Author Archives: Jane Hyde

Preparing for the summer cruise

Steve Bockett, Ocean Safety Training Manager, helps sailors prepare for their summer cruises. During the summer many boat owners, with their families and friends, head off for a bit of a cruise. The traditional summer cruise is longer than the average weekend or overnight outing that most sailors undertake and needs quite a bit more planning. Starting with the route ...

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Carry on beer and bubbly

Tempting drinks for summer sun, plus why we do not need to worry about carbon dioxide. The news scare about a shortage of beers due to a shortage of manufactured carbon dioxide was serious overkill. All at Sea readers would, I hope, be well aware that when we talk fizzy in this column we are talking about naturally produced sparkling ...

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Check Clean Dry

Going abroad this summer? Do not bring back more than you bargained for! Kate Fortnam, The Green Blue Campaign Manager. Check Clean Dry Summer 2018 – help stop the spread of invasive species and diseases from abroad. If you are off in search of sunny weather and new waters this summer remember to Check, Clean, Dry to make sure you ...

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Universal Marina

Universal Marina is ideally situated for those wishing to spend less time travelling in the car and more time boating on the Solent, in one of England’s most sought-after destinations. Established in 70 acres of stunning woodlands and salt marshes, filled with a variety of wildlife, this picture-perfect location is exceptional for boating and is a unique working environment. Enjoy ...

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TEST OF SKILL AND SPEED

Thousands of young powerboating enthusiasts have been testing their skills on the throttle at clubs up and down the country in a bid to secure a spot at one of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship Area Finals.    The top drivers from each area heat go on to battle it out on the water to be crowned Area Champions ...

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RORC Channel Race Report

The 2018 Channel Race proved to be the windiest race of the RORC Season’s Points Championship to date, with competitors reporting gusts of up to 40 knots and a short sharp sea state for the blast to Beachy Head and back to the Solent. Effectively a 150 nautical mile windward leeward course, only three yachts retired with minor gear failure ...

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Thames Traditional Boat Festival

Thousands flocked to Henley on Thames to see the largest collection of classic river craft in Europe at the ruby anniversary Thames Traditional Boat Festival at the weekend. It is 40 years since the first festival at Fawley Meadows and it has grown into one of the biggest river and riverside events in the world. This year’s special occasion just built ...

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Kaskelot prepares to sail into Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour

The tall ship Kaskelot will be sailing into the historic port of Sutton Harbour at the beginning of August for a month-long stay in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City. The vessel is one of the largest wooden tall ships still in commission and has been a frequent visitor to the harbour in previous years. For the duration of this stay, the ...

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Marine Espadrilles

£115 (plus 25% discount for first-time purchasers) www.alicexglobal.com Bora by Alice X Global espadrilles are great for days spent at the yacht club, around the marina, at a regatta or on board a cruise ship. Inspired by marine hues, these espadrilles have a colour-splash of five differently coloured leather panels within one shoe. Each panel is made from butter-soft leather, and they also ...

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Performance padlocks

Padlocks from £49.95 Chain: £49.95 Lockmate cable: £19.95 www.smgeurope.com  SMG has launched an Oxford MARINEPROOF range of waterproof bags and performance padlocks. SMG and Oxford have been working together to develop new products with marine proof specifications. This first of these products are available: Oxford MARINEPROOF Dry Bag waterproof luggage range and Oxford MARINEPROOF Padlock range in stainless steel. The MARINEPROOF stainless steel ...

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