There is one great snag that occurs in the sailing of ships – they always come off second-best where striking rocks is concerned! One can only imagine the horror at the crashing, grinding, tearing sound of planking or plating being torn asunder by the momentum of the ship against the rock (or for those unlucky souls aboard the Titanic it was the iceberg).
If you have spent much time on or around the water you will be familiar with the name ‘Hurley’; indeed many people are likely to recognise the classic Hurley designs as familiar objects, as they are so ubiquitous around the coasts of Britain.
All mariners have one thing in common – they owe a debt for their safety to an organisation based in London but which reaches out around the UK and Northern Europe, and whose example gives guidance to maritime authorities around the globe.
It probably depends on the size of your vessel and whether you are in busy coastal waters or are out in the solitude of the blue, but keeping watch at sea might be described as 98% utter tedium interrupted by moments of sheer terror!
If you are berthing at King Point Marina in Plymouth’s fast-evolving Millbay Quarter, you may well like to know about a great new café situated close by, just down from the Duke of Cornwall Hotel and opposite the Plymouth Pavilions on Millbay Road.
RYA Active Marina are delighted to be joining forces with rally experts World Cruising Club and Practical Boat owner magazine to offer both novice and experienced sail cruisers the chance to join the first-ever ARC Channel Islands in August 2016.
Plenty of boat owners venture afloat with their furry friends, but there are plenty of considerations to be made before they do so. So if you are new to being a pet owner - or even new to a life on the ocean wave, then here is some advice we have pulled together to aid you in your adventures.
Drowning Prevention Week is the national campaign of the Royal Life Saving Society UK (the UK’s drowning prevention charity), which aims to cut down the number of drowning incidents in the UK by promoting water safety on mass. It also aims to raise money for the RLSS UK’s drowning prevention projects and to support families who have been affected by drowning or near drowning.
The Mayflower sped across the white-tipped waves once the voyage was under way, and the passengers were quickly afflicted with seasickness. The crew took great delight in the sufferings of the landlubbers and tormented them mercilessly. One laughed that he hoped to 'throw half of them overboard before they came to their journey's end.
June the 1st to 8th is National Volunteer’s Week, an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It is used to showcase different volunteering roles on offer, to volunteer recruitment events, launching new volunteering campaigns and to highlight events take place throughout the country.
We were delighted when it was announced in the press that, in addition to The Dock, two more restaurants will be opening up near #KingPointMarina ensuring that it is one of THE places to go in the city.
In 1674 an anonymous pamphlet called The Women’s Petition Against Coffee warned that coffee led menfolk ‘to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking, nauseous, puddle water’.