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Old 03 August 2009, 15:04   #1
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MCA busy at Cowes week

We were one of many RIBs inspected today by MCA for coded /uncoded RIBS at Cowes, they said they had not found any boats operating illegally yet. Very friendly/thorough approach and no complaints from me.
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Nice to see them been pro-active and pleasent.
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no probs with that but I wish the fine for non compliance would be more than the cost of complying unfortunately it's considerably less
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We had them board the 68' Yacht I'm on this week - he was pretty thorough and checked all 24 lifejackets, all the heat/smoke heads, First Aid Kit inventory, operation of VHF etc - almost like a full coding check!

We sailed through () but it did take him aboat an hour to cover everything.
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Real shame they dont visit some of the other sailing events. Its Ramsgate Week here and over the last three years I have seen a number of boats operating without the correct kit, code etc. They only ever seem to cover Cowes.
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Old 08 August 2009, 16:12   #6
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They carried on all week looking for yachts and Ribs uncoded, they grounded two yachts and I believe a tall ship for not meeting standards. But as Cowes week was not as busy as usual I was boarded twice and they came back for three!! Somewhere along the line their records did not show the first inspection on a log despite me having a copy. Still no complaints.

Also just heard tonight of a powerboater killed in an accident between two boats at a festival on the south coast I think, not sure where but maybe Brighton?
Just found out the location:-A man died following a serious crash between two boats during powerboat racing at Dover Regatta, police said today.
The crash happened in front of crowds at Dover Harbour at approximately midday.
A Kent Police spokeswoman said: "At 12.40pm Kent Police was notified of a collision between two powerboats taking part in an organised race during Dover Regatta.
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Was in Dover Harbour today
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http://boatmad.com/forum/showthread.php?t=14161

Just thought this maybe appropriate.
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I thought I would raise this again. It appeared last year the MCA were not very active, but this year they are out with police boats, checking water taxis, RIBs and any other vessels

They state on twitter "Also checked 14 RIB's and in 90% of cases the helm was not wearing the 'kill cord' or the passengers wearing lifejackets....." and if my views are anything to go by it was appalling yesterday with safety clearly at the bottom of loads of families and boat users.

Good to see them active again, maybe they will stop a few of the unlicensed craft/skippers
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