available as ‘Print at Home’ via the Southampton Boat Show website.

WEBSITE BOOKING PROCEDURE

  • Click on BUY TICKETS at top/right of homepage: www.southamptonboatshow.com.
  • Click on BUY NOW in the boxed-out section..... ‘Entry Tickets Only / Any Day flexible tickets’.
  • Enter and submit Promotional Code JG1. This will bring up the ticket ordering sequence which is straightforward to follow.
  • You may be asked to select the day you expect to visit. This is merely to help the organiser predict visitor numbers for logistical purposes. The tickets you receive will be valid for ANY single day including Preview Day.

John Goode will be on the Time Inc (Yachting Monthly, PBO, Yachting World, etc) between 1300 & 1400 on Thursday September 21 to offer a warm welcome and free drinks (courtesy of National Boat Shows) to CA members.

 

Win £3000-worth of rigging from Sta-Lok - Prize draw for CA Members only

A complete set of standing rigging for a boat up to 12m is the latest competition for CA members which we will be launching at the Southampton boat show. The prize, worth up to £3,000, is courtesy of Sta-Lok – who produce the Rolls Royce version of rigging fittings. Sta-Lok has a worldwide network of riggers so wherever your boat is, you can find a local rigger. The prize is a set of rigging but the winner will need to pay for fitting.

The competition is open to members only who either fill in an entry form at any CA event or boat show or send in a photograph of their boat flying the CA burgee. The competition will run through to January and the winner will be chosen during the London boat show which runs from January 10 -14.

Red Diesel Use in Belgium

UPDATE: 28/07/2017 - CA wins change of heart from Belgian government

The Belgian Ambassador to the UK has told the CA that Belgium will not fine boats found to be carrying red diesel, from now until the issue has been discussed by the EU Committee on Excise Duty on September 18.

The CA had received reports that yachts visiting Belgium were:

  • tested for red diesel in tanks and fined €500 if any traces were found, even if receipts were provided
  • inspected for paperwork, including Schengen crew lists.

As a result, RATS (the Regulations and Technical Services Group) wrote to the Belgian Ambassador in London and Belgian Customs in Brussels to ask for an explanation for their change of conduct. Our contact in Nieuwpoort could give RATS no explanation of the sudden Customs action but now confirm that RATS advice, agreed with them three years ago, will now be honoured.

The CA now recommends that any members planning to visit Belgian ports carry receipts for all diesel purchased in the past two years, which should have tax paid on 100% of the engine fuel. They should also carry a Schengen crew list, and if possible a print-out of the full text of the email from the Belgian Ambassador in the attachment below. Our advice, in the attachment below, will be revised if necessary after September 18.

 

UPDATE: 06/07/2017 - RATS new advice to members - not to call into Belgian ports

RATS has heard of other yachts being fined as well as our CA Members informing us about their friend's plight. These friends have now told RATS in detail of their traumatic experience with the Belgian officials.

We have spoken again with our Belgian marina contact who can offer no reason for, nor why no warning has been given about the non-observance of the agreed 'understanding' of their position over UK yachts with red engine diesel.

The sudden change this year of their conduct and apparent random heavy fining for vessels having even residual traces of red diesel engine fuel, together with no guarantee of the Belgian officials adhering to the original RATS advice note, is unhelpful.

All of this has made RATS review the situation again. They have concluded that they must now raise their level of advice to Members not to call into Belgian ports.

In the meantime RATS will continue to monitor the position and post any further advice.

If Members have comments on, information or details about the Belgian actions, RATS will be pleased to hear from them and thanks them in advance.

Please see the updated document attached below for further information and advice from RATS on the use of red diesel when in EU waters.

 

Original posting 29/06/2017

RATS has just heard that a yacht, which had re-fuelled with white diesel, was in Nieuwpoort on passage back to the UK. It has been fined 500 Euros by Belgian officials for having traces of red diesel in the engine tank.

As the understanding for these last two years with Belgium, as outlined in the 'RATS advice, on red UK diesel' can no longer be relied upon, RATS is now suggesting to Members and other sailors that they may consider not sailing to Belgium.

If any advice is received that the original understanding is upheld of how the Belgian officials treat visiting UK vessels, RATS will publish an update to this note.

See the attached document for further information and advice from RATS.

 

 

Arzal Lock Closures August 2017

Further to the notice here of closures of the lock into the River Vilaine at Arzal in Southern Brittany during July, the lock will also be closed, apparently due to lack of water, during the following dates in August:

  • 1st (Tuesday)
  • 2nd (Wednesday)
  • 8th (Tuesday)
  • 9th (Wednesday)
  • 16th (Wednesday)
  • 17th (Thursday)
  • 22nd (Tuesday)
  • 23rd (Wednesday)
  • 24th (Thursday)
  • 29th (Tuesday)
  • 30th (Wednesday)

Lock opening times, in English and French, are on the La Vilaine website here. or telephone 09 69 32 97. There is a waiting pontoon downstream of the lock with access ashore, but no water or power.

 

Arzal Lock Closures July 2017

The lock into the River Vilaine at Arzal in Southern Brittany will not operate on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout July (2017) because of low water levels. Lock opening times, in English and French, are on the La Vilaine website here. or telephone 09 69 32 97. There is a waiting pontoon downstream of the lock with access ashore, but no water or power.