New in­shore wa­ters fore­cast ser­vice

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The Na­tional Coast­watch In­sti­tu­tion (NCI) has been test­ing a new ser­vice for yachts­men. It is of­fer­ing a re­peat of the in­shore wa­ters fore­cast and per­form­ing ra­dio checks when con­tacted via VHF ra­dio, re­liev­ing the Coast­guard of some rou­tine traf­fic. The six-month trial, in con­junc­tion with HM Coast­guard, is cur­rently un­der re­view.

Head of mar­itime op­er­a­tions at the Mar­itime and Coast­guard Agency, Julie-anne Wood, said the NCI ‘bring very wel­come eyes and ears’ in sup­port of its search and res­cue ac­tiv­i­ties. ‘As a sup­ple­ment to the ser­vice HM Coast­guard pro­vides, the NCI have as­sisted with ra­dio checks and in­shore weather fore­casts on VHF Chan­nel 65 when re­quested by mariners, only when mariners have not been able to raise HM Coast­guard.’

The trial does not re­place the Coast­guards three-hourly MSI trans­mis­sions.

Tim Colquhoun of the NCI in­vited sailors to make better use of their ser­vices. ‘We watch yachts from the coastal sta­tions and re­port in­ci­dents di­rectly to the Coast­guard,’ he said.

Sailors can use the NCI’S VHF Chan­nel 65 for ra­dio checks

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