The Green Blue

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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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Promoting Change

Of late and in no small part thanks to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, sustainability has become a regular feature of major events and sailing is no exception. Sporting events are no strangers to being used as political platforms; take the boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics or the human rights protests surrounding the 2008 Beijing Games as ...

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Know Your Squirts and Ripples

How much do you know about non-native species and the way they spread? Spend some time getting to know them and help the environment too. If it is not diving into waste bins to see what boatyards are throwing away then it is peering over the sides of pontoons to see what non-native species might be lurking below! It is ...

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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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