Winner of the 2018 David Eyre Trophy from the Dufour Association is Art Whitehead. The David Eyre Trophy is awarded by the Association Committee for the best article published in Dufour News during the year. The article “A Steep Learning Curve” was an example to us all and maybe reminds us all of our first steps in sailing!
The UK Government (HMRC) has lost its case at the European Court of Justice regarding the use of red diesel. Its case was that leisure vessels were allowed to use red diesel as part was used for heating rather than propulsion. This meant that UK leisure sailors could use this cheaper fuel and that marinas and harbours need not stock red diesel for commercial vessels and unmarked diesel for leisure vessels.
What this means remains to be seen as it depends on what harbours choose to supply and what effect the UK’s departure from the EU might mean in the longer term.
One might say “watch this space”.