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Going green at giant METS show

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By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue Earlier this year I attended the world’s largest Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam. METS is a truly colossal exhibition, dwarfing the likes of the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show. There were 1,250 exhibitors of which 150 featured in the Super Yacht Pavilion. You could buy anything for a boat ranging from helicopter pads, ...

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Did You Get Yours

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Jane Swan – The Green Blue Project Manager I have to admit I became totally obsessed – checking my bank account every hour to see if LOCOG had taken a small fortune for a handful of Olympic tickets. But the magic deadline passed with no obvious withdrawal and I was pretty narked. Not only had I spent a lot of ...

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Check, clean, dry and relax

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By Helen Waterhouse – Development officer, The Green Blue This spring seems to have been warmer and sunnier than I can remember. With just the sniff of a sunny day, we seem to be taking to our boats in the masses and looking forward to the long sailing season ahead of us. Perhaps you are busy planning some summer jaunts ...

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It’s all in a catch phrase

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FOR the first time we took the action of our annual conference north of the border to Glasgow. More than 80 representatives of marine businesses and sailing clubs, from across the country came together to hear how they could play a part in the sustainable development of the sector both in Scotland and across the UK. Running a conference is ...

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Racing for change

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DURING the Sustainability Live! Exhibition at the NEC earlier this year I found myself on one of the largest stands at the show. I was approached by a man whom I had anticipated was an eager salesman. Angus was his name, Power Perfector was his game. I was adorned with RYA and BMF logos – it was not my cash ...

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From the sublime to the achievable

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‘WANTED: buyer for £110m green yacht’ was the headline in a Sunday Times article. A hybrid superyacht called Why (Wally Hybrid Yacht) with an array of eco features, 58 metres long by 38 metres wide and with only 100 people in the world fitting the profile of a ‘certain type’ of potential buyer, most likely to be someone who has ...

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Get hooked in the social net revolution

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Last year I was given the project of upgrading The Green Blue website and after 12 months of designing, searching for images, uploading content and getting everyone’s opinions, we finally went live. During the process it became clear that these days creating a website is just not enough and much to my horror some smart Alec suggested that we get ...

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Breaking the mould for a greener future

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Yacht 2041 has been berthed at Haslar Marina for the past few weeks so we dropped by to take a look. She’s a 67-foot steel-frame racing yacht built in 1990 to race the wrong way around the world in Chay Blythe’s Global Challenge. In 1994 she was acquired by Robert Swan OBE, the first person to walk to both the ...

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It’s not unlucky to go green

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I visited Sailtime in Poole to look at some ‘green’ products which would minimise the environmental impact of the operation of their boats. After looking around one of their yachts we assessed the viability of introducing some solar panels and a wind generator among other things. Next stop was a meeting with Parkstone Yacht Club, equally keen to improve their ...

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