Author Archives: Jane Hyde

Great Circle Hits Gold in Musical Extravaganza

A tribute to the triumph and tragedy of the Golden Globe Race took place at the National Maritime Museum in November, a fitting venue for a choral production about one of the most talked about yacht races of all time. Of the nine sailors who took part in the 1968 Golden Globe Race only one returned to be the first person ...

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The Offshore Academy is GREAT…..

The Offshore Academy, Britain’s only centre of excellence for single and shorthanded yacht racing, has been recognised by the National GREAT Britain campaign for its expertise in providing pathways to professional sailing. Joining the campaign under the ‘Sport is GREAT’ message The Offshore Academy will sit alongside other British sporting Greats such as; Wimbledon, The Premier League, Lewis Hamilton and ...

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Record numbers clean up in 25th Great British Beach Clean

Results show community clean-ups have made a dent in beach litter figures this year, but charity stresses this masks a growing plastic litter trend The Marine Conservation Society says their Great British Beach Clean, run in partnership with Waitrose, was the biggest mass participation beach clean and survey event the UK has ever witnessed. The charity says the event, held ...

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Safeguarding the future

RYA encourages its 112,000 members to contact local MPs to highlight recreational boating issues. Following a summer of discontent over the Chequers proposal, it seemed that the Government was finally making progress in its negotiations with the EU as national leaders prepared to gather for the European Council meeting in Salzburg in September. In the weeks leading up to the ...

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REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL

Colourful beer cans and craftily strong spirits to keep yours up through the festive season. New ‘craft’ beers from young entrepreneurs offer new flavours and styles from the USA and Europe. The favoured packaging seems to be cans branded with bold and colourful Banksy-style artworks or stark industrial minimalist graphics. Collectively in-store they create a cheerful burst of colour which ...

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Lake Yard Marina

With uninterrupted views across Poole Harbour towards Brownsea Island, Arne and the rolling Purbeck hills beyond, Lake Yard Marina in Hamworthy is not only charmingly friendly but also ideally situated in one of the south’s busiest nautical playgrounds. Located on the north western edge of Poole Harbour, Lake Yard is a compact marina dock owned by the Culpan family since ...

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Disposing of your unused flares safely

Alistair Hackett, managing director of Ocean Safety, advises why flares need to be disposed of correctly, and to go about doing so. The majority of distress flares carried on board all types of vessels are never likely to be used.  They are, after all, only for an emergency, and it is, in fact, illegal to let them off for any ...

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Greek Cruising Tax postponed thanks to CA intervention

The Greek Government announced on November 16 that it had implemented the TEPAH, commonly known as the Greek Cruising Tax. Initially it gave vessel owners just 10 days to pay the tax, but thanks to intervention from the Cruising Association (CA) this date has now been delayed to April 2, 2019. To date there is no information on how the ...

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Young OnBoarders awarded boats and boards by JMST

Twelve promising sailors and windsurfers will benefit from new boats and boards, thanks to the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST) and RYA OnBoard partnership. The delighted dozen, who hail from across the UK, have been awarded exclusive use of their own boat or windsurfing board for the next two years.  It will then go to their club for other junior ...

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