Eight young people are preparing to leave Plymouth and set sail on the adventure of a lifetime to circumnavigate the UK aboard a 57ft tall ship.
Boat owners visiting Plymouth’s award-winning marina in Sutton Harbour can now enjoy vastly improved WiFi services during their stay.
A spacious new reception area has opened at The Marina at Sutton Harbour based in the historic heart of Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City.
Temporary reception facilities will be in place at The Marina at Sutton Harbour next week, ahead of the new reception area opening on Friday 3rd February.
Friday the 13th is on its way. Will you be sailing out of Sutton Harbour? Maybe you will take precautions - after all, sailors always have been - and still are - superstitious creatures.
There is one great snag that occurs in the sailing of ships – they always come off second-best where striking rocks is concerned! One can only imagine the horror at the crashing, grinding, tearing sound of planking or plating being torn asunder by the momentum of the ship against the rock (or for those unlucky souls aboard the Titanic it was the iceberg).
A stone's throw from the original castle, Sutton Harbour's sea defence continues to prove it's unrivalled value to the maritime community.
Few spheres of activity embody custom and tradition to as great an extent as sailing and boating. Some aspects are bound in law and the Rules of the Road (which governs the conduct of a vessel under way at sea) but there’s a lot besides that falls under the general concept of Sailing Etiquette.
When you stroll beside Sutton Harbour and look toward the boats, one of the first things that will attract you is the fluttering of the flags and bunting adorning the various vessels as they bob at their moorings – especially on weekends when there is a tall ship in harbour or an event like the Classic Boat Rally, or when a major yacht race event such as the TRANSAT is being hosted.
Everybody is familiar with remembrance and commemoration, from ‘Poppy Day’ on November 11th to Battle of Britain Day and many others. But there is one day that fewer folk are aware of, even in the maritime community.
The berth holders association are fund raising for a defibrillator to be located at the marina. At the summer party they will be holding a sealed bid to win one of these fabulous paintings by fellow berth holder Keith Simmons.
There cannot be many people who would not know if asked what ‘Morse Code’ was; the use of it in the iconic ‘SOS’ distress signal is something that is universally recognised.
All mariners have one thing in common – they owe a debt for their safety to an organisation based in London but which reaches out around the UK and Northern Europe, and whose example gives guidance to maritime authorities around the globe.
It probably depends on the size of your vessel and whether you are in busy coastal waters or are out in the solitude of the blue, but keeping watch at sea might be described as 98% utter tedium interrupted by moments of sheer terror!
When you stroll along the magnificent Plymouth Waterfront from Sutton Harbour, around Madeira Road and The Hoe, toward Millbay and Royal William Yard – spare a thought for how things were in the days when safe navigation was in it’s infancy, and Plymouth was small but vital and well-defended natural harbour.
A popular cafe is expanding at a prime Sutton Harbour location and relaunching to include a delicatessen shop after being bought by a regular customer
The winter can be a testing time for your boat, but the beauty of Sutton Harbour Marina is knowing that it is safe from storms and secure in its berth.