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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.

Crewsaver launches the #LifejacketSafe challenge

As part of its #LifejacketSafe campaign, Crewsaver has announced the launch of the #LifejacketSafe challenge, a quiz style challenge with thought-provoking questions highlighting lifejacket dos and don’ts. Not only could the advice learnt in the challenge save your life but also, by taking the challenge, you will be automatically entered into the prize draw to win the ultimate lifejacket package!

New Croatian tax hits boat owners

Cruising yachtsmen who keep their boats in Croatia are facing an enormous tax increase following new regulations brought out by the Croatian government.

And it is feared hundreds, if not thousands of boat owners, will leave Croatia rather than pay the increase, which could amount to more than 400%.

The so-called sojourn tax was reported in the Croatian Official Gazette last month following adoption by the government and lists the following scale of payments:

Arzal Lock Closures October 2017

The lock into the River Vilaine at Arzal in Southern Brittany will be closed for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the first two weeks in October.

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.

Red Diesel Use in Belgium

UPDATE: 29/09/2017 - Cruising Association welcomes further assurance from the Belgian Embassy

The Embassy of Belgium in London today confirmed, to the Cruising Association, that ‘the policy of tolerance regarding red diesel in UK flagged yachts visiting Belgium will be maintained until further notice. Any change to this policy will be communicated in due time’.

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.

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):

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.