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A TOUCH OF SPICE

Face the winter days with a spicy winter ale or tangy, fruity zero-alcohol spritzer. January, cold and wet and short days, the cheery Christmas lights have gone and no London Boat Show to provide sunshine-sailing escapism. Some will ease into the New Year enjoying appropriate winter ales. Others might take a course of voluntary abstention to recover their body or ...

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Fast Track to Success

Looking for a New Year Challenge? Or perhaps a new career direction? Whatever your incentive, fast-tracking to your goals is one way to get there – all you need is determination, drive and our top tips along the way.  You might have seen and heard the promises – ‘become a Yachtmaster Offshore in as little as 14 weeks’. It is ...

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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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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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Don’t fall foul of dust, debris and drips

The Green Blue urges boaters to prevent antifoul scrapings, drips and spills from entering the water by placing a tarpaulin under the hull. Kate Fortnam, The Green Blue Campaign Manager. It Is that time of year again… when we turn our thoughts to annual winter maintenance and the chore of scrubbing down hulls and applying a new coat of antifoul ...

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Why boatowners should use a dehumidifier over winter

Chris Michael, managing director of Meaco (U.K.) Limited, gives his tips on choosing and getting the best out of a dehumidifier. Many people like to use a dehumidifier to protect their boat and their belongings over winter. Organic material in particular is prone to damage from excess moisture which explains why cushions and bedding often smell musty when you return to ...

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Bringing home the medals

British sailors asserted their dominance in the first Tokyo 2020 test. For Britain’s Olympic class athletes, 2018 concluded with the biggest test of the year – the world’s best facing off on the very waters that will play host to the Tokyo 2020 sailing competition. After several weeks of training in Enoshima, the chosen venue for Tokyo 2020, the Brits ...

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Cheers to Toast!

TOAST – the best thing in beer since sliced bread. While turning the tide on plastic waste in the world’s oceans is gaining momentum with many people around the world, other eco-unfriendly issues are emerging which also need our attention. Food waste, for example. In a world where food poverty blights many nations, food wastage in developed countries is an ...

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Job Done

All the action from the British Sailing Team at Aarhus as they book their places for Tokyo 2020. ‘Job done’. That was the assessment from British Sailing Team boss Mark Robinson as Great Britain became the first and only nation to win spots in all 10 Olympic sailing classes for Tokyo 2020 following strong performances at the 2018 Sailing World ...

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