RYA gets out of Powerboat Racing:
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA), as the British national body for all forms of boating, which has included dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, canal and river boat cruising, and personal watercraft, will no longer act as the national authority for powerboat racing in the UK. This decision by RYA’s Board, with effect from January 1 2019, followed a review of the status of the sport and an evaluation of the risks and responsibilities associated with acting as the national authority.
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Safety concerns about LED lighting:
While LED lights are more efficient than traditional lighting, a Marine Safety Alert from the U.S. Coast Guard is putting their use on boats under scrutiny.
The USCG has received reports from crews, ship owners, inspectors and other mariners regarding poor reception on VHF frequencies used for radiotelephone, digital selective calling (DSC) and automatic identification systems (AIS) when in the vicinity of light emitting diode (LED) lighting on-board ships (e.g., navigation lights, searchlights and floodlights, interior and exterior lights, adornment).
Radio frequency i…
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