Entries by Douglas Locke

Marine radio distress relay protocol

Marine radio distress relay protocol RYA issues guidance for marine radio users. Following consultation with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Association of Marine Electronic and Radio Colleges (AMERC), the RYA has issued revised guidance regarding the procedure for sending a ‘Distress Relay’. In a relay situation, there is no longer a requirement […]


Queen’s Harbour Master Clyde LNTM NO 18/19 RAVENROCK SECTOR LIGHT EXTINGUISHED – LOCH LONG BA Chart 3746 (Close to Ardentinny) 1. Mariners are advised that Ravenrock point sector light in position 56 02.14N, 04 54.37W is currently extinguished. 2. Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting in the area. 3. Notice will be […]

Have your say on UKHO intent to withdraw supply and maintenance of Admiralty Small Craft Folios

UK Hydrographic Office announces proposals for a replacement digital solution The UK Hydrographic Office has announced that it is proposing to withdraw the supply and maintenance of ADMIRALTY Small Craft Folios. As an alternative to the ADMIRALTY Small Craft Folios, established suppliers in the small craft market will continue to be able to license data […]

Carrick Castle Beach Clean on 22nd September 2019

Eleven people turned up in the pouring rain to clean the beaches in Carrick Castle as part of the National Beach Clean long weekend. There were boat club members, residents from Carrick Castle and from Lochgoilhead – thank you to all. We collected the equivalent of six full bags of rubbish from the beaches in […]

RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

To: Anyone that might be interested in wanting to take the RYA – Day Skipper Theory Course this autumn/winter. We have just been advised about this course and it’s being run in Arrochar:- The course will run over 5 weekends (9am-5pm) at the Three Villages Hall, Arrochar on the following dates; 26th-27th October 2019 3rd […]

Loch Long – Glen Mallan Jetty Construction Works

QHM Clyde Queen’s Harbour Master Clyde LOCH LONG – GLEN MALLAN JETTY CONSTRUCTION WORKS LNTM No 13/19                                                                                                                                                                                             BA Chart 3746 1. Mariners are advised that the existing jetty and infrastructure at […]

Rafting Etiquette

Top tips for motor cruisers and powerboats In the height of summer mooring spaces alongside pontoons are gold dust so be prepared to raft up. Rafting can test the patience of the most placid motor cruisers and powerboaters. So how can you ensure you and your temporary neighbours stay on good terms? “Rafting, in principle, […]