Archive for January, 2014

DSC Radios and Mayday calls

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

An accident report recently published by the MAIB revealed that the skipper of the striken vessel had sent an incomplete Mayday message before abandoning his vessel.

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The skipper realised that the Coastguard had misheard but mistakenly beleived that the MOB Guardian system would immediately issue an alert.

Although the vessel’s DSC enabled VHF radio and the MOB Guardian system both had distress call buttons capable of immediately transmitting vessel details and position, neither was used to send out a “Mayday” call.  The “Mayday” call transmitted by the skipper over VHF channel 16 was incomplete, led to confusion and resulted in the rescue efforts being delayed by more than 45 minutes. 

The MAIB have published a safety flyer that provides a summary of what happened and the lessons that we can all learn from this accident.

Report on the Christmas ‘Jolly’ – December 2013

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

The Christmas ‘Jolly’ event took place in weather conditions that you would never believe possible in December—particularly given the gale condition earlier in the week.  The writer wore gloves for less than five minutes over the whole weekend!

Following a social get together in The Ketch Rigger on the Friday evening, three yachts set sail in sunshine with a good wind on Saturday. We followed a competitive course that kept us busy with lots of tacks and gybes, whilst at the same time trying to solve a 25 question quiz based on pounds, shillings and pence, together with some Cockney rhyming slang. We finished at Cowes mid-afternoon. Congratulations to Mike Griffiths, Hazall Bagnall, Roy Demery, Andrew Hemphrey, Roy Cullers, Allan Goodfellow and Chris Webber on Loxley B who crossed the finish first. We motored up the Medina and moored at The Folly Inn in time to see the sunset, finish off the quiz and meet up with Alan and Lynne Franklin who had sailed up earlier, ready to join us for the evening celebrations.

The Tenacious Buchaneers, (Brendan Hanvey, Derek Underwood, Roy Evans, Steve Hamilton and David Bartlett), didn’t get the quiz until they moored at The Folly, but their wisdom shone through and they completed it in record time.

There were twenty one of us eating the meal at The Folly in the evening. The quality and quantity of the food was excellent, as indeed was the company and it was great to meet up with so many old friends. When it got to the stage where the other tables were being used as dance floors, we made our excuses and slipped back to our yachts for a nightcap.

We woke up to another perfect day for sailing and sailed round to Osborne Bay, where we anchored for lunch before returning in stronger winds to the Hamble.

Mick C