Author Archives: Jane Hyde

Chichester Marina

Its setting in the beauty of a natural harbour and picturesque countryside makes Chichester Marina a wonderful destination.  Chichester Marina was one of the first marinas to be constructed in Britain, opening in the mid-1960s. It is the UK’s second largest marina, but its peaceful backdrop of stunning countryside and low key architecture gives it a marked air of tranquillity. ...

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The new Muscadet?

This month try a Picpoul de Penet, a zingy alternative to Muscadet. Picpoul de Penet dry white wine from France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region is beginning to get noticed and, as it rises into favour, we are seeing a modest increase in brands available on our supermarket shelves. Some commentators call it the ‘new Muscadet’. Picpoul translates literally, I am told, as ...

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Learning to Fly

The adrenaline rush of flying across the water takes sailing and windsurfing to dizzy new heights, and now thanks to the RYA it is open to anyone. Here is how you can get involved. Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you will know that foiling is the coolest thing to have happened to sailing in years. Where foiling ...

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Get ready to Push the Boat Out

The countdown is ON with just under a week to go until the start of May when you and your family can get out on the water and try sailing and windsurfing. Throughout the whole Month, there are nearly 400 sailing venues across the UK opening their doors and running free or low cost Push the Boat Out ‘have a ...

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Not Guilty manslaughter verdict returned following the loss of the Cheeki Rafiki

Today at Winchester Crown Court, yacht manager Doug Innes was found not guilty on four charges of gross negligence manslaughter. Andrew Bridge (22) from Surrey, James Male (22) from Hampshire, Steve Warren (52) and Paul Goslin (56), both from Somerset, all died when the Cheeki Rafiki capsized in May 2014 while returning across the Atlantic Ocean to Southampton from Antigua ...

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Sami smashes marathon fundraising target for national maritime charity

The Grants Manager of national maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, has raised more than £1,400 for the organisation, having completed Sunday’s gruelling London Marathon. Sami Raeburn completed the course in the hottest marathon on record in five hours and 12 minutes, comfortably surpassing her £1,000 fundraising target in the process. On her achievement, Sami said: “I am so proud ...

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How technology is changing standard products into multi-functional safety aids

Tom Harrop, product manager at Exposure Lights, discusses smart lighting and safety. As well as being able to summon an Uber taxi or your dry-cleaning service on land, rapid changes in mobile technology has made its impact on boating safety. These advances are helping boaters access lower cost safety and navigation aids. Mobile APPs with navigation data have been available ...

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RYA alerts boaters to new insurance requirements for personal watercraft and speed boats in Denmark

New rules on liability insurance for some motorised pleasure boats in Danish waters also applies to foreign boats The RYA is advising boaters in or visiting Denmark that the country has recently introduced compulsory liability insurance for watercraft for which, under the Danish regulations, a certificate of operation is required (i.e. personal watercraft and speed boats). The operator of the ...

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The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust ‘Return to Volunteer’ programme is vital in continuing to inspire young people who are in recovery from cancer

There are many charities supporting young people with cancer in the UK, but the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is unique as it works with young people post-treatment, an extremely difficult phase that is all too often overlooked. Through the ‘Return to Volunteer’ programme, young people can continue their relationship with the Trust and keep making a difference after they turn ...

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Kru Sport Pro lifejackets

The first of the new Kru lifejacket collection to make its appearance for 2018 is the high performance Kru Sport Pro, which is designed to perform in the most advanced conditions. The jacket is available as standard or as an ADV model, so-called because of its advanced features, which include a lifejacket light, sprayhood and UML Pro Sensor Elite operating ...

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