The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 was one of the less advertised measures introduced by the last Labour Government ultimately receiving the Royal Assent in November 2009.
Concern obviously is now being focused on the likely outcome of the Brexit vote and what consequences that may have for the English Leisure Marine Industry.
Queries obviously are raised as to what effect the potential departure from the EU may have upon the average English yachtsman. In the most part, the principal impact of the EU has been to harmonise standards (Recreational Craft Directives and the Icomia Standards being a classic example of the benefits of an EU/International body addressing such issues).
With the recent dramatic passing of Storm Imogen it was interesting to note at least two large cruisers firmly wedged against the high water springs point in Bosham Channel a couple of days back indicating either that their mooring had parted or that they had dragged their ground tackle such was the strength of the wind even in the comparative shelter of Chichester Harbour. Fortunately both were promptly retrieved on the next tide, hopefully without damage.