FLARES: At a recent RYA Yachtmaster Conference, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) chief executive, Peter Cardy planted the seed that pyrotechnics may have had their day.
Mr Cardy surprised the audience by asking: ‘Can you envisage a time when there will no longer be value in yachtsmen carrying flares?’
What do you Ribsters think? My view is that maybe I can envisage that time, but I think it's a long way off. In the meantime, I believe that flares are an important part of everyone's safety kit.
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