Penzance - QAVS

Welcome to NCI Penzance Lookout Station

NCI Penzance is a recipient of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

NCI Penzance was established in the derelict Gunnery Observation Tower at Chyandour in 2002.  The tower is not in a romantic position, being just above the railway station, but has excellent visibility over most of Mounts Bay, particularly Penzance Harbour and the popular windsurfing and kitesurfing beaches towards Marazion.

Visitor Policy
Visitors are normally most welcome at the lookout although, when an incident is ongoing, this may not always be convenient and the duty watchkeeper may ask visitors to call back later.
Operational capability
This station has Declared Facility Status
This station reports to CGOC Falmouth
Current weather and sea conditions are available by telephone and VHF Channel 65 during watch hours
Defibrillator Available: 
No
Station Telephone: 
01736 367063
Visual Watch: 
Yes
Radar Watch: 
No
NAVTEX: 
Yes
AIS Watch: 
Yes
CCTV Watch: 
No
DSC Watch: 
Yes
Radio: Listening watch on channels: 
12
16
67
Radio: Channels in use (call direct not via ch 16): 
65
Radio: Channel 00: 
Listening watch and ready to transmit as authorised by Coastguard
Station Call Sign: 
Penzance NCI
Other Watch Information: 
For Radio Checks, inshore forecast and present weather,sea conditions and local information call direct on vhf ch.65
Visual Horizon: 
8.5 nautical miles

Station Info

Station Address
Chyandour Barracks
Chyandour Cliff
Penzance
TR18 3LH
Station telephone number
01736 367063
Station email address
Station contact
Dave Stevens
Station contact role
Station Manager
01736 362114
Summer opening
Open from: 
08:00
Open until: 
17:00
Days: 
Every Day
Notes: 
Summer watches are kept from the start of BST. Summer watches are extended from 17:00 to 20:00 Friday to Sunday where Watchkeeper availability allows.
Winter opening
Open from: 
08:00
Open until: 
16:00
Days: 
Every Day
Notes: 
Winter watches begin at the end of BST.
Location
Latitude: 
50° 7.35' N
Longitude: 
5° 31.86' W
OS Reference: 
SW 478 309
Station Elevation: 
65'/19.80 metres
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Visual features of station
The station is a white painted old War Department Range Finder Tower inland of the main road and has a flagstaff. Access to the Tower is gained from Chyandour Cliff via a steep inclined road located between the row of terraced cottages. There is a left turn signposted on the wall HM CoastGuard and the Tower can be seen. Car parking is available,and vehicles should be parked outside the Cornwall Army Cadet Detachment Building. DO NOT BLOCK ACCESS TO THE COAST GUARD RESCUE STATION AT ANY TIME !

About

Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2500 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Rossall  Point in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.

Contact


General enquiries
0300 111 1202

Media enquiries
0845 460 1202


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17 Dean Street, Liskeard,
Cornwall, PL14 4AB