NCI NEEDLES MONITOR THE ISLE OF WIGHT ROUND THE ISLAND RACE

27th June 2022. This Saturday saw the iconic Round the Island Race on the Isle of Wight, setting off from Cowes.

The National Coastwatch Institution station overlooking the Needles were expecting a busy day and deployed seven watchkeepers – three in the lookout station and four more at vantage points on the coast to keep watchful eyes on the competitors.

And it seriously was a busy couple of watches on race day with 4 Mayday calls,s, 3 Pan Pan calls and 3 collisions with the SS Varvassi boiler (although without any noticeable damage caused)..

Well done to all the Needles watchkeepers and the rest of the SAR family for all their hard work throughout the event.

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Currently almost 60 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Filey in North Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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