Maiden returns to the UK


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).

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New Banner – different perspective


Our posh new banner seen from the top of the Castle!

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New banner now fixed. Talk about a higher profile!

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Getting close to the new Tower Banner!


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Future of Navigation meeting – Warsah

“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”

Further information:–



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Calshot watches over Small Boats

DSC08789bCalshot tower was looking down on boats that were even smaller than usual on Saturday when the Solent Radio Control Model Boat Club ( ) held a charity exhibition in aid of the RNLI and NCI Calshot.

…and some familiar faces were spotted keeping watch!

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Why Calshot NCI Exists!

When Watchkeepers saw a sailing dinghy launching into force 6 southwesterly winds on Sunday afternoon (19th March 2017) they immediately rated it as very vulnerable and mounted a continuous watch. Within minutes the dinghy capsized a cable or two northwest of the tower. The two people onboard managed to right the dinghy, only for it to capsize again and again. While the helm swam to the boats bow, the crew became separated from the boat which, on its side was blowing rapidly downwind and away.

This was clearly a very serious situation and the Watchleader immediately phoned HMCG. While the Coast Guard was being informed, a trainee Watchkeeper suggested using the megaphone to try to attract the attention of a rib which was some distance away towards Fawley Power Station. Eventually this action was successful and, in heading towards the capsized dinghy, the rib crew spotted and rescued the isolated crew member from the water, who was brought back to shore.


The rib (left in photo) then proceeded to the casualty which was being blown across the shipping lane. It and another rib, which had responded to a CG “all ships” call on channel 16, stood by the capsized dinghy while the dinghy helm managed to lower its sails and bring it upright. With a Redjet approaching Calshot NCI radioed VTS to warn of the incident which by then was near Reach buoy.

By now the Calshot IRB had been launched and, having quickly arrived on scene, took control of the situation. The casualty was taken in tow and brought it back to Calshot.

After the incident Solent Coastguard phoned Calshot Tower to say that both members of the dinghy crew had survived unharmed and to thank NCI for their help.

A potentially life-threatening situation had come to a satisfactory conclusion and all had happened in not much more than half an hour


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Spring clearout?

One for our boat owning watchkeepers and subscribers.. (and for a very worthwhile local cause too!)

boot sale

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Model Boat Show 25th March

highcliffe_2017_poster_smThe Solent Radio Control Model Boat Club has its sailing waters at Setley Pond, a few miles south of Brockenhurst in the New Forest. This year their annual charity exhibition in Highcliffe will be in aid of NCI Calshot as well as the RNLI.

The model boats range from square-riggers to small dinghies, from Ocean Liners to rowing donkeys (yes I did say that!). Tugs, warships, and fast gunboats are all modelled in superb, authentic detail.

At the exhibition you can view the boats close-up and watch videos of them in action on the pond. Refreshments and an RNLI Gift Stall also will be available.

Entry by charity donation.

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Julian Clegg Breakfast Show


Nice little mention on BBC Radio Solent this morning about listeners favourite views, click the link  below to hear it again

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