Belfast Coastguard Station to Close ????
On the 16th December 2010 the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) published a consultation document to modernise HM Coastguard for the 21st century. In the main, this document proposes the reduction of the eighteen Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres (MRCC) down to eight. Of the eight remaining stations, only two will be operating on a 24hr basis to coordinate SAR, one in England and one in Scotland. These two would become known as Maritime Operations Centres (MOC). The remaining six will be called Maritime Rescue Sub-Centres (MRSC) and will work daylight hours only passing full coordination to the MOC during the hours of darkness (The MRSC at Dover would remain 24hrs for Vessel Traffic Monitoring purposes only). Based on this proposal, MRCC Belfast could be at best a daylight only station, or at worst could CLOSE.
How to Help -
The Belfast Coastguard Support Group Website
6th September 2010
We have a lot of new listings at the moment and it's unusual to have so many great cruising sea boats for sale:-
Our favourite boat of the moment is the Najad 331 "Pintail" (Pictured above sailing with Corona one of the Moody s31's also for sale).
She's competitively priced and has such an extensive inventory that she's ready for any long passage. Najad's quality build means that she's designed to last and although small in size, she's fit for serious offshore cruising.
Other new listings worth a mention include:-
2 x Moody s31's - quality build and great accommodation for a 31 footer
Westerly Storm 33- One of Westerly's best sailing cruisers ever
Rival 36 - A lightly used example of this popular Brett Design
Van de Stadt Rebel 41 - built like a tank and ideal for long distance cruising - for sale with complete inventory
Corby 29 - a real race machine and even has a box trailer for all her equipment (available at the end of the 2010 season)
Where have all the Sold Boats Gone ???
I bet you're wondering where the boats Blue Flag have sold have gone to?
Some are still being sailed locally, but others have a more interesting story to tell:-
Nicu - Nicholson 31
Sold from her home base in Ringhaddy, Strangford Lough in July 2009, Nicu was last sighted in Panama! Her new owners, two brothers from Hampshire set off for the Carribbean via the Canaries. There is no doubt that they are having a ball and their website makes interesting reading from beginning to end.
Their adventures can be followed here :-
click here to visit their website
Photo right - Nicu in her old home - Ringhaddy Sound
Ashlin- Contessa 32
Owned and sailed to Northern Ireland by Declan Mackell from Canada who circumnavigated in his previous Contessa 32 "Sean-ois".
"Ashlin" is a very special boat with a number of modifications from standard including a slighly taller mast and an altered interior finish - some more information on the Contessa 32's (both UK and Canadian Built) may be found
Ashlin is now with her new owner in Skye, Scotland and the photo shows her sailing to windward under the Skye Bridge on her delivery trip from Donaghadee to her new home.
Daydream - Elan Impression 344
"Daydream" was based at Whiterock in Strangford Lough before being purchased by a Finnish client who sailed her home in June 2010.
They had a fantastic trip home via some well known Scottish Distilleries and the Caledonian Canal.
Photo of a North Sea Rig taken by the crew.