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NCI Exmouth, April Newsletter


National PR Officer News

The final design of the 2005 NCI National web site has been released to Jon Gifford, Chairman for Trustees final comments. When finished, which should be by mid April,a National Fundraising campaign co-ordinated by NCI chairman, Jon Gifford with support of our Trustee’s will be put in place.

The next stage of the marketing campaign will be to commit to a corporate brochure based on the 2005 web site graphics and art work. This brochure will be designed to carry NCI into the boardroom of potential sponsors and Charity Funding Organisations.

This part of the marketing strategy will be subject to Chairman and trustees agreement and approval.


>>> For the time being news on National PR, Marketing & Media will feature on our web site, nciexmouth.org.uk


New Patron for NCI Exmouth 


We are pleased to announce that John Hibbard K007 has agreed to be one of NCI Exmouth’s Patrons and will join our other two famous Patrons, former world F1 Champion, Nigel Mansell OBE and Judi Spiers of BBC Radio Devon. John is one of the UK top windsurfing stars and lives locally at Dawlish. John brings a wealth of editorial and media skills in water sport related programmes and is well known to all local, national and the international windsurfing community.


Starboard/Waterfront Sports Evening in Support of NCI Exmouth

John will present a Tushingham/Starboard evening called “Around the World for a Fiver” in conjunction with Waterfront Sports, Exmouth. The date is April 28th venue, the Exe Sailing Club starting at 7:30. For full details and to book a place please contact Pete or Paul on 01395 276599 or visit www.waterfront-sports.co.uk.

We believe that Pete of Waterfront Sports will use the evening to raise additional funds for NCI’s web cam project, which can be viewed on www.nciexmouth.org.uk. We are extremely grateful to John, Pete and Paul for organising this event.


>>> Full details of the event will follow in April’s newsletter


Media Coverage, March

Now that phase 2 of the web cam project is completed, all press releases have been sent to Radio, Press, Watersport Magazines and sponsors. To date we have a editorial in Boards, Windsurf, BBC Radio Devon with flyers being given to Chandlers and Water Sports shops in Exmouth.

We have are finished the editorial regarding NCI at national level, NCI Exmouth and the web cam project. The editorial will feature in the spring/summer editions of Boards, Windsurf & Kitesurfer magazines, Devon Life & other related editorials from June to September


>>> Further details will follow in May/June/July's newsletter


Web Page & Web Cam http://www.nciexmouth.org.uk

NCI Exmouth, Official Press Release

The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is a voluntary organisation set up in 1994 to restore a visual watch along UK shores after many small Coastguard stations were closed due to Government cutbacks. NCI is a registered charity (1045645) controlled by a board of Trustees with a Constitution agreed by the Charities Commission.

Since 1994, NCI has set up visual watch stations at 28 locations along the coast, from Lands End in the South West to Hartlepool in the North East.

NCI Exmouth is one of the busiest stations in the network, which, in 2004, recorded in excess of 9,500 boat and water sport movements with 32 incidents, (life or injury threatening) reported to HM Coastguard.

To celebrate National Coastwatch Institution’s 10th anniversary, NCI Exmouth has installed a revised website, a new dedicated web cam, a weather station & statistical data base allowing all those who use the coast for water sports to consider whether the sea conditions are within their abilities. By providing these facilities, we hope to significantly reduce the need for Lifeboat & Coastguard call-outs.

NCI Exmouth was able to install the web cam and data and ensure it was fully operational by March 2005 with the support of Branch Patron & Former F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell OBE, of Woodbury Park Hotel Golf & County Club, and new Patron John Hibbard K007 and Judy Spiers of BBC Radio Devon. Additional donations from East Devon District Council, Exmouth Town Council, Waterfront Sports and other leading local businesses were also received or promised which have enabled these facilities to be purchased and installed.

The revised web site, web cam and data pack, which costs over £3K, is a single unit with a four positional viewing format covering the area out into Lyme Bay covering Orcombe Point to the Exe Estuary. The Met Office has given additional information to our existing weather package including shipping forecast, inshore waters forecast, observations page, plus a link to Marine Call.

The weather data pack will be used for educational purposes at local schools in the area, with St Peters School, Lympstone, the first to use the data for a year 7 & 8 project, and it will be presented to parents, teaching staff and pupils later in the year.

For further information on NCI Exmouth and web cam facility contact www.nciexmouth.org.uk

>>> Further news on the web cam project will follow in May’s Newsletter


Official Launch of the Web Site & Cam Facility

We still wait a date for the official launch the web site & cam facility. It is planned to have the event at the Exmouth Pavilion, subject to date availability, with invited guests including sponsors, local dignitaries, RNLI. MCA, emergency services, boat and water sport users being able to see the project first hand, visit the lookout and meet members of NCI Exmouth


>>> Further details on the official Launch Day will follow as soon as the date is confirmed.


Membership News

NCI Exmouth like all NCI 26 stations rely on volunteers to provide Winter & Summer cover. During the winter months Visual watches are carried out at week-ends only, (excluding Bank Holidays), but from late May to mid September watches are increased to seven days a week. At the time of print our membership secretary has confirmed NCI Exmouth has 53 members.

If you want to visit the NCI lookout find out more about NCI and what watchkeepers do on duty then feel free to drop in to NCI Exmouth’s look-out The Tower, we are opposite the RNLI Lifeboat Station at the back of the Harbour View Café. Visiting times are Saturday and Sunday 10:30 to 12:15 and 13:30 to 15:00 or contact the Tower direct on 01395 222492


 >>> If you want to find out more about joining NCI Exmouth please contact www.nciexmouth.org.uk.


John Hibbard K007 Supporting National Coastwatch Institution & Exmouth

Being one of our Patrons, John will be carrying the NCI Exmouth logo on his sails during UK Wavesailing events and Starboard/Tushingham demo days. John will continue to write this monthly newsletter for the NCI Exmouth Web Site plus a monthly slot going into the new National Web Site. The newsletter John writes will be aimed at the younger end of the web site viewers and hopefully increase the awareness of NCI and the work it does in support of all water sport users.

John’s newsletter gives an insight into the life of a top professional windsurfer and is already a firm favourite on NCI Exmouth’s Web Site.

John is our top South West Windsurfer finishing 5th place in the 2004 UK Rankings & 20th on the 2004 PWA World Tour.


>>> A full round-up John’s latest travels will follow in each month’s newsletter


>>>  Click on the picture of John to read his newsletter & view photo’s which can be used as wallpaper or screen savers

For news items please contact Roger Vernon, NCI Exmouth PR & Marketing Officer at roger.vernon1@btopenworld.com.
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