The Green Blue

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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Small change – big difference

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Dinghy sailing has to be the most environmentally friendly form of sailing there is, close to the water working with wind and tide – no fuel, no anti-foul, no oily bilges, no anchoring or pump out – so what’s left for us to talk about? Well quite a bit it would seem based on the buzz at this year’s RYA ...

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Dreaming of spring

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They say that spring has been put back by a month in some parts of the UK due to the harsh winter weather. From The Green Blue’s new office near Glasgow I have watched flurries of snow chase past my window and shivered as sleet and hail has bounced off the roof, but every time I have gone along the ...

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Fighting green blue battle in Olympic style

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Listening to Stephen Park, RYA’s Olympic Manager, at the London Boat Show reminded me of the focus and tenacity needed by The Green Blue in the face of what can, at times, seem such an overwhelming challenge. As Stephen shared his insights into Team GBR’s campaign to ‘go for gold’ at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, he spoke of ...

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Step up for the 10:10 challenge

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Changes are afoot. After more than three years I am moving on to a fresh challenge. Inspired by the work of The Green Blue I will be moving to Scotland to take forward our work there. A lot has changed in the last three or four years. Copenhagen may be stealing the spotlight at the moment but let us not ...

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