Coast Watch Royal Patronage
● In mid-August Watchkeepers and supporters were proud to hear that “The Princess Royal will be delighted to accept Royal Patronage of the National Coast Watch Institution.” This recognition of their contribution to ensuring safety around the UK’s coastline, as part of the Search and Rescue Organisation, is a great encouragement to our volunteer Watchkeepers. As “Eyes Along The Coast” they, daily, watch out for anyone in trouble from the ex- Coastguard station on the Nefyn & District Golf Club course. The National Coastwatch Institution has 52 look out stations around the British Isles of which there are now 8 in Wales; and these were featured on ITV ‘Coast & Country’ TV programme on August 18. The Station Manager interviewed on TV stressed that anyone, whatever their background, can volunteer to train as a Watchkeeper. The bulk of this training is given by sharing watches with experienced Watchkeepers. There are also short training courses on specific subjects. Porthdinllaen Station’s most recent, and spectacular, training course involved a ‘rib ride’ through the Menai Strait to learn about the significance of the buoys and other navigational aids in the area. Those who took part appreciated the need for the waterproofs handed out before their trip! We are always on the lookout for new volunteers (most Watchkeepers do 2 or 3 watches per month), so if you are interested please visit the NC I website for further details.