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Which rope is best?

This month Lizzy looks at the use of ropes on board. High-performance yachts and dinghies use rope cores made from various aramid fibres – Dyneema, Vectran and PBO (Zylon) – for halyards, sheets, running and standing rigging. These fibres are very strong with minimal stretch, maintaining sail and rig settings over a wide range of wind speeds and sea states. ...

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Crafty Ciders

Cider is part of the trilogy with ales and lagers of our staple volume alcoholic drinks, served by the half or one pint glass and usually quaffed not sipped. We have enjoyed the revival of ‘real’ ale, arguably thanks to the CAMRA campaign, and latterly for craft lagers. Could a CAMRA-like approach to craft cider be next? There were 88 ...

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The Wild Side

Be steady and predictable on the water this season and you might get to enjoy even more wildlife. Jane Swan, The Green Blue Project Manager There is nothing that causes a stir of excitement on board more than spotting a dolphin on the bow wave. At certain times of the year you may also be lucky enough to come alongside ...

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Simple steps to maximise performance on your boat

Rob Lyne, sales and marketing manager at Barton Marine, provides a number of solutions to help your crew work to the best of their ability. Maximising efficiency on your boat is important, especially when navigating solo or sailing with novices or young crew. There are many simple steps you can take as skipper to ensure you and your crew can ...

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BOAT BUYING PITFALLS

Whether you are buying a brand new motor cruiser or a second hand dinghy, potential pitfalls apply. So how do you stop your heart ruling your head when purchasing a boat to avoid making an expensive mistake? You have decided on a model, spotted a boat for sale you like and are ready to declare your interest in buying it. ...

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Training in Focus

Training is a brilliant way to get your confidence up, so that your first foray into the boating world is a thoroughly enjoyable experience. If you have never set foot on a boat before, the prospect can seem daunting. It is a confusing world: RIBs, powerboats, dinghies, yachts… What is a keel boat? And let’s not get started on multi-hulls. ...

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Windermere

Windermere is a large lake in Cumbria’s Lake District National Park, surrounded by mountain peaks and villages, including Bowness-on-Windermere. Windermere Marina Village enjoys a lovely spot on the sheltered shores of England’s most famous and largest of lakes. This marina was established over 25 years ago on a quiet inlet and can accommodate boats up to 50′, with a max ...

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Future foiling

In this series the experienced racer takes us on a journey through the lives of racing sailors looking at the challenge these men and women face. This month Lizzy looks at the growth of foiling. “One day all boats will fly” Eric Tabarly, 1987 Surprisingly, the foiling phenomenon is not a new concept, but rather the result of 100 years ...

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Beginners’ guide to yacht sailing

Chris Warwick, principal of Universal Yachting, gives essential advice for beginners thinking about starting yacht sailing. You only have to head to the coast to see the wide array of yachts large and small, old and new, tucked away in marinas, anchorages, river moorings and harbours, all full of people enjoying themselves. There is nothing better than the relaxation and ...

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Craft lager Surrey style

We are awash with real ales in Britain. Now it is lager’s turn. So many real or craft ale-type beers are being brewed in small breweries all over Britain. Yet lager remains a drink largely dominated by foreign brewers. Lagers such as Staropramen or Pilsner Urquell from Czechoslovakia are real enough, but there is an English craft lager called Hogstar, ...

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