We watched the forecast with some foreboding last week. The lead up to our first annual Pirate Pursuit race threatened sporting, even ominous conditions and yet, on Sunday, a gathering of 28 boats braved the elements to head out on the course set by Race Officer Mike Winiberg. An olympic course in front of the Promenade then over to windward- leeward marks nearer the club tested the endurance over the two and a half hour race.
“Wow” is the only way to describe the exhilarating sail for the first ever Penzance Pirate Pursuit today! Report to follow later in the week – but huge congratulations to the competitors, and all the volunteers that enabled the event to run so smoothly in rather challenging conditions! Special thanks to Vice Commodore Colin Stephens for all of his hard work organising the event and also to our sponsors for the fantastic prizes. The winners received Gul vouchers and also prizes from local company Nautigal who also provided many spot prizes for other competitors
The Sailing Club’s annual Prize Giving Ceremony was held on Saturday 29th October. The clubhouse filled well before the scheduled 7.30pm start and the evening began with the traditional slideshow containing the highlights of the previous sailing season. This year it also included footage of the National Championships and clips of Dinghy capsizes throughout the season caught on video.
Unusual post – but I would please like to take a quick opportunity to massively thank everybody at the club for making my newly expanded role as Publicity Officer much, much more pleasurable this year!
NAVTEX is a system of transmitting short text message to vessels at sea.
The transmitters have a range of between 200 and 400 Nm and their transitions are received by dedicated receivers onboard vessels. Most receivers display the messages on a screen which allows you to scroll through the messages.
There are many different NAVTEX networks around the world, in each one there are a number of different stations which are each assigned a letter of the alphabet.
A full list of NAVTEX stations can found on The Weather Window website [Weather Window…]. So that you only receive messages that are relevant to your position, you can set the receiver to disregard messages from any number of stations.
NAVTEX transmissions fall into the following categorizes of message (also assigned a letter):
Search & rescue information, and pirate warnings
Pilot service messages
Other electronic navaid messages
Navigational warnings – additional to A
No message on hand
To simplify the sorting of messages, a receiver can be set to disregard particular messages ie. if you do not have AIS you might choose not to receive messages relating the this.
Receivers should not be able to be set to disregard message types A, B, D and L.
NAVTEX receivers do not transmit and therefore do not need to be included in your radio license.
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