New HPO Bermuda
I have today appointed two new HPOs:
SINGAPORE & S.E. REGION - Daniel Whittington, LSC member
Daniel has had 7 years of refitting one yacht and is about to embark on another. He can provide loads of advice on berthing in the region and achorages around the Riau Archipelagho and Tioman group.
So if you are visiting or holidaying in Singapore, do get in touch.
CALEDONIAN CANAL - Michael Salters, LSC member
Michael has a swinging mooring on the Caledonian Canal at the south end of Loch Ness near Fort Augustus - please remember to make advance contact.
He also has another mooring on the canal which is not really 'tansferable' but should it be vacant it can be used for a 'transit stop'. Again advance contact is necessary.
PLEASE NOTE - Entrance to RIVER DEBEN, SUFFOLK changing - Jan 2017
Pick up OFFING BUOY and then BAR BUOY (shingle banks are often on the move). There has been a fairly dramatic move of the N. shoal which has moved towards the Felixstowe shore. Channel takes craft fairly close up towards steep-to shore line which needs careful pilotage coming IN/OUT but with good depth. Can alter with frequent storms.
Once passed this narrow section local buoyage is little changed. Bear in mind tides run fairly fast (wind over tide) not normally a wise time to experiment.
Foot passenger ferry runs daily twixt Bawdsey Quay and Quay by Felixstowe Ferry Boatyard.
Sent by Tony Ratcliffe OBE, HPO River Deben
This year ALL information regarding the Honorary Port Officers - Journal page, in-house database and mailing list, online interactive map and the maps up in the Club house - everything is up to date.for Club members online.
With Judy's magnificent assistance we have finally managed to complete all relevant information and start this year with a clean slate, until I hear from someone.
Hotel in Fethiye, Turkey
LORD MAYORS SHOW. SATURDAY 12TH NOVEMBER 2016
Motorboating in Mallorca
HPO Cape Town
Above: Leaving Korcula
Well, I said on my last blog we were hoping for more wind. And that is just what we got! By popular request ( in fact our Corinthian friends) it was agreed we should do an informal race - no handicaps, plus the new Little Ship rule developed in the Channel Islands cruise for racing in no wind (switch on the engine!...). So we set off beating Eastwards in light airs . Seven or eight long tacks later at around 2knots we had just got round the point, to find the wind had backed round to the south west and died, as we set off south westwards to Lastovo. So the rule (and engine) was engaged! We arrived last, but were adjudged the winners as the boat that must have sailed longest!
It wasn’t possible to be part of the Croatia Rally unfortunately because of the need to be in Cambridge where my wife, Carol has been selected to exhibit at The Cambridge Printmakers while it is on. The next best thing was to have a charter holiday the week before. Although the Bora tried to spoil it, it ended in fine style as The Commodore was arriving under spinnaker in the Spirit of Osprey in Trogir. He was being joined by others in the flotilla as we were packing up in the neighbouring Marina.
We had chosen to sail north in an Allures 45 which is an interesting boat with aluminium hull and swinging keel as well as the refinements of bow thruster, electric winch and other electronic gismos. Below is a picture of us in Maslinica, a delightful harbour about 10 NM from the even more fascinating Trogir.