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IS CARBON ALWAYS THE ANSWER?

Selden Mast’s Susannah Hart explains why Maiden chose a carbon rig over aluminium. When Tracy Edwards’ crew set sail around the world on the newly revamped Maiden yacht they will do so with a carbon rig, made by Seldén Mast Ltd. But why? Especially when originally Maiden had aluminium spars, which served her so well in the epic 1989/90 Whitbread ...

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The Next Step

If getting out on the water at one of the RYA’s Push the Boat Out or Try Sailing taster sessions floated your boat or you got the bug at the Southampton Boat Show, why not build on the basics by joining a club or taking a course?   First time boating is a magical experience. The peace out on the ...

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Something for the weekend

British brewing is not the only way to brew and, like here, many other countries have experienced a craft beer revolution. For many beer enthusiasts, the area known last century as Czechoslovakia was the holy grail of distinctive beers. It was founded on lager-type beers such as Pilsner Urquell, launched in1842 and generally agreed as the original Pilsner. It is ...

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Choosing the perfect entertainment system for your boat

Kevin Lott, EMEA OEM Sales Director at Fusion Entertainment, offers his top tips for buying the ideal on board entertainment system. If you are looking to invest in a new audio entertainment system for your boat, there can seem to be an endless amount of options to choose from. But a word of warning – if your gear is not ...

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How Oyster could relaunch… as told by a relaunch professional

Alexis Eyre is a UK marketing manager at launch specialist agency Five by Five & member of the British Marine Sailing Committee. This is Alexis’s view on how Oyster could relaunch. Oyster is back. With new owner Richard Hadida at the helm, now’s the perfect opportunity to relaunch, both to the industry and customers. But it’s not as simple as ...

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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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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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James Hardiman blog#5

SoloFASTNET is finished! This blog is about my journey through a solo yacht racing season. I’m hoping to give readers an insight into what it’s like to race yachts singlehanded, inshore and offshore in the UK’s top Corinthian races. I’ve got a few solo miles under my belt, (about 17,000 in total), but this season I’m having a shaky start. ...

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