The following will be known to those sailing in the area and I apologise for the delay in issuing this note.
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the UK Met Office have announced a change to the Inshore Waters Forecasts that are broadcast on VHF radio by Stornoway and Clyde Coastguard during their Maritime Safety Information (MSI) broadcasts.
This is a result of consultation between the MCA, UK Met Office and the Western Isles Fishermans Association to cope with the differences in the weather conditions between the Atlantic coast of the Western Isles and the Minch, Little Minch & Sea of the Hebrides which is covered by the Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath, including the Outer Hebrides forecast.
The description of these two new areas are as follows:
1. Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath, excluding the Minch
2. The Minch, from South Uist and Rum in the south to Butt of Lewis and Lochinver in the north (These areas are indicated on the attached chart of the area.)
These new forecasts are only available from Stornoway or Clyde Coastguard on VHF radio or by telephone. Clyde Coastguard only broadcast the Minch forecast (2) in their MSI broadcasts. For the time being, the original Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath forecast will still be available from the Met Office website and via NAVTEX.
In time, it is hoped that the new areas will be used in all Inshore waters forecasts broadcast by the BBC and on NAVTEX 490 kHz.