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21st March 2014 - SFCC Brunel Tower Webcam.



Due a recent Microsoft / Java licencing issue many have been unable to see the Control Panel.
This has now been sorted by changing how the Control Panel is displayed.
However, if you see a prompt to download either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers, then it is likely you are using an out of date Internet Explorer version. If this is the case for you then there are two options:-

1. Download Internet Explorer 11.

2. Download the latest version of either Chrome or Firefox. You won't necessarily need to make this your default browser, just use it solely for webcam access.

More good news is that iPhone / Tablet users should now also be able to see the Control Panel, though sadly not all operating systems are Adobe Flash compliant, and without this you won't see the camera view.
This obstacle is the next phase in getting everything together. Please watch this space.

Russ.
SFCC Publicity / Website Co-ordinator.

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6th December 2013 - SFCC Pontoon Project Information For Members.



Please click on the image above to view and/or download the document.

The Planning Application, and Associated Documents appertaining to this Pontoon Project can be accessed by clicking here.

Russ.
SFCC Publicity / Website Co-ordinator.

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19th December 2013 - SFCC / RYA First Aid Course.


We have one of these courses each year, and sadly they don't tend to be particularly well attended.

But our tutor, Keith Allmond is absolutely brilliant, and a very accomplished trainer.
I don't suggest I will ever get to save anyone's life as a result of 6 hours training, but I understand more now than I did.

The certificate can also be a First Aid at Work qualification too.

Russ.
SFCC Publicity / Website Co-ordinator.

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19th November 2013 - SFCC Brunel Tower Webcam.



We have experienced some downtime just recently, but hopefully karma has now been restored once again.

Russ.
SFCC Publicity / Website Co-ordinator.

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22nd August 2013 - Charity Kayak Paddle to Exeter.

Chris Brown-Martin and 3 others are currently kayaking around the South West Peninsula.

Their website is http://www.southwestkayakcharitychallenge.co.uk.

It seems as though their Facebook is probably the most up to date.
Here is a link to the Facebook page;

They are now in full swing and are due in the Exe on Friday 23rd August on the afternoon rising tide.
On Saturday 24th August they will complete their final leg into Exeter Quay from Turf Locks.
They would love as many local paddlers to join them for the final leg, and would like to encourage all paddlers to congregate at Turf Locks at 12.00.
There will be a band, "Revolving Door" playing as a final fund raiser, at The Port Royal, Exeter, during the afternoon.

Thank you.

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17th July 2013 - New Member Needs Help.


I am Nicholas Head.
I am a novice yachtsman, new member to SFCC, and am planning to launch my Snapdraggon 21 on the morning of 25/7 at Topsham.
24 hours later HW-1 I need to move her to her mooring opposite Powderham Castle and as this will be my first trip on the Exe, and in this boat, I dont think its a good idea to try it singlehanded.
Would an SFCC member, with good knowlege of this part of the river, be able to help as crew/pilot either or both days.
Once the yacht is safely moored, we can return to Topsham for pub lunch and drinks, which will be on me by way of thanks.
Please contact me for further details if you are interested in helping me out with this.

Nicholas Head on 07593619090, if I dont pick up please leave a msg or txt.
nickmeteor@googlemail.com
Thank you.

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26th June 2013 - Ionian Sea Cruise.


I am looking for at least one experienced crew from 27/28th June to 6th July for a trip from Gouvia in Corfu to the southern Ionian island of Zakinthos (aka Zante). I estimate that the trip is 160 miles and will take 7/8 days (with overnight stops). My other potential crew have had to drop out for various reasons. I am therefore inviting you and other SFCC members a sail in the Ionian Sea!

Food and drinks costs would be shared between us, but I would pay mooring charges, diesel and gas.

Yacht is a 1998 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 36.2 equipped with 27 HP Yanmar engine, all bed linen, towels, shower, fridge, etc.

I have RYA qualifications: Day Skipper Practical, Yachmaster Theory, International Certificate of Competence – I have been sailing/boating for about 40 years, but this is my first season in the Ionian Sea.

I am meeting a friend and his 2 boys on 6th July for a couple of weeks sailing around Zakinthos, so unfortunately you’d get thrown off (so to speak), at Zakinthos on the 6th July. So if any of you, or any other club members have the experience/interest and can afford the time, you/they could fly out to Corfu (I think there’s a Bristol to Corfu flight on Friday 28th June) and then either travel back to Corfu via ferries and the mainland or fly home from Zakinthos. Or, if you only had one week to spare you could be dropped off en route, e.g. Preveza, Lefkas (nearest airport to Lefkas is Preveza), Kefalonia …… I’m sure we could work something out that wouldn’t involve you in too much travel hassle.

So it would be great to have you/other SFCC members on all or part of the voyage. Partners/kids welcome too. A comfortable number on the boat is 5 (as long as 2 of the people can share a cabin!!). There are 3 double cabins and one person can sleep in the saloon.

You might want to phone me to discuss these options – try the UK mobile below.

If you/others fancy the trip contact me asap please ……. First come first served!!

Regards
David

12 Port Road, Dawlish, EX7 0NX.

t 0044 7813 808270 (UK: O2 mobile phone)
t 0030 6930 997932 (Greece: Wind mobile phone)
e david@droutledge.co.uk
skype: david.routledge61

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25th June 2013 - SFCC Brunel Tower Webcam Latest.



SFCC's Webcam remains online, but the control panel is not responding.

I will endeavour to have things sorted fairly soon.

Russ.
SFCC Publicity / Website Co-ordinator.

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20th February 2013 - SFCC Brunel Tower Webcam Latest.



SFCC's Webcam is back online, and all seems to be working good.
Much will appear the same as before, but the control movement should be easier to get on with.
You will now need Adobe Flash Player for the video stream, as well as Java for the controls.
Please remember to downloads updates for both of these.

Russ.
SFCC Publicity / Website Co-ordinator.

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29th January 2013 - Environment Agency Tidal Defence Consultation.


Click to enlarge the poster below, or go to www.environment-agency.gov.uk/exe/estuary

Russ.
SFCC Publicity / Website Co-ordinator.
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28th January 2013 - SFCC Brunel Tower Webcam Latest.



SFCC's Webcam has been temporarily taken offline.
The good news is it appears to be a PC / software problem, and not a camera issue.
I will endeavour to have things sorted fairly soon.

Russ.
SFCC Publicity / Website Co-ordinator.

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28th January 2013 - Chemical Anti-foul Remover.

Would any member who has experience of using chemical anti fouling stripper please contact me with details.
Thank you.
Regards, Tony Coleman. (Pieta). anthonyjcoleman@btinternet.com

Also, if anybody has borrowed my dinghy oars would they please return them to my rack, No4, in the Ashes Quay shed, and e-mail me accordingly. Thank you.

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7th January 2013 - All Year Round Boat Insurance.

I was wondering whether any fellow members could suggest an insurance company that insures boats that stay all-year on a swing mooring at Starcross?
Mine insisted my Westerly Centaur goes into a marina or out of the water altogether, but there are some very nice looking boats that stay out all year, supposedly too nice for the owners to be not insuring them.

Many thanks in advance

Colin Poole.
townclerk@exmouth.gov.uk

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SFCC Starcross Webcam Latest 16th March 2012.



Brunel Tower Webcam is once again available online, and all seems to be working fine.
Control commands behave slightly differently than with the previous one, but I'm sure you'll get used to it.
Some adjustment of the settings at this end are still to be made, but this will only create a minimum of downtime.

Russ.
SFCC Publicity / Website Co-ordinator.

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SFCC Starcross Webcam Latest 21st February 2012.

We have now purchased our next generation webcam, and construction of the new mounting pole is currently under way.
Following on from this we will need to do the necessary power and computer connections, along with the rather tedious set up process.
But at least things are moving on, and the thinking is the camera will be up and running by the time boats start arriving on to their moorings.

Russ.
SFCC Publicity / Website Co-ordinator.

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Christmas Wishes 20th December 2011.

A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to all my friends, (and everyone else), at Starcross Fishing and Cruising Club.
See you all next sailing season.
Best Regards,
Tony Coleman, Pieta.

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SFCC Starcross Webcam Latest 16th December 2011.

Following on from the recent shutdown of our webcam, it transpires we will be needing a new camera.
I am currently looking into which to purchase, mindful of the fact we want something that will compare to the quality we have all become accustomed to.
It is likely to be a while longer yet, before a camera is online again.

Russ.
SFCC Publicity / Website Co-ordinator.

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SFCC Starcross Webcam

Unfortunately the webcam recently suffered a total shut down. Initially it was a control issue, but this developed quite quickly into total power failure.
I've not had the opportunity to inspect the unit up to now, but things will get done as soon as I am able.
Dry weather is essential for this, as disconnection of the unit isn't particularly easy.

Russ.
SFCC Publicity / Website Co-ordinator.

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14/01/11 Hugh's Fish Fight

Recently highlighted on TV by Hugh Fernley Whittingstall, here's a link to a webpage where you can chose to vote for change.
Thank you to Pete Harmer for sending on this information.


Russ.
SFCC Publicity / Website Co-ordinator.
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19/07/10 SFCC Webcam Breakdown

SFCC's Interactive Webcam is now back online.
Hopefully it will behave itself and remain so for some time.
Preset positions will now likely be slightly different than before, and may also change in the next week too as I get to adjust things a little further.


Russ.
SFCC Publicity / Website Co-ordinator.
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17/07/10 SFCC Webcam Breakdown

SFCC's Webcam is still out of service, but has now been repaired and is hopefully looking good.
Presets, as well as pan limits need to be reconfigured so the camera is not back online at this time.
Monday 19th July, or maybe Tuesday 20th is the plan. Thank you everyone for your patience.

In the meantime we are displaying the latest panorama photo of the Exe Estuary, as seen from the top of the Brunel Tower.


Russ.
SFCC Publicity / Website Co-ordinator.
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22/06/10 SFCC Webcam Breakdown

SFCC's webcam is currently out of service due to an internal mechanical failure.
Unfortunately broken parts also managed to damage a circuit board.
Repairs are still being looked into at the moment, and it is hoped things will be sorted fairly soon.

In the meantime we are displaying the latest panorama photo of the Exe Estuary, as seen from the top of the Brunel Tower.


Russ.
SFCC Publicity / Website Co-ordinator.
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29/09/09 Bottlenose Dolphins in Lyme Bay

A nice photo of a Dolphin is always so difficult to get - but take enough and sooner or later you might just get lucky.
I only got the 1 good one, out of 17, by the way.

                   

Click image No.4 to go large.
Pictures by Russ on "Devon Maid", Sandy Bay, September 29th 2009.

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10/08/09 SFCC Webcam Viewing Angle Changes

Subsequent to a discussion at the General Committee Meeting of 5th Aug 2009 the viewing angle (pan) of our webcam has now been adjusted slightly.
Members comments re. considered railway enthusiast over-usage of the camera were accepted.
It will now no longer be possible for anyone to zoom-in on the Starcross Railway Station, platform, passengers or halting trains.

Any relevant comments to me please. SFCC Webmail  (bruneltower@aol.com)
Russ.
SFCC Publicity / Website Co-ordinator.

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22/05/09 SFCC Webcam v's Railway Enthusiasts
A General Committee View -
Subsequent to some concerns about apparent misuse of SFCC's Webcam the situation was recently discussed at a General Committee meeting.
Several options were talked about and I have drafted a page which represents the General Committees view on the matter.
Webcam Usage Document

Russ.
SFCC Publicity / Website Co-ordinator.

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07/04/09 - From David Sweeting
A Thank You Note -
We have very recently joined the Club and attended two evening meetings. Each time we have been made very welcome, thank you.

We recently moved our boat to a mooring NE of the Club, half way to Powderham Castle. I understand that my genoa started to unfurl. Somebody, probably from the club, bothered to go on board and tidy up the situation and leave things safe.

Thank you very much to whoever it was. David & Suzie.

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21/11/08 - From Andy Bailey
Fishing Comps Next Year-
Just a thought but would you be able to let people know through the site that I will be fishing ALL comps next year, and if anybody would like to join me I have plenty of room aboard.
Cheers Andy ('GYPSY').
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11/08/08 - From Bill Searles
'Railway Enthusiasts' vs SFCC Webcam-
As a new member this year I find the web cam to be invaluable. I live 30 miles away and it is so easy to check waterline level and weather state etc before I come down to my boat.
A brilliant facility!
However, I have noticed more and more that I am having to queue for longer and longer, or unable to get on the camera. I have tried several times this weekend and find that whilst I'm waiting the camera is focused only on the railway line, swinging from one side to the other, but always on the railway line. Could this be trainspotters? Has any one else noticed this? it would be interesting to hear any comments from other members.

Regards, Bill Searles.

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13/07/07 - From Russ - SFCC Publicity / Website Co-Ordinator

Brunel Interactive Webcam-

Over the last few months we have administered some changes regarding how our webcam video stream has been uploaded to the internet. Unfortunately, on occasions the service has been less than you might expect, and I apologise for that.
The club, just recently, has been able to upgrade to an Upto 8Mb Broadband connection, which will hopefully mean a better and more reliable service for everyone in the future.

Now and again maintenance and upgrading of our equipment is likely, and whilst I'll try and minimise any offline time, I ask that you are patient if things don't appear to be working normally.
You remain of course welcome to e-mail me at any time if you are having difficulties with any aspect of SFCC's website.    SFCC Webmail  (bruneltower@aol.com)

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13/07/07 - From Gabi and Cliff 'Courtesy of Exe'.
Personal Safety on the Water-
A recent incident on the Exe serves to remind us all of our extreme vulnerability when on the water, and that even the most experienced fisherman or yachtsman is not immune from making a mistake that could result in a similar tragic accident. Cliff and I have made many wonderful, experienced and knowledgable friends at the club, who have helped to make our first few seasons of boating such a pleasure, often going the extra mile for us and giving endless free advice and help along the way. It is devastating to imagine how sad we would all be to lose any of our dear friends in this way. And my heart goes out to the family of this unfortunate man.

While on a fishing holiday in Norway last year, one of the things we were impressed by was that the local harbour authority would routinely tour the area checking the little vessels in and around the fjords, to make sure all on board were wearing lifejackets. Indeed the accepted culture was to do so.

My hope in writing this is not to offend anyone, or to tick anyone off, but to get more SFCC members wearing their life jackets, complete with crotch straps, when on the water (especially when in our dinghies), or when outside the relative safety of the cockpits of our boats.

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23/05/07 - From Russ - Website Administrator
The Brunel Tower Webcam has been fully operational now for some time, and is proving to be very popular. It is undoubtedly a little gem. Views out over the river, and of the boats, are simply terrific.


19/03/07 - From Russ - Website Administrator
Active control software is still, as yet, unsorted for our webcam. I apologise for my previous optomism. Hopefully we will have what we are looking for soon.
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23/02/07 - From Russ - Website Administrator
The BBC Webcam on top of Brunel Tower has recently been replaced by one of our own. The new live interactive PTZ camera is installed and working, but unfortunately isn't as fully operational as we would like yet.
I anticipate the camera control software and internet connection will be in harmony within the next two weeks.
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23/01/07 - From Malcolm and Kate Trott - 'Cirrus Cat'
We now live in London, but do miss all our friends in Devon.
We are sailing in the Medway and around the South East.
Doubless we shall return one day. Best wishes to those who know us.
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