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TUGn meets the CRT
Delegates from the Thames User Navigation Group (Navigation) which included Mike Chambers and led by Michael Shefras met with the CEO of the Canal River Trust, Richard Parry on 6 March, 2014. The meeting was to introduce TUGn to Richard Parry who took his position during 2013 and to discuss mutual areas of interest. Read More

There is an agreed report on the meeting which can be obtained on demand by asking Michael Shefras MBE. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a copy."

NewRTA - Summary of Executive Meeting
An Executive Meeting was held on 3rd February and a summary of the meeting discussions and proposals can be found in the Library  Read More

Speed and Wash on the Thames
David Jones has prepared a considered view of the current position regarding the speed and wash created by vessels on the tidal and non-tidal Thames. Read More

Explore the Thames Mobile App
The British Marine Federation (BMF) are producing a mobile application for iPhone/iPad containg a wealth of information about the Thames to be available in the new year. Take a look.

Licence Fees 2014 + 4.8%
We are extremely disappointed by the decision of the EA to go ahead with an inflation plus 2% increase in fees for 2014 for private boat owners. They have ignored our pleas for restraint and have chosen the soft option of attacking what they see as a captive market rather than doing their job properly by collecting fees from evaders and from accommodations. [Structures on the river].

The extra 2% will generate something like £75,000, while evaders and accommodation deficits amount to hundreds of thousands of pounds.

This is no way to treat loyal customers and this attitude will certainly damage working relationships and co-operation between us.

Whitchurch River Closure - EA Statement
A river closure notice at Whitchurch has been issued to allow for essential works to be carried out on the bridge.  Read More
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TNUF Meeting September 2013
Detailed notes taken during this important meeting are published in the library.
TNUF Meeting Notes 30 Sept 2013

Viisitor Moorings at Limehouse & St Katherine Docks - UPDATE
From several sources the provision of visitor moorings in Limehouse Basin and St Katherine Docks was being questioned.
On behalf of the ATYC and RYA Thames & London Region we questioned what was the basis of the Tow-Path-Gossip.Read More

ATYC Rally Results
Mike Thomas aboard Amadeus wins top position at the ATYC Rally boat handling competition. Full Results

Project Kraken and Marine Watch.
An important initiative to reduce marine related crime. Check it out HERE

 

Website Update

Important information is contained in the April Messengers. Check out the Library under ATYC Notice Boards for more details.

Forthcoming ATYC Events

Mon 21 Jul 20:00 - 22:00
General Meeting
Thu 21 Aug 00:00
ATYC Rally
Mon 3 Nov 20:00 - 22:00
General Meeting

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The government's intention to merge the CRT navigations with the EA was still on the table and TUGn members wanted to know how CRT would be handling this. We were advised that discussions had indeed taken place between both parties but nothing has happened yet because of the flood situation. Mr Parry accepted that TUGn should be right at the start of any serious discussions. It is expected that the subject will also be on the agenda for a report from the EA on the Thames Navigation User Forum now scheduled for 1 April, 2014.
We have stipulated that the works be undertaken during the quieter winter months and not during the busier summer boating season.  Due to the scale of works, the river closure will be in place for several months, ending before the Easter weekend.  We sincerely apologise for the disruption inevitably caused by this, however given the very tight construction deadlines, the work must take priority to meet the Easter deadline.   
 
Transit through the lock should be possible during the closure period, but will strictly be dependent on natural breaks in the works. We have regular communications with Oxfordshire Council to identify opportunities to allow passage. Boaters wishing to transit Whitchurch lock during the works can put their request forward to our email account  or call 03708 506 506, asking to speak to their local waterways office. When a transit window becomes available, we will contact boaters expressing an interest to arrange a time slot to pass though the lock.  If passage becomes available for a longer period, we will open the lock and publish the dates on our website, investment program and information hotline 08459 881 188.

PLA had no knowledge of any change and from a St Kat’s perspective, whilst they maximise their residential moorings, they will continue to take visitors subject to availability which is exactly the same as now.
Limehouse Basin is now completely managed by BWML who are a commercial arm of CRT.       Within the moorings we have on site, 20 have been historically classified for visitor use, as and when required. The uptake of these over the whole of the year is generally at 40-50% occupancy. Due to the interest received in the recent annual moorings that we have made available at Limehouse, all available moorings to date having been sold, and with an obvious shortage of moorings in London, BWML have taken the decision to remove a number of the current visitor moorings from their present location, but we will however be making available visitor berths at an alternative location within the marina.  Overall I anticipate the number of visitor berths for 2014 will remain around the same.     The use of the wall will not be affected and still remain available for visiting boats.
They have also assured us that they will utilise any residential mooring should the moorer be away.”
Should any boater have cause for concern, ATYC Officers would appreciate the information so that they can immediately follow it through.
Individual Awards
1st - Amadeus - Mike Thomas - UTMYC
2nd - Knot Arf - Andrew Bernstein - TMYC
3rd - Bolli - Dave Biggin - UTMYC
4th - Flying Colours - Ian Weston - TMYC

First Time Entry
1st - Harpagon - Tim Marshall - Oxford Ditch CC

Team Awards
1st - Upper Thames Motor Yacht Club
2nd - Thames Motor Yacht Club