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NCI Watches etc. - 2016
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This is a summary record of my NCI watch keeping periods and other NCI activities kept for my own records. Watches which also have a entry in the main diary pages or have a photo album are marked with the symbol.

Summary of NCI Watches and other activities
(the index to people is password protected)
1st Jan
15 Watch (08-11) with JA; New Years Day!
3rd Jan
16 Watch (11-14) with JS,BD; wet and windy, then clearance, had assessment sheets approved, CG from NMOC visited  [photo]
8th Jan
17 Watch (11-14) with SB; uneventful apart from a container ship without any containers!  [photo album]
21st Jan
18 Watch (11-14) booked with RR, MC, ended up AR and MC!
27nd Jan
19 Watch (14-17) BH and PeB; rain, Hythe bypass flooded
30th Jan
3rd watch Keeper training session at Scout Hut, Dibden Purlieu (0915 - 1230)
5th Feb
20 Watch (11-14) AW ; incident, kite surfer lost board near Calshot Spit light-float with car carrier approaching
6th Feb
21 Watch (14-17) PeB, HC, YR; YR and I qualified as Watch Keepers
20th Feb
22 Watch (11-14) WM, DW windy SK2 canting keel sail boat capsized twice with asym set but were fully in control
27th Feb
23 Watch (11-14) WM; cold but sunny, J/24 (?) class racing  [photo album]
13th Mar
24 Watch (14-17) BC; acted as watch leader for first time, no incidents but watched lone kayak cross from Calshot to Hamble
24th Mar
25 Watch (11-14) ID,AK; first time with AK!
27th Mar
26 Watch (12-16) JS, RP; RP doing training while I watched - no incidents  [photo album]
28th Mar
27 Watch (12-16) TC, ID; storm 'Katie' came through previous night with surge - castle moat full! Talked to CAC person in ticket office re English Heritage web site and life saving gear  [photo album]
3rd April
28 Watch (12-16) TP, RP; TP was on Itchen Marine tugs and knows Rich
10th April
29 Watch (12-16) RP; me as only Wr in charge!  [see 10th April entry]
17th April
30 Watch (12-16) GC, RP; a Swallow Yachts BRe (no.38) launched from Calshot, also a 18 foot skiff, ...and a gaff rigged Mirror  [photo album]
24th April
31 Watch (12-16) PC & RP;
1st May
32 Watch (12-16) ST & WM; the Swallow Yachts BRe was out again and in a better wind  [photo album]
8th May
33 Watch (12-16) RP; An 18' skiff and a junk rigged cruiser!  [photo album]
9th May
- Marine Branch Police lecture at OS HQ
15th May
34 Watch (12-16) PB; the Jolie Brise came close to the Tower under sail.  [photo album]
22nd May
35 Watch (08-12) RNLI exercise with TM,TC,TP,JS (+ID)  [see 22nd May entry]
29th May
36 Watch (12-16) ST,PF; Jet Ski Collision  [see 29th May entry]
5th June
37 Watch (12-16) RP; calm, Shieldhall and the Junk sailed ketch  [photo album]
12th June
38 Watch (12-16) RP,TC; fishing boat stole mooring?  [photo album]
19th June
39 Watch (12-16) HC,PC; Margaret Yelland visited the Tower to see what it's like  [photo album]
3rd July
40 Watch (12-16) TC,RP; the flag was dipped for the Shieldhall  [photo album]
7th July
- Visit to NMOC, Fareham (host Dan Winter)
10th July
41 Watch (12-16) AB,PF; RNLI day, 4 incidents  [see 10th July entry]
16th July
- First Aid course 0900 - 1300, Scout Hut.
17th July
42 Watch (12-16) AB,RP; visited Castle before watch  [photo album]
23rd July
43 Watch (16-20) IB,IH; 2 cruise liners  [see 23-24 July entry]
24th July
44 Watch (12-16) WM,PF; Hamble Lifeboat cox'n visit  [see 23-24 July entry]
31st July
45 Watch (12-16) AB,RP; injured yachtsman photos  [photo album]
7th Aug
46 Watch (12-16) TC; Cowes week!  [photo album]
14th Aug
47 Watch (12-16) TJ,SR; saw seal but frightened by jet skis  [photo album]
21st Aug
48 Watch (12-16) BR,AK; quiet, then squall created incident(s)  [see 21st Aug entry]
28th Aug
49 Watch (12-16) RP,PC; paddle boarder crossed to Hamble - informed SP  [photo album]
3rd Sept
- Hamble Harbour Sea Safety Day with Ian Davis  [see 3rd Sept entry]
4th Sept
50 Watch (12-16) RP,TC  [see 4th Sept entry]
11th Sept
51 Watch (12-16) BR; overdue kayak found at Ashlett Slip, Kayaker turned up at Calshot RNLI!  [photo album]
16th Sept
- NCI stand at the Boat Show  [see 16th Sept entry]
18th Sept
52 Watch (12-16) TC, RP; relatively quiet watch  [photo album]
22nd Sept
53 Watch (12-16) AB,CD, DB, quiet Thursday watch, Lord Nelson passed  [photo]
25th Sept
54 Watch (12-16) PC; kite surfer in water near Hill Head, yacht aground towards Bald Head, yacht with rigging failure south of the Bramble!  [photo album]
2nd Oct
55 Watch (12-16) TC,RP a very quiet watch for a change!  [two photos]
9th Oct
56 Watch (12-16) DB,BH a guy learning to sail a foiling Moth kept capsizing and at one time got close to the shipping channel  [photo album]
16th Oct
56 Watch (12-16) TM,RP some spectacular showers with rainbows, otherwise quiet  [photo album]
19th Oct
- NCI Calshot AGM at OS HQ
23rd Oct
57 Watch (12-16) TM,TC; misty quiet watch - panpan near IoW but out of sight; Lord Nelson with wheelchair person on bowsprit.  [photo]
30th Oct
58 Watch (11-14) TM,RP  [photo album]
6th November
59 Watch (11-14) JS; catamaran capsized near SP and they informed CG. We told CG that cat was OK but Hamble LB called out anyway.
13th Nov
60 Watch (11-14) RP,PC, quiet watch - VHF mayday but outside our area
20th Nov
61 Watch (11-14) RP,TM, very quiet watch - Calshot IRB rescued a pallet with direction from the Tower as we came on watch, nothing after that
27th Nov
62 Watch (11-14) DC,TJ, Hamble LB called us on 65 but did not hear reply. Mayday from Kayak 1nm off Elmore slipway which turns out to be the Angling Club at Lee. Was picked up by HMS Smiker and transferred by Rescue 104 to Soton General
28th Nov
- Watch Leader training at OS HQ
4th Dec
63 Watch (11-14) AB, quiet watch
11th Dec
64 Watch (11-14) RP,calm day, quiet watch
18th Dec
65 Watch (11-14) RP,PC foggy day, previous watch had broken down jet ski who was lost in fog off Lee - towed in by Calshot IRB; quiet watch
26th Dec
66 Watch (11-14) SC; Boxing Day - as we took over a car was reported "in the water" at Calshot. Turned out to be in the dyke alonside the road. Hamble lifeboat attended! I had to write incident report for Ford Focus!

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