It’s been a challenging year for the editors of the Reeds Almanac, but they have certainly risen to that challenge. In this blog, one of the editors, Perrin Towler, takes a look at the impact of both the pandemic and Britain leaving the EU, both this year and in future. Check out the bottom of this blog for our current special deals for the 2021 Almanac.
Success! We have compiled, edited and proofed the 2021 edition of the Almanac in spite of the pandemic. It is now winging its way to the printers to be available for distribution later this month. This has been a challenging year for harbours and the marine industry as a whole. Just as Brexit was set to alter continental cruising Covid struck.
Although both may be seen as disasters, in reality, they represent periods of change and uncertainty. This is unsettling for everyone but presents us as the editors particular problems. What will be the shape of things to come? How do we predict what rules will be in place in March next year? The truth is we can’t and with the loss of boat shows and other forums many in yachting are feeling their way. Reeds is well placed to adapt and relay these changes to sailors using its unique structure of monthly updates based on input from the harbours, marinas and our network of agents. This perhaps underlines the value of having professionally compiled information, as so much data on the internet is cached and out of date.
The restrictions are now easing and some are ‘staying local’ while others ‘head west’. Foreign excursions are somewhat speculative at this time. It is worth thinking of the changes in berthing – limited rafting, fewer berths and distanced communal facilities in showers and heads. Help the marinas by phoning ahead and ensuring that you have a place to berth. It is debatable how summery August is – it can be changeable and a secure berth is always welcome at the end of a passage. It is a good time to take advantage of the increasing opportunities to dine ashore too.
It is not all gloom and doom. The quiet period has also allowed progress in the refurbishment of facilities in the UK and abroad. Beaulieu has completed the first stage of the walk ashore pontoons, and Dover progresses the Western Docks Revival. Abroad, improvements to ports and marinas include new pontoon layouts and visitor arrangements for Nazare in Portugal and Crouesty in S Brittany and a new chartlet with expanded information for Le Guilvinec a busy fishing port is now actively welcoming visitors.
We welcome feedback and we are already getting the first reports in from intrepid mariners already underway. We are looking forward to a busy Autumn trying to collate the inevitable changes and fallout from them. Our biggest difficulty is getting information sufficiently far in advance. Covid in particular has seen almost instantaneous changes to regulation and advice. Our task is to ensure that there is a reliable and accurate framework of data and information to allow skippers to react appropriately and safely in this rapidly changing environment.
We are sharpening our pencils in anticipation!
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