Queen's Harbour Master Plymouth
Plymouth Sound - Direction - Gipsy Moth Arrival and Air Display
LNTM No 29/17
1. This is a direction by the Queen’s Harbour Master Plymouth pursuant to the Dockyard Port of Plymouth Order 1999. It is issued jointly with The Cattewater Harbour Commissioners and Harbour Master.
2. An event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Sir Francis Chichester’s return to Plymouth following his solo circumnavigation will take place in Plymouth Sound on Sunday 28 May 17. The programme will include local yachts escorting the yacht Gipsy Moth across the Sound to West Hoe, followed by a flypast and aerobatic display by Gipsy Moth aircraft. This PLNTM gives information of timings for the steam past, air display and traffic control, and directs mariners accordingly.
Sun 28 May
1000 – 1045 Escort flotilla assembles in vicinity of Kildare Rock Buoy
1050 Gipsy Moth and escort flotilla commence passage under engine
1125 Flotilla arrives off West Hoe
1130 Giles Chichester lands at West Hoe Steps
1145 – 1215 Air Display Area closed to all vessels
1150 – 1155 Gipsy Moth flypast
1200 – 1210 Gipsy Moth aerobatic display
1215 Displays complete - restrictions lifted
4. Flotilla Steam Past
a. Vessels participating in the escort flotilla will be assembling in the vicinity of Kildare Rock Buoy from 1000. Gipsy Moth will commence passage under engine at approximately 1050 and follow a track across Plymouth Sound to the Mount Batten Breakwater and then across the front of the Hoe to West Hoe Pier.
b. The escort flotilla will be co-ordinated on VHF Channel 72.
c. Once Gipsy Moth has landed Giles Chichester at West Hoe Steps all escort vessels will need to clear the area in order for the air display to commence.
5. Air Display Area. The area as shown on the chart extract at Annex A:
a. Air Display Area (1145 – 1215) - An area in front of The Hoe and the Cattewater bounded in the Sound by Eastern King Point, Drake’s Island eastern shore and Dunstone Point and in the Cattewater, by a line from Fisher’s Nose and the eastern end of Mount Batten Breakwater.
b. No vessel can remain within these restricted areas in Plymouth Sound and Cobbler Channel either underway or at anchor during the closed period listed above.
6. Spectator areas
a. Spectators afloat may view the displays clear of the activated area.
b. Official steward craft will patrol the area boundaries and invite spectators or other craft to remain clear of the Air Display Area. Steward craft will display a blue flag.
c. Policing craft will be in attendance to direct vessels to keep clear if necessary. Mariners are reminded that failure to comply with official direction by the Officers of the Queen’s Harbour Master, which includes MOD Police Officers, Cattewater Harbour Master, and Sutton Harbour Lock keepers, may result in prosecution.
7. Vessel Traffic Control
a. All mariners are to note and observe the restrictions on movement in the paragraphs below.
b. During the air display access to Plymouth Sound from the Plym, Sutton Harbour or the Cattewater will be suspended. Mariners wishing to proceed to seaward of the Air Display Areas are advised to do so in sufficient time before the start of the displays. Sutton Lock will be closed for the duration of the displays.
c. Throughout the displays, access to/from seaward for small craft to/from the Hamoaze and River Tamar is permitted passing through The Bridge channel.