The Green Blue

Dust, Debris and Drips

Emma Barton, RYA Planning & Environmental Manager As the nights draw in, thoughts will be turning to annual winter maintenance tasks and the chore of scrubbing down hulls and applying a new coat of antifoul for next season. Antifouling paints are hazardous mixtures that prevent the build-up of marine organisms on vessel hulls. They work largely by releasing biocides into ...

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Winning Formula

In The Green Blue’s 2016-17 University Sailing Sustainability Challenge 20 University Sailing Clubs from across the UK competed to be top of the leader board in environmental sustainability. From these 20 clubs six achieved the highest level of sustainability in the challenge and received the gold award. The winners included Bangor, Cardiff, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Edinburgh and Kent USCs. As well ...

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Up for the challenge

Only launched two years ago, The Green Blue’s University Sailing Sustainability Challenge has already led to a new sustainability initiative with the RS Aero UK Class. When The Green Blue launched its University Sailing Sustainability Challenge in 2015, little did it know that within two years it would have doubled in size with over 20 university sailing teams competing for ...

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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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TAKING CENTRE STAGE

The work of The Green Blue extends beyond the UK sharing knowledge and ideas with businesses and organisations internationally. Dan Reading, Green Blue Sustainability Officer   Before Christmas I had the pleasure of attending several conferences both as a delegate and speaker. There were lots of interesting topics discussed as well as organisations taking steps towards achieving their sustainability targets, ...

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Water Matters

There has been a lot of media attention on microbeads and the effect that these may have on our marine environment. Dan Reading, Green Blue Sustainability Officer Firstly, some of you might be asking what microbeads are and why you have not seen any. Essentially they are small (less than 1mm) pieces of plastic which are used for a wide ...

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GREEN BLUE: Stop the Spill

Are you an RYA instructor or training centre interested in adding value to your courses? The Green Blue now offers visits to train instructors in a new selection of fun, interactive and informative environment and boating activities with intriguing names like Alien Tag and Stop the Spill. The Green Blue has been calling in at sailing clubs and centres across ...

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Back by popular demand

Will you take on the University Sailing Sustainability Challenge 2016-17? Following the success of the 2015-16 challenge, which saw 10 University Sailing Clubs taking action to make their sailing more environmentally sustainable, The Green Blue, the joint environment programme of the RYA and British Marine, is running the challenge for the next academic year. The Green Blue awarded the prizes ...

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Green Blue Resources

Are you looking for a fun, interactive, informative and easy way to engage young sailors and sailing students in sustainable boating?   If so, The Green Blue has six new free resources designed specifically for instructors, sailing clubs, training centres and schools, as well as DofE, Scout and Guide Leaders. Instructor Pocket Cards The Green Blue’s pocket cards for inland ...

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Antifouling with care

It is that time of year when you can not escape the impending task of annual maintenance to get boats back in shape ready for the sailing season ahead. As much as the thought of drier, warmer weather and bluer skies offers some incentive, you still have to face the single most arduous chore of scrubbing and prepping hulls ready ...

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