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Spring sailing in the Mediterranean

Sarah Cotgreave, UK Marketing Manager Sunsail, looks at what the Mediterranean offers sailors in the spring. Spring has officially sprung in the Mediterranean. And, as we see temperatures starting to rise from the bougainvillea-blushed streets in the Cyclades to the golden-hued Moorish coastlines across Mallorca, you will soon find that the Mediterranean in springtime holds a certain allure for every ...

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One Ale of a Beer

New World pale ales make a great tangy summertime beer. According to Waitrose, “One topic of conversation that dominates the beer world is the seemingly insatiable demand for New World pale ales. The number one attraction of these beers is their intensely hoppy flavour, which comes from American, Australian and New Zealand hops and delivers punchy, tropical-fruit flavours.” The trend ...

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Keeping it Clean

Clean sport is at the heart of international competition, ensuring that all athletes are competing fairly on a level playing field. The Royal Yachting Association works with World Sailing and UK Anti-Doping to promote clean sport and the values of UKAD’s 100% Me programme. A key part of this responsibility is the delivery of an education programme for sailors in ...

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Invasive Species Week

Check Clean Dry – help stop the spread of invasive species and diseases. Save the date: 13 – 17 May is Invasive Species Week. It is your chance to get involved and protect your club waters from invasive aquatic species by taking advantage of free signs and materials. Unwanted non-native plants and animals are invading our waterways and pose a ...

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Push the Boat Out

May’s Push the Boat Out proves that whatever your age, background or experience, it has never been easier to get sailing. For children and young people, sailing and windsurfing can provide a real antidote to the stresses of school, screens and social media, while for grown-ups it is a great way to get outdoors, switch off from the demands of ...

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Get the party started

The coolest drinks for parties this spring are pink… Everything’s coming up pink for spring, from pink house plaques for historic females to gins, vodkas and wines. Pink wine, i.e. rosé, is tipped for a bumper year. Supermarkets have prominent blocks of shelf space dedicated to the pink genre, mixing all types together, grape types and countries of origin and ...

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CARING FOR YOUR ON BOARD BATTERIES

Nick Eales, managing director at Sea Start discusses battery use and care. Battery problems at sea are not uncommon. Sea Start, a marine breakdown service, attends more than 2,000 call outs each year, mostly for electrical faults. These can cover a whole multitude of issues such as starter motors, alternators, fuses, engine management system, switches, corroded contacts and, of course, ...

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The best Irish solution… have a party!

One way or another it looks like Ireland will still be in the news this month. It is also time for the annual onslaught of green face paint, Guinness hats and shamrock bunting to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on 17 March. Forget the border question for a while and enjoy some good old-fashioned Irish craic. Create a balanced drinks list ...

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WHAT DOES THE RYA DO FOR ME?

Did you know last year more than £3m from RYA membership fees was re-invested into getting more people on the water more often, in a safe way? The support of the membership base enables the RYA to lobby and campaign on critical issues, including safety, access and freedom to go afloat; to support sport and club development at 1,500 affiliated ...

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One ale of a drink!

Here is a Trappist beer made in England – a timely Brexit backstop. Mount Saint Bernard Abbey Tynt Meadow English Trappist® Ale became available last July after a five year development programme by the monks. It has come as a timely replacement for the established range of Trappist ales, which are mostly Belgian, as a backstop against a potential interruption ...

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