September 2017 UK VHF changes

From mid-morning on Wednesday 6 September 2017 the Coastguard will no longer broadcast on VHF 23, 84 and 86. It will instead use VHF 62, 63 and 64. The use of VHF Channel 10 for MSI and pollution control (back up) is unchanged. For details see the RYA page on VHF channels.

June 2017. Météo France

Forecast texts can be bookmarked but are not accessible by email using the Saildocs text retrieval service. This is a regrettabe change of heart by the French

DWD forecast texts - 9/01/2017

DWD forecasts can now be bookmarked. See my NW Europe page. F or those with restricted bandwidth, these forecasts can be obtained using the Saildocs text retrieval.

Improved GFS GRIB Data

The GFS now computes on a finer grid. Output is now available on a 0.25 degree grid using Saildocs and zyGrib V7.0

News and Topical items


The page “Unofficial' Weather Stations'' has been updated to take the Weather Observations Website into account.

The Jetstream

In view of the topical interest in the jet stream, the Netweather Jet Stream page is worth looking at.

Recently revised pages


See the major revision to What is the future of the GMDSS?


The page GRIB Apps has been updated

Latest additional pages

A new page about the CAPE lightning risk index.

A threat to Internet services highlights the threat to the availability of GMDSS forecasts on the web.

Hurricane terminology

When is a hurricane not a hurricane?

Frank's Logs

Cruising Association

Hallberg Rassy Owners Association

Royal Yachting Association

Royal Cruising Club

  Royal Meteorological Society

Links to home pages of CA members.



I am a member of the Cruising Association which provides much information on a mutual exchange basis. The CA has a number of awards for such voluntary work. In 2004 and in 2009 (jointly with John Claver) , I received the Brittain Cup for "Pilotage Information" In 2017, I was most pleased to receive the Mic hael Manton Plate. This is for “Giving exceptional help to section members.”

I am a member of the Hallberg Rassy Owners Association, a most friendly group of sailors with superb yachts. In 2002 they kindly gave me the Christoph Rassy Endeavour Trophy for a "Significant contribution to yachting."

I have been a Royal Yachting Association member for many years as a dinghy sailor and a cruising yachtsman. I have a Yachtmaster (Offshore) certificate. In 2004, I received the RYA Community Award "Services to the World of Yachting".
In 2007, I received the Royal Cruising Club Medal for "Services to Cruising". With such previous winners as K Adlard Coles, Blondie Hasler, the Hiscocks and Olin Stephens I am clearly in very good company and very honoured indeed.

I am very pleased to have been associated with the Conference of Cruising Clubs. Together with the RYA the CYCC does much unsung work for the cruising sailor. The CYCC comprises those yacht clubs and associations in the British Isles that provide sailing directions ie the ASA, BCYA, CCC, CA, FYCA, ICC, NWVYC, OCC, RCC, RCC Pilotage Foundation, RNSA, RNYC and RYS. Regrettably, the CYCC has ceased to function.

I am a longstanding member of the Royal Meteorological Society. In 2003 they awarded me their Michael Hunt Prize and Life Membership of the Society for "Increasing the understanding of meteorology among the sailing community". Winner the previous time was my old friend, and colleague as a senior forecaster with the Met Office, David Houghton. David is nonpareil in the matter of weather for racing sailors and did much good work helping sailors to win Olympic gold.