And Nigel Bovey, our latest watchkeeper, was presented with his Certificate of Achievement as he joins the merry band of watchkeepers. Welcome Nigel.
This is Exmouth Coastwatch
Exmouth Coastwatch is one of the 50-strong network of National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) lookout stations around the UK’s coasts. We work with the Coastguard and the RNLI by keeping watch over the estuary and the beach 7 days a week in summer and every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday in winter.NCI stations form a national volunteer service which keeps a visual watch for people on the water and the beach who may get into difficulties.
At Exmouth, the sea approaches to the estuary can be dangerous in strong onshore winds and swell, as can the strong tidal and river streams inside the estuary mouth.
These present unique hazards to the variety of small boats, personal watercraft and bathers who make use of this marvellous leisure facility.
We are all volunteers. Being a watchkeeper is a responsible community role, but it’s also sociable and enjoyable. From the tower – above the Harbour View Café on Queen’s Drive – we have the best view of the lower Exe estuary!
Our neighbours in the Exmouth Rowing Club (ERC) nominated Exmouth NCI as their charity of the year and we attended events at their clubhouse. Later in the year Exmouth NCI were delighted to receive a donation from ERC.
Also in May, Exmouth NCI assisted the Exe Sailing Club with safety for the International 14's sailing competition and in July for the International Enterprise dinghy championships.
In July Exmouth NCI had the annual Declared Facility Status (DFS) assessment which was completed to the satisfaction of the Assessor enabling Exmouth NCI to continue to play an important role in the UK Search and Rescue Service for a further year.
A Radio Day was held in August, together with members of the Exmouth Amateur Radio Club. There were about 50 visitors to Coastwatch House, not all to have a go on the radios, and 105 contacts were made with 19 countries, ranging from Europe to North Africa and Russia.
During the latter months of the year, Bryn, the skipper of the yacht 'Rebecca', embarked members of Exmouth NCI to take a look at the coastline from the sea instead of vice versa from the Tower, giving them a greater appreciation of life at sea in a yacht in differing weather conditions.
And finally, thank you to our sponsors and the local community for their support over the past year. It has been much appreciated by all at Exmouth NCI.