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The Green Blue officially unveil new look website

The Green Blue, the joint environmental programme of British Marine and the Royal Yachting Association, officially unveiled its new look website at the Southampton International Boat Show, powered by Borrow A Boat. Watch the video here – https://youtu.be/24ktCbpQ_Ho The new site provides bespoke information on key environmental issues, current best practice guidance, green products and services, as well as an ...

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What makes the perfect marina and what should you look for

Edouard Fiess, CEO and co-founder of Navily, explores what to look for when booking a marina. When looking for a good marina, the selection criteria will be determined by the purpose of mooring – do you require a technical or a leisure stop-over? If you are looking for a technical stopover the decision is straightforward, as it will be based on ...

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Get on board with RYA SafeTrx

How to use the search and rescue app to create a safety plan for your trip. With the sailing season now in full swing, the RYA, RNLI and HM Coastguard are reminding boaters that the tracking and alerting tool, RYA SafeTrx, is freely available to anyone who wants to be safer afloat. The app provides all recreational boat users, particularly ...

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A glass of orange please…

The wine list, please. Red, white, rosé – or orange? Orange wine is a relatively rare wine genre in the UK. It was given its UK name in 2004 but only now have enough examples made it to our specialist wine retailers and a few supermarkets to cause a little flurry of interest. It actually has hundreds of years of ...

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Your perfect sailing spot

From disused quarries, man-made lakes, rivers, estuaries and the coast – the UK has it all. When most people think of sailing, their first thoughts turn to the sea – and getting on the water by the coast. Despite the fact that the UK is surrounded by coastline, many sailing clubs provide sailing inland – and there are many opportunities ...

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Rosé reaches new heights

The trend back to buying rosé wines continues, while a new trend for wine on tap grows. A short report about Miraval Rosé wine in the Daily Telegraph in June said that this French vineyard “has now smashed the price record for pink blush. A magnum of its Muse de Miraval fetched more than £2,300 at a charity auction this ...

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THE USE OF THRUSTERS ON SMALL BOATS

Small, shallow draft motorboats with light to moderate displacements are responsive, rewarding and great fun to drive at high average cruising speeds. But throttle back inside a tightly fitting marina at the end of a long day, perhaps with a springtide flowing and blustery wind to contend with, and these erstwhile pleasant handling characteristics can rapidly change your impression about ...

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MAN OVERBOARD PREVENTION AND RESCUE

Alistair Hackett, MD at Ocean Safety, looks at the options available in a Man Overboard situation. Falling overboard is something that some of us have experienced, but everyone takes care to avoid.  The danger of being in the water for all but the shortest time greatly increases the risks of fatality or at least hypothermia and water ingestion. Being able ...

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Pack a pouch or two

How do you buy yours? The packaging that is. These days wine, and other alcoholic beverages, are available in a number of containers giving you the option to select the best option for that day’s particular activities. We are familiar in this country with wine in a box. It may still carry an unwarranted stigma of low quality wine, but ...

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Safety First

The 2019 boating season will see the RYA launch a new digital safety campaign to highlight its key safety messages: look after yourself, have a plan, keep in touch and know your limits. A new, year-round calendar of short, impactful safety videos will cover a broad range of topics from kill cords to clipping on, and liferaft servicing to boat ...

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