VISAR, Virgin Islands Search and Rescue



Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) is a voluntary organisation dedicated to saving life at sea. It is the officially recognised search and rescue service in the British Virgin Islands, where it provides 24-hour cover every day of the year in close co-operation with the Royal British Virgin Islands police, fire and ambulance services.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life, and undergo rigorous training in seamanship and small boat-handling skills, search and rescue techniques and first aid. They give up their own time to train and answer distress calls with nothing in return except the satisfaction of knowing that they are doing a vital job.

VISAR’s help can be summoned in the BVI in several ways:

– Dialling 767 (SOS)
– Dialling 999 or 911
– Dialling 494 4357 (494-HELP)
– A distress call on VHF Channel 16


Royal National Lifeboat Institution


RNLITamar Pass

Saving lives at sea

The RNLI is the charity that provides a 24-hour lifesaving service around the UK and Republic of Ireland.

· The new MOB Guardian system, which has been developed by the RNLI for fishermen, gives an early alert to an emergency, helps reduce search time and provides the rescuers with an up to date position for the vessel. It means search and rescue agencies including RNLI volunteers don’t have to start a search with little or no information about the location of the casualty. If a single-handed fisherman falls over the side of their vessel the system will automatically alert Search and Rescue agencies and can also shut down the boats engine remotely. The fisherman wears a fob incorporating a panic button, so should a crewman become ill or caught in machinery, he can easily request help. It is confidential so location information about a particular vessel is not available publicly. For more information visit

· Grant funding for the system is as follows at present:

Current guaranteed funding availability:
RNLI : 35% of installed price ongoing
MFA England: 40% of installed price orders placed up to 30-09-0
SEERAD Scotland: 40% of installed price orders placed up to 30-06-08
DARD N. Ireland: 40% of installed price orders placed up to 31-12- 08
Sunderland Marine: 25% of installed price to policy holders on application
Scottish Boat Owners: 25% of installed price to policy holders on application *All financial help is off the capital cost of a MOB Guardian unit excluding vat
Funding may be available within Jersey, Guernsey and The Isle of Man – fishermen should contact their local associations or call MOB Guardian help desk on 01202 663142
Fishermen may be eligible for several grants

· The RNLI runs a free and confidential service called SEA Check, which involves an RNLI volunteer visiting a boat to provide useful guidance and advice about all safety matters. To find out more visit

· As a registered charity, the RNLI relies on voluntary contributions and legacies to ensure its volunteer crews have the very best lifeboats, equipment and training to help them save lives at sea.

Funchal 500 – Tall Ships Race


The ports of Falmouth in the UK and Funchal in Portugal have now reached their maximum capacity for the large Class A ships for this year’s Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta. Smaller vessels are still able to enter but these two ports are unable to berth any more Class A ships.

Falmouth now has ten Class A ships registered to take part in the first race to Ilhavo in Portugal, together with another nine vessels of the smaller classes. The second race, which ends in Funchal, has 11 Class A vessels registered with seven smaller vessels also taking part.

Mystic Seaport



Mystic Seaport provides a complete US whaling port heritage site with a collection of restored vessels and a complete shore-side preservation, with shops, planetarium and marine trades.

Mystic Seaport – The Museum of America and the Sea
75 Greenmanville Avenue
PO Box 6000
Mystic, CT 06355-0990

Visitor Information: 860.572.5315 or 888.973.2767
Administration: 860.572.0711


Plymouth 3 copy

The fourth annual Plymouth Sail and Power Show held at Queen Anne’s Battery marina will take place on Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th April, 2008. This year’s event will showcase a fantastic range of new and used boats, RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) and luxury vehicles as well as equipment, clothing and accessories. The weekend Show will also host numerous exhilarating on and off water displays and demonstrations, non-stop entertainment and much more.

Delta Lloyd Regatta 2008 (formerly known as Spa/Holland Regatta)

2008 Delta Lloyd Regatta

As of March 5, 2008, Holland Regatta changes its name to ‘Delta Lloyd Regatta’. The Delta Lloyd Regatta will take place from 21 to 25 May 2008, in Medemblik, The Netherlands.

The high esteem in which the Delta Lloyd Regatta is held in the international sailing community clearly shows from the fact that many international sailors consider it the last main event before the Olympic Games. For some of them it is the last opportunity to qualify. More than 1100 sailors from over 60 countries participate in the Delta Lloyd Regatta.

Trefpunt Sports & Leisure Marketing
Arjen Rahusen
Phone: +31 (0) 20 – 5795400

Sale “Barrabas” from Adrian Flanagan


“In October 2005, adventurer Adrian Flanagan set sail on the Alpha Global Expedition, a single-handed ‘vertical’ circumnavigation. In May this year, he will complete the last part of this spectacular expedition, from Norway to the south of England. As Adrian has new plans after the expedition, White Whale Yachtbrokers from Holland is honoured to offer the expedition sailing yacht, “Barrabas” for sale. Constructed entirely from Titanium enriched 316L Stainless Steel (!), this extremely strong yacht benefits from extensive upgrades. You can find the complete specifications and many pictures of “Barrabas” with the following link: Trireme 38 “Barrabas” or mail us for more info at

The Scilly Boys Row4Home


A team of rowers from the Isles of Scilly launch their transatlantic count down today, Tuesday 5 February from the Penlee RNLI lifeboat station. The four-man team are aiming to beat the record for crossing the Atlantic from New York to the Bishop Rock Lighthouse.

Five people are training for the row, though only four will make the journey, which starts in June; Chris Jenkins and Wayne Davey who are RNLI crew volunteers on the St Mary’s and Penlee lifeboats respectively, Paul Osbourne, Tim Garratt and Joby Newton. The route means they will be ‘rowing for home’, and their challenge is to beat the existing record of 55 days and 13 hours.

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