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.
Farewell Yvonne - And Thanks
New Year’s Eve 2018 saw Yvonne Anderton complete her last watch and retire from Exmouth Coastwatch. Yvonne was the longest standing Watchkeeper and has completed 18 years of the 20 years the station has been open. In her time she has supported numerous station managers and committees as secretary and on three occasions she undertook the role of deputy station manager. On her last watch she was presented with a bouquet of flowers and chocolates and at the General Meeting on 16 January she will be presented with her Honorary Life Membership Certificate awarded in recognition of her dedication and support of Exmouth Coastwatch over the 18 years. Yvonne leaves with the ambition to take up another good cause and the best wishes go from everyone in Exmouth Coastwatch.