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High Hopes

As the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games approach excitement and focus on Japan builds. After praise was lauded on the Asian nation following a successful Rugby World Cup, there is even more anticipation for the Summer Games. Due to the very nature of the sport sailors would expect to spend a disproportionate amount of time in the Olympic venue, way more ...

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Added sparkle

Thomson & Scott has the answer when it comes to enjoying fizz without the alcohol. Dry January is here, the month when at least five million of us are likely to give alcohol a miss as we detox after the festive period. But if you are already missing a burst of fizz, Thomson & Scott has come up with Noughty, ...

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HAVE YOURSELF AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS!

Top tips for an eco-friendly Christmas from The Green Blue. Kate Fortnam, The Green Blue Campaign Manager If you are buying a gift this Christmas have you thought about how it might impact the environment? Christmas often comes with excess. Between gift-wrap, food packaging and single-use one-off gifts, the Christmas season can really takes its toll on the planet. But ...

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Using a dehumidifier on board during the winter

Chris Michael, managing director of Meaco (U.K.) Limited, has advice for choosing and getting the best out of a dehumidifier. It is not uncommon for people 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 ...

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Are you equipped for distress?

RYA revises guidance for marine radio users. Press and hold the distress red button on your DSC VHF and it will transmit your distress alert every four minutes until another station acknowledges it; an EPIRB, once activated, will transmit for a minimum of 48 hours, alerting search and rescue services in the event of an emergency that you need help; ...

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Sweet Christmas Treats

When you start writing your Christmas tipple list be sure to include a sweet wine or two… A ‘pudding’ wine with the dessert course of a meal is not as common as it once was. These are sweet wines fortified with brandy or neutral spirit to bring the abv up close to 19 per cent. Now it seems there is ...

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Shoreside Learning

Develop your knowledge this winter with the RYA’s range of books and shorebased courses…  Winter is closing in and the days are getting shorter. For most of us this will also mean less time on the water, so how can you best prepare for another brilliant summer afloat? The RYA’s network of affiliated clubs and training centres offer many great ...

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Show Stoppers

They are glass, classy and recyclable and we can expect to see more of them… I was on the Canal du Nivernais in France this summer. A bottle of rosé was brought to the afterdeck for sunset drinks. No surprise about that. But instead of the usual de-corking ritual, the owner popped the seal off by hand and thumb. This ...

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University Sailing Sustainability Challenge

Kate Fortnam, The Green Blue Campaign Manager Supported by British Universities Sailing Association, the challenge involves University Sailing Clubs working closely with their sailing venues to achieve sustainable actions throughout the academic year from ensuring sailing venues have a spill kit available to clean up any accidental oil and fuel spills to using re-usable sports bottles during training sessions and ...

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ON BOARD DIESEL HEATER MAINTENANCE

Matthew Birks, technical expert from Eberspächer, advises on maintaining your on board diesel fuelled air heating system. If your boat is a working boat or you live aboard we recommend having an accredited dealer inspect your installation and service your heater every one to two years. If you are an occasional boater, though, the recommendation is having an accredited dealer ...

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