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Falmouth Port Notice to Mariners No 9 of 2018

Date: to Sat 09 Jun

Carrick Roads Approaches

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a charity swim is planned between Pendennis Point and St Mawes Castle on Sunday 10th June 2018, this event is subject to weather conditions.

The event will take place between 15:00 and 16:30 and will involve about 280 swimmers. The swimmers will start at Crab Quay on Pendennis Point, position 50 08.70N, 005 02.60W and will finish at the beach to the northwest of  Castle Cove beach near St Mawes Castle, position 50° 09.42N  005° 01.60W.

The route will take the participants across the deep water channel which is the shipping route for the Carrick Roads and Falmouth. Shipping movements may be restricted from 14:00 to 16:30, north of a line from Pendennis point to Carricknath point and south of the West and East Narrows buoys. Commercial vessels planning to transit Carrick roads should contact Falmouth Harbour Pilots on VHF channel 9 to obtain current status.

There will be a mobile exclusion zone around the swimmers:  A line of buoys will be laid at approximately 14:00 and will be recovered on completion of the event. No vessels should attempt to pass through the exclusion zone and the swimmers. Leisure traffic will be permitted to pass East or West of the Exclusion zone at the discretion of the safety patrols.

The event will be marshalled by Lifeguards on rescue boards, the Falmouth ALB & ILB, Harbour Masters vessels and a number of small powered vessels. Safety craft will be exhibiting a RNLI flag to aid identification. Harbour Master’s launch Killigrew can be contacted on vhf channel 12. The event control can be contacted on VHF channel 73.

Mariners are advised to keep a good visual and listening watch on VHF channels 16 and 12 and are requested to give all swimmers and safety boats a wide berth and to proceed at a safe speed.  Vessels not involved in the event should not pass through the safety cordon and should follow the advice of the safety vessels.

If weather conditions are unsuitable an alternative event may be held off Castle and Gyllingvase beach.

This notice is self-cancelling on Sunday 10th June 2018 on completion of the event.