For motorboats and sailors

Glorious sunshine greeted participants at the annual RYA Autumn Muster in Cowes over the weekend, with motorboaters and sailors getting together for a series of practical masterclasses.

Some 24 boats from along the South Coast and as far afield as Swale Marina on the East Coast, gathered at Cowes Yacht Haven, Isle of Wight, to embark on a busy weekend schedule of on-water and shorebased activities.

A whipping and splicing masterclass proved popular, with participants getting the opportunity give it a go themselves under guidance from rigging experts from chandlers Aladdin’s Cave.

The RNLI and Ocean Safety ran an interactive Abandoning Ship session with some willing volunteers demonstrating the use of lifejackets and liferafts.

Experts from ICOM, Sea Start, The Green Blue and Raymarine were also on hand throughout the weekend providing advice and guidance on board individual boats.

Out on the water the ‘Try Sail’ and ‘Try Power’ sessions provided owners with the opportunity to get some boat handling tips from Sealine Sea School and Hamble School of Yachting. Others enjoyed a taste of how the other half do it.

On the Saturday evening Alpine Electronics held a drinks reception, buffet and disco at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club.

Andrew Norton, Motor Cruising Projects Manager said of the event: “It’s really nice to see some new faces here at the muster this year and our old friends too.

“It is encouraging that all the masterclasses have been extremely well attended as people wish to further their knowledge.

“As always we are delighted with the support we have received at the muster from across the industry, events like these give us a great opportunity to work together.”

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