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Push the Boat Out this summer

If you want to get back out on the water this year or perhaps inspire your non-sailing family and friends to give sailing or windsurfing a go, then make sure you are ready for RYA Push the Boat Out. Due to its success, PTBO returns for nine days this year from 13 – 21 May with sailing clubs and centres ...

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The development of lifejackets and safety equipment

Spinlock’s James Hall looks at the evolution of lifejackets and associated safety equipment in recent years. There is no doubt that modern lifejacket design has changed considerably and one of the biggest drivers of this change has been due to personal ownership. Rather than crew relying on lifejackets being on board a boat, they want to own their own lifejacket ...

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Wine of choice

Club and house wines are always a safe choice. The Club Claret or Club White feature on the wine list of many clubs, yachting or otherwise. A Vin de Pays Maison is a likely offer in restaurants and gastro pubs, sub-named by a particular French region or town and a grape variety. Not always the cheapest but somehow suggesting a ...

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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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