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Shoreside Learning

Develop your knowledge this winter with the RYA’s range of books and shorebased courses…  Winter is closing in and the days are getting shorter. For most of us this will also mean less time on the water, so how can you best prepare for another brilliant summer afloat? The RYA’s network of affiliated clubs and training centres offer many great ...

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Show Stoppers

They are glass, classy and recyclable and we can expect to see more of them… I was on the Canal du Nivernais in France this summer. A bottle of rosé was brought to the afterdeck for sunset drinks. No surprise about that. But instead of the usual de-corking ritual, the owner popped the seal off by hand and thumb. This ...

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University Sailing Sustainability Challenge

Kate Fortnam, The Green Blue Campaign Manager Supported by British Universities Sailing Association, the challenge involves University Sailing Clubs working closely with their sailing venues to achieve sustainable actions throughout the academic year from ensuring sailing venues have a spill kit available to clean up any accidental oil and fuel spills to using re-usable sports bottles during training sessions and ...

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ON BOARD DIESEL HEATER MAINTENANCE

Matthew Birks, technical expert from Eberspächer, advises on maintaining your on board diesel fuelled air heating system. If your boat is a working boat or you live aboard we recommend having an accredited dealer inspect your installation and service your heater every one to two years. If you are an occasional boater, though, the recommendation is having an accredited dealer ...

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Sehr Gut Beers!

The approach of October reminds me of the annual Munich Oktoberfest, surely the most famous beer festival in the world. Running this year from 21 September to 6 October, the event conjures up images of clinking steins of beer, raucous singing, noisy oompah bands, plates of sausages and waiters carrying trays of half-litre glasses a dozen at a time, held ...

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Volunteers: boating’s unsung heroes

There is a good chance that you know someone who volunteers, or perhaps volunteer yourself. The RYA works to ensure these hardworking people are recognised for their contribution. According to Sport England 6.7 million people – 14.9 per cent of the population in England – currently volunteer in sport and physical activity. Without the millions of people who give their ...

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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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