Tuesday, 29 October 2013


Not yet completed your VHF marine radio course? Been meaning to get round to doing it? Well we have some important information that may help make up your mind! Starting in 2014, the RYA are making substantial changes to the VHF Radio Course and exam.

Why? ... well if you currently take your VHF Licence outside of the UK, you would have to do a longer course and must be examined by someone who is not also the course instructor.

What does that mean to you?... In order for the UK to come in line with European Regulations, all VHF courses in 2014 will change. Increasing from 1 day to 2 Day (approx 10 hours study time), which would then be followed by an exam that is separate from the teaching and is invigilated by someone who is not also the instructor. Although we are waiting on further final confirmation, this move means the courses will now have a greater impact on your time and will no doubt cost more to do.

So our advice... call Kim at the JBT Office today on: 0870 908 9336, if you want to avoid having to do a longer and more expensive course in 2014.

VHF Radio Courses
Location: Trafalgar Wharf, Portsmouth, PO6 4PX
Price: £100 (Inc Vat)
Saturday 2nd November 2013 - SPECIAL OFFER £50 (Inc VAT)
Saturday 30th November 2013  
•    If weekends are unsuitable, we are more than happy to offer mid week courses. For further information on these, please call Kim at the JBT office on: 0870 908 9336
•    An additional payment of £30, will be required on the day of the course. Which is payable to the RYA, for the issue of your VHF/SRC Operators Licence.
•    If you hold an 'old' VHF licence (pre -1999), you will need to complete the course to upgrade your qualification.

Sunday, 20 October 2013


On Tuesday 22nd October, subject to weather, contemporary artist, Dmitri Galitzine, will be attempting to cross from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight in a giant pumpkin. Galitzine will sit inside the vegetable and travel several miles across one of the busiest shipping channels in the world. 

The pumpkin will be fitted with a small outboard motor and will travel at a speed of about 1 or 2 knots.  It is the first heroic attempt in history to cross the Solent in a gourd.The starting point for the epic (some would say foolhardy) journey is Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth, where the pumpkin will be prepared, tested and made seaworthy. A tenant of Trafalgar Wharf, Crystal Covers, will make the spray deck to keep out the waves.

“Despite weighing 500kg, giant pumpkins are naturally buoyant and have a thick waterproof exterior. They are round in shape like Welsh coracles, which were an effective vessel in fast flowing rivers. My biggest challenge are the strong tides across the Solent,” said Dmitri Galitzine.

And as if the sailing across the Solent in a bright orange vegetable isn’t madcap enough, Galitzine will be trying for a double record attempt with a 100 metre dash on Wednesday 23rd October at 1300 in Trafalgar Wharf's new marina next to The Drystack.

“We’re also going to set a new ‘Guinness Fastest 100 Metres on Water in a Pumpkin World Record’, with a bit of luck,” said Jonny Boys. This will be done inside the harbour, racing against the clock to paddle 100 metres in under three minutes. We’ve got professional adjudicators including a champion rower, a surveyor to measure distance and two athletics coaches who will act as timekeepers.”

Thursday, 10 October 2013


Reg Sillence arrived at Trafalgar Wharf yesterday with his Aquastar 27, Bellatrix, for a few weeks boat maintenance.

He arrived a little early so played conkers with his crew, Ivan Burden, another customer of Trafalgar Wharf who has a J109.

After giving Ivan a few bruises, Reg conkered all!