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So; it’s just before 08:00hrs on Sunday, 6th Dec-15; my phone rang – It was one of those calls you just don’t want to receive…

…the BMYC1 Buoy had washed-up on Ovingdean beach having broken free of its sea-bed anchor during the overnight storm.

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Far from being a problem; the incident was managed turning disaster into an opportunity…

The Buoy had been at sea for circa 10 years; it would require a degree of TLC to remedy the scars of surviving that long in a fairly unwelcoming environment, let alone damage received from pounding of the waves on arriving at Ovingdean beach…

Meanwhile… Calls went out to prospective sponsors; Ancasta Yachts responded; pleased to take-up such an opportunity.

Repairs to the buoy were completed at Brighton Marina, after which Ancasta Branding was applied to the body of the Buoy – Looks striking, I have to say..!

BMYC1 was returned to the spot where our Admiral, Jack Voss laid the first of the BMYC Racing Buoys way back in the late ‘70s…

New sea-bed anchor, chain and ballast trim allowed all equipment to be assembled to the Buoy aboard the salvage vessel hired to locate the buoy at sea; positioning the circa 1.3 tonnes of buoy and equipment was a precision operation focussed on the GPS; with the Buoy floating in the water and chain strewn out from the rear of the salvage vessel, at the precise moment in time the ties holding the sea-bed anchor to the salvage vessel were cut and gravity took over – BMYC 1 Buoy was back on station.

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This was truly a Team Effort involving those members who turned-out on a Sunday morning during the winter storms to secure the Buoy on Ovingdean Beach, those members who helped prepare the buoy for return to water, liaison with external service providers and our in-house marketing people who negotiated sponsorship – Grateful thanks to all involved, as usual far too many to mention by name…

…except to say; my memories are engraved with the visual image; as we all stood back (for our own safety) to allow the human dynamo, Bruno, work his magic in removing the old paint from the buoy…

Colin – On behalf of BMYC Race Committee

Published: March 16, 2016