Columns

The Malbec debate

Malbec is a deep ruby red wine suited to winter roasts and later on for summer barbecues. It is made from Malbec grapes, a dark violet-blue variety born in the Bordeaux region in south-west France and has its own AOC (controlled designation of origin) centred on the town of Cahors on a large U-bend of the Lot river and capital ...

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RYA SAILABILITY

  On Saturday 20 February, the RYA Sailability National Conference, Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony was held at Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre. With over 200 RYA Sailability sites across the UK helping more than 17,000 people with disabilities sailing regularly, the annual conference offered volunteers the chance to meet with experts and attend a range of workshops, clinics and talks. ...

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Bristol

Bristling with history, museums and art, this city is buzzing with fast, creative street food and you can tie up smack bang in the centre of the historic Harbourside The former city-centre port is now a cultural hub, the Harbourside. The harbour’s 19th-century warehouses now contain restaurants, shops and cultural institutions such as contemporary gallery The Arnolfini. This city has ...

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Shaw, Lucas and Dempsey close out Miami medals

World number one windsurfer Bryony Shaw has sealed a hat-trick of Sailing World Cup Miami titles, with Paralympic champion Helena Lucas also claiming victory at the season-opening regatta. Double Olympic medallist Nick Dempsey made it a third podium finish for the British Sailing Team with silver in the men’s RS:X windsurfing event, while there were near misses across a number ...

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Fighting fire

Jim Dobie is chief instructor and training manager for Vortec Marine Training. An RYA examiner, instructor and Oceanmaster he has spent his life on the ocean and is an accomplished ocean/offshore racing skipper and yacht training specialist. He also spends his time writing, speaking and advising on yacht safety. Fire at sea is one of the most terrifying things that ...

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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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Best of both worlds

Drinking in moderation or alcohol-free drinks – we still have the choice. Just as we recovered from Christmas and the New Year, the government-approved pronouncements on alcohol consumption came as an early January put down. They say that limiting the number of units drunk per week by both men and women reduces the risk of cancer and liver disease. Fair ...

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RYA SUZUKI DINGHY SHOW 2016

From exclusive boat launches to a first look at cutting-edge kit, the show is a great place to learn new techniques, discover new boats and pick up the latest equipment ahead of the new season. From boat retailers to class associations, sailmakers and clothing specialists, with more than 150 exhibitors there will be something for every sailing fanatic. Alongside a ...

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Bryher

The friendly island of Bryher is a rugged yet beautiful island of vibrant contrasts located 28 miles off the Cornish coast. Just one and half miles long by half a mile wide its coast line is remarkably varied.   We left the island of Tresco after a memorable dinner at the Ruin Beach Café. Early morning at the New Inn ...

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Getting Rio ready

RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park looks ahead to an exciting Games year in our latest British Sailing Team column It is almost hard to believe that we are in an Olympic and Paralympic Games year once again. 2015 was a busy year and a long regatta season, with major events running right through from January until December, but it was ...

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