Incident- Yacht Adrift

Advised HMCG of yacht adrift in estuary and grounded on sea wall. Harbour Master attempted unsuccessfully to lift off. HMCG updated. Yacht later towed off by Harbour Master on rising tide.

Incident – Suspicious RIB

Following report of commercial RIB behaving suspiciously, HMCG asked NCI for visual and information. Advised CG that ‘Voyager’ with 12 POB departed Exmouth at 0940. Later confirmed to CG that RIB returned with same number of POB.

First Veteran

Congratulations and welcome to Alan Campbell as the very 1st Veteran, recently introduced by NCI HQ for those no longer watchkeeping but who wish to stay involved with NCI, at NCI Exmouth

Alan has contributed so much during his years as a watchkeeper and as our Radio Officer and Radio Trainer.  We are delighted that he is to remain as our Radio Officer Trainer, which forms a very important part of our training programme, and also for training all our watchkeepers for the RYA VHF SRC certificate examination.


New Watchkeeper

Congratulations to Martyn who has now qualified as a watchkeeper with NCI Exmouth. We are delighted to welcome him to our team of volunteer watchkeepers who are working from 0800 – 2000 every day throughout July, August and up to 4 September.  It is a busy summer.

Hinton Buoy

NCI Exmouth watchkeeper Andrew Hinton alongside a new starboard hand buoy named after him prior to it being laid in the Exe Estuary in the area known as Bull Hill Bank. Full details about the buoy can be found in LNTM 19/21.

Local Notice to Mariners 19/21

Establishment of a new starboard hand lateral mark

The consent of the Corporation of Trinity House under section 199(2) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, is hereby conveyed to Exeter Port Authority to the establishment of a new starboard hand lateral mark with light character Fl (2) G 5s in position Lat. 50° 36.991’ N Long. 003° 26.292’ W named “Hinton”. This new mark is now in place.


The area known as Bull Hill Bank within the Exe Estuary has increased in area and spread to the West particularly as a spit between no’s 15 and 17 starboard lateral buoys.

From no 15 buoy looking up to 17 there is no clear line of sight and to transit North, mariners have to alter course toward no 14 port hand lateral buoy before altering course toward no 17 once the bank has been cleared.

This is not so much of an issue at low water or in daylight because the obstruction is clear to see but in the dark there is a potential hazard for marine traffic going up and down the river.

Therefore we have introduced a fresh starboard lateral buoy which will be outside of the normal numbering system and be simply called ‘Hinton’ and be positioned at the widest part of the spit.

The buoy may be moved quarterly accordingly, due to the shifting nature of the sand spit.

We have named Hinton buoy after the recently retired Exmouth resident Mr Andrew Hinton, the Geographic and Technical Manager at the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office who was responsible for the publishing of the new Admiralty chart no 2290.

(Webmaster note: Andrew is also a NCI Exmouth watchkeeper).

Local Notice to Mariners 18/21

RS 200 National Dinghy Championships

Notice is hereby given of the RS200 national championship 15th to 19th August 2021, hosted by Exe Sailing Club. In the region of 120 dinghies are expected to attend this event. The arrow below shows the location of the Exe Sailing Club (the venue for the event) and the box area illustrates the dinghy racing area.

Racing will commence at the following times with the fleets returning to the river on completion of
racing each day.
Sunday 15th. Racing starts from 1255hrs     Monday 16th Racing starts from 1155hrs
Tuesday 17th Racing starts from 1155hrs     Wednesday 18th Racing starts from 1155hrs
Thursday 19th Racing starts from 1125hrs

Further details including sailing instructions will be available from the 1st August 2021 and can be found at:

Vessels are asked to keep clear of the racing within this area during this event.

Incident – Tombstoning

Watchkeeper informed HMCG of 15 children observed tombstoning off Mamhead slipway. On advice of CG also reported to Police and Lifeguards. Children departed prior to Police attendance.

New Watchkeeper

Congratulations to Caroline who has recently qualified as a watchkeeper here at Exmouth. Caroline joins a team of dedicated volunteer watchkeepers watching over the safety of our residents and visitors to our beaches and waters of our beautiful and busy coastline at Exmouth.

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