NCI Watches: Jan – Jun 2018
This is a summary record of my NCI watch keeping periods and other NCI activities during January to June 2018 kept for my own records.
1st April: the Yarmouth Lifeboat returning after escorting a damaged yacht to the Hamble. The yacht had holed its bows in collision with the East Lepe buoy and was towed back stern first by the Hamble Lifeboat with Yarmouth in attendance. Meanwhile a parade of yachts celebrating the centenary of the RAF (from the RAF Yacht Club?) passed the Tower and made their way back to the Hamble.
22nd April: 18ft skiffs returning to Calshot after racing – one capsized during the tricky manoeuvre of coming into land! The survey/research vessel Edda Fonn operated by the Norwegian “Reach Subsea” inbound. A Swedish racing yacht with spinnaker set, and a fishing vessel near Solent Breezes.
10th June: A yacht with a very high mast outbound; and a Wayfarer about to land, the previous day a fleet of Wayfarers had sailed around the Isle of Wight. Also a patch of foam! The photos show that wakes were leaving foam trails, presumably following a plankton bloom during the hot weather.
|123||11-14||560, 380||380 (still training) acted as Watch Leader while I supervised|
|124||11-14||440, 560||Ultimate 20 racing yacht capsized [diary entry]|
|126||11-14||530, 560||copied photos from the Tower camera, grey day!|
|–||–||–||met RS before 1400 watch to get photos from camera; ended up going up Tower to explain camera settings|
|129||11-14||440,560,500||440 instructing 500|
|130||11-14||560, 640||fishing boat trawling close inshore.|
|131||11-14||560,700,430||As I arrived two Fisheries Officers were entering the Tower and I went up to the ops. room to chat with them. Then (to my surprise) was given annual assessment .|
|133||12-16||700,560||(photo of a racing yacht passing the Tower)|
|134||12-16||130,610||middle watch on Good Friday|
|135||12-16||560||(click for comment)|
|136||08-12||290||needed a watchkeeper for first shift on a Friday so decided to step in|
|137||12-16||540,640,430||drizzle, quiet, instruction for 430, fishermen protesting off South Sea|
|138||12-16||560||grey, rain, RNLI exercise on previous watch, BC23 53, and wayfarers [diary entry]|
|–||–||–||Incidents with VHF trial training course|
|139||12-16||275,560||18′ skiff capsizes during landing; survey ship Edda Fonn (click for comment)|
|140||12-16||220,640||“Prolific” both outbound and inbound. “Inspiration” (SU10) looking very smart. A UASC Container ship the “Al Nefud” and the RV “Callista”|
|142||12-16||560,565||The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin inbound and a low tide?|
|143||12-16||560||A smart cruising yacht, an 18′ skiff, and a new? junk rigged yacht.|
|145||12-16||560||A photo of BC23 sail number 53|
|146||08-12||155||1st watch on Friday morning|
|147||12-16||560||A tall masted yacht, Round the Island Wayfarer, and foam on the water! (click for comment)|
|148||08-12||205,330||1st watch on Friday morning, Blade Runner Two, Jolie Brise, and the new “junk”!|
|149||12-16||530||Offshore Model Racing Association at Calshot [diary entry] and the City of St Petersberg – a “shapely” car carrier!|
|150||12-16||410,272||Middle watch on Saturday. Thundercat racing and a YM Senior [diary entry] . Also an “Oppie” regatta at Warsash and coaching Oppies at Calshot – 97 oppies counted!|
|151||12-16||530||Quiet watch except at end when cat with twisted spinnaker, and a pan-pan from someone possibly in the water!|
|152||08-12||440,115||1st watch on a Friday! A rather unusual “square rigger” and Seafin outbound from the Hamble|