The Green Blue

A Decade of Change

What a difference ten years has made to the relationsip between sailors and the environment. Making the environment second nature has not been a quick fix but rather a voyage of small but meaningful transformations.  It only seems like yesterday that global yachtsman Mike Golding and artist Pippa Blake were launching The Green Blue – the joint environment project from ...

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Mini race, max impact

Mini race, max impact

By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue Planning for a sustainable Mini Transat 2015 It’s increasingly common these days for major events to include sustainability in their vision, operations and legacy, London 2012 having led the way. It’s also becomingly increasingly common for teams and competitors to consider where sustainability might fit within their campaigns, Team Origin’s ‘Race for Change’ being ...

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Green Cowes

Green-Cowes

By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue With Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2014 taking place from 2-9 August, and with so much happening – from Boss Up the Mast and Ladies Day to the Red Arrows and Family Day – it’s hard to see how sustainability can be squeezed in to the programme, but thanks to Cowes Week Limited and ...

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‘It’s the law’

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By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue Every time The Green Blue is asked what it does, we always reply with something along the lines of ‘sustainable boating’ and ‘self-regulation’. Fortunately most of the time the common sense argument of wanting to keep our sailing waters clean and healthy stands up to scrutiny but when an occasional dissenting voice speaks out, ...

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Great white shark diverts away from UK waters

Great white shark diverts away from UK waters

By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue   Marine wildlife in the spotlight The great white shark Lydia – all 14ft and 2,000lbs of her – is now reported to be heading away from the UK and veering northwest according to Ocearch, an international research organisation operating from on board vessel MV Ocearch, complete with at-sea laboratory and a 75,000lb capacity ...

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Sailing holidays go green

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By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue It was no surprise to see ‘faux environmental concern’ (sometimes known as ‘green washing’) listed as one of the top 20 pet hates in a recent Telegraph Travel article. In particular, we have a dislike of hotels posting notes in the bathroom saying ‘washing towels wastes water and is bad for the planet’. If ...

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Green Gifts

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By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue If you’re still searching for some inspiration for this year’s Christmas presents, there’s no better time to take a look at some nifty gadgets that will go on being useful – at home or on board – even when the novelty factor has worn off and Christmas Day is a distant memory. There is ...

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Outboard Efficiency

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By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue It might seem a little obsessive to sleep with your outboard engine propped up next to you all night, but those are the extremes you might have to go to if you want to emulate Shelly Jory-Leigh, British Powerboat champion and top female powerboater in the world. Keeping a straight, pristine prop during every ...

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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS – DOUBLE DUTCH?

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By: Dan Reading, The Green Blue At start of the summer we were given the opportunity to go on a trip with The Yacht Harbour Association (administrators of the Gold Anchor Scheme and whichmarina.com) to visit some marinas on the French, Dutch and Belgian coastlines. The schedule was jam packed – so much so that there wasn’t even enough time ...

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A to Z of better eco boating

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By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue Did you know that it takes it takes about 1,000 litres of water to produce 1 litre of milk? Just one of the key facts on the UNEP World Environment Day (which took place on  5 June) website. This year’s theme is Think.Eat.Save. – an anti food waste campaign that encourages you to reduce ...

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