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Largs Regatta Week - Cumbraes Weekend 26/27 August 2017

A miserable start to the Weekend was soon forgotten, as the heavy rain moved away on Friday evening, and the annoying drizzle of early Saturday gave way to sunny conditions with a light breeze for the competitiors on Saturday. 

The light breeze, shifting through 90deg at times, gave PRO Pete Wright a few headaches for the first two races, followed by a mark laying rib breaking down just after the second rib was dispatched to finish the Cruiser Class on the far side of Cumbrae, just as the course for the third race was being set up. The third race was allowed to run, but the backing shift in the wind resulted in a bit of a procession with no means of moving the marks.

Sunday provided much better wind conditions, with a fresh southerly allowing a brisk start for the fleet around the Cumbraes. The RC 35 class enjoyed close racing on a separate windward/leeward course, with a tough physical workout for all the crews.

Full results are available on the Largs Regatta Week website www.largsregattaweek.co.uk

Great to see so many of our younger Members at Wreck Bay on 1st and 2nd July

Despite a damp evening, the muster ashore was well attended, and at least the cool breeze kept the midges at bay as the crowd enjoyed their BBQs.

The annual Duck Race was also fully subscribed, with over one hundred pounds being collected for the RNLI

VHF Channel changes coming soon 

July 25, 2017

VHF Channel changes from 6 September 2017.

The VHF channels HM Coastguard uses to broadcast Maritime Safety Information (MSI) and conduct radio medical advice are changing.

From mid-morning on Wednesday 6 September 2017 the Coastguard will no longer broadcast on VHF 23, 84 and 86.

It will instead use VHF 62, 63 and 64. The use of VHF Channel 10 for MSI and pollution control (back up) is unchanged.

It will also be possible to consult information in advance on which aerial will broadcast on which channel. Final testing of the new regime is currently being completed, but the information detailing which aerial will broadcast on which channel will be published at www.rya.org.uk/go/msi-channels as soon as it is released by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency which is expected to be early/mid- August. 

If you’re out on the water and don’t know which channel to listen to, MSI broadcasts will continue to be announced by the Coastguard on Channel 16. This announcement enables the mariner to establish which channel to monitor to receive the broadcast.

Following feedback from members that they have had problems receiving the Coastguard’s MSI transmissions, the RYA met with the Coastguard to discuss the issues. As a result of that meeting, the RYA will be gathering data on issues with MSI broadcasts and an online reporting form has been developed. 

By collecting the information through this form we can ensure that reports include all the information the Coastguard needs to look into future issues. 

MSI VHF Feedback Form

If you have experienced problems receiving the UK Coastguard MSI VHF weather broadcast, please use this new online form to report your experiences to the RYA. The form is available on the RYA website at www.rya.org.uk/go/msi-vhf-feedback

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