Update: Bramblenet is now transmitting data again after temporary repairs – permanent repairs will take place later in the year.

Original Post: For water users in the Solent, the Chimet Weather Stations provide accurate, live weather data from 4 locations.
Southampton Dockhead – http://www.sotonmet.co.uk
Bramble Bank – http://www.bramblemet.co.uk
Chichester Harbour –
Hayling Bay – http://www.chimet.co.uk

Unfortunately for the past couple of weeks, the Bramble Bank Weather Station has been out of action due to damage caused by a collision with an unknown vessel.

The Chimet Support Group who organised and set up the weather stations are working hard to repair the damage which is proving to be a costly and difficult exercise, particularly given the recent strong winds. They appear to be close to a temporary fix which is fantastic news, however would welcome donations to aid the expense of the repairs.

The Bramblenet website has the following statement:

We regret that data from Bramblemet is currently unavailable.
This is due to serious damage to the weather station and solar panels caused by an unidentified vessel (In all likelihood a sailing yacht). Repairs are likely to be lengthy and very expensive, although it remains our intention that they will be undertaken as soon as possible.

All vessels are reminded of their obligation to report any navigational incidents in the Port of Southampton to the Harbour Master. Had this happened in this case, temporary repairs may have been possible before the Round the Island Race.

Donations to assist with the cost of repairs will be appreciated. Please send cheques (payable to Solentmet Support Group) to:-

The Hon Treasurer, Solentmet Support Group
17 Lynch Down
PO18 9LR

I will keep readers posted with updates as I hear about them and would encourage any regular users of the Chimet System to consider a donation, however small.