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The Greek Cruising Tax is now operational but beset with issues

The long running saga of the Greek Cruising Tax, known as the TEPAI, was due for implementation on 2 April 2019 following the first attempt to introduce it in 2014.

On Thursday May 9th, the Greek Government finally put the Tax into operation.

The Lure of the Sea - Episode Three

Staying safe at sea is always a hot topic and with the boating season underway, now is the perfect time to check your safety equipment. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston shares his thoughts on safety at sea as he chats with Dee Caffari in the third episode of 80 Seconds with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

New HLR function for CAptain’s Mate

Look out for a new version of the exclusive-to-members mobile app CAptain's Mate that is now available and provides CA members with the opportunity to identify local assistance from our worldwide network of Honorary Local Representatives (HLRs). The CA network of HLRs provides an invaluable service in over 400 locations worldwide.

Cruising the English Channel

A one day seminar hosted by the CA’s Suffolk Section featuring yachting journalist, author and broadcaster Tom Cunliffe.

Sailors who don’t keep their boats in the ports of the English Channel, for example those on the East Coast of England, may never even have considered the Channel as offering rich cruising grounds; rather it’s a piece of water that requires crossing to get from A to B.

Chart collection receives a boost with a record-breaking back story

With over 4,500 nautical charts to its name, the CA’s chart collection at CA House, is possibly the largest in the world and provides an abundant passage-planning resource for its members.

AIS checks

Following our piece last month on VHF radio checks, RATS has come across the use of National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) stations to check AIS transmissions. This seems to us to be good practice, certainly at the beginning of the season. A vessel’s AIS transceiver may use the same antenna as the VHF set or a separate one. As with VHF radios the most likely cause of any fault is the antenna or cable or the splitter (if the antenna is shared with VHF).

The CA pays tribute to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

Over the Easter weekend, CA members and staff joined hundreds of well-wishers in Falmouth, Cornwall, as well as many of Britain’s leading sailors, in paying tribute to Sir Robin on the 50th anniversary of the date he made history. At 15.25 on 22nd April 1969, he entered the record books as the first person to sail solo, non-stop, around the world.

An informal lunchtime reception was hosted by the CA and kindly sponsored by MS Amlin for CA members and members of the Little Ship Club at the Chain Locker on Easter Sunday.

Refer a Friend Prize Draw: May 2019

CA member alert: refer a friend to the CA and you could be a winner!

The Lure of the Sea - Episode Two

On the 50th anniversary of Robin’s epic arrival into Falmouth Harbour at the end of the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1969, MS Amlin Yacht share ‘Memorable Moments - Episode 2: 80 Seconds with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’.

In conversation with Dee Caffari, Sir Robin reflects on the key memorable moments of his sailing career to date in the latest episode.

Ocean Safety delivers engaging safety day

Marine safety experts Ocean Safety have recently held another of their successful and highly engaging Safety Days for 50 CA members and staff, at CA House in London. The day was a resounding success for all the attendees who were eager to learn from the specialists.