Watchkeeper Ken Burton asked us to share this on the blog, a very worthwhile cause..
A H-U-G-E thank you to Southampton Port Pilot Mark Bray who gave watchkeepers from NCI Calshot and NCI Gosport a fascinating talk about the work of pilots in Southampton Water and approaches, and also to Nita from the Ordnance Survey Business Centre team who stayed late to check everybody in and look after us.. bless!
The NCI Stand at Hythe Marina during the Southampton Sailing Week event on Sunday, 28th May 2017. This was at the start of the event and there were not many people about; there seemed to be more arriving when I left for the afternoon watch at Calshot Tower, but I later heard that it stayed quiet and a violent rain storm brought an early end to the event. The Calshot lifeboat was there and, during the morning, had to go to the rescue one of the small hovercraft which had launched from the Marina slipway!
Good to see Yachting Monthly recommending you call your nearest NCI station on Channel 65 for a radio check rather than clogging up channel 16,
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Seen from the Tower on Sunday (23rd April) the heavy load carrier Rolldock Sky was, amongst other cargo, bringing home the yacht Maiden. In 1989 Tracy Edwards MBE sailed Maiden with the first all-female crew to compete in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. In recent years the yacht was found in disrepair in the Seychelles and Tracy Edwards has worked tirelessly to have Maiden returned to the UK and prepared for a global campaign to promote girls’ education (see BBC News).
Our posh new banner seen from the top of the Castle!
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“I am attaching details of a meeting on the future of navigation to be held at Warsash Maritime Academy on Thurs 27th April 17.
Members of local NCI stations will be most welcome. It FOC and prior booking is not reqd.
Mike Highwood – RIN Solent Branch Sec”