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Rio Here I Come

In this month’s British Sailing Team column, 49erFX sailor Charlotte Dobson shares her joy at finally becoming an Olympic Games ‘bride’. It is an absolutely incredible feeling to have been officially selected for my first Olympic Games. It has been such a long time coming. I have done two cycles as the bridesmaid and this time it is so amazing ...

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Solo sailing

Chris Warwick is Managing Director of Universal Yachting, specialists in Solent based yacht charters, outdoor activities and RYA sailing tuition. Getting afloat as a solo novice or stepping up from dinghy sailing to go yacht sailing can be challenging, especially if you do not own a suitable boat, have a keen sailing buddy or boat owning friends to go with. ...

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Market trends in boating

Neil Chapman, founding broker at Boatshed, highlights some current market trends and practise in the used boat sector that are likely to be of interest to both sellers and buyers. Overall, the key market points of the last six months are as follows: Although the market remains smaller than it was, there are a growing number of buyers looking for ...

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Push the Boat Out 2016

More than 65,000 people have discovered sailing through the RYA’s Push the Boat Out national campaign. For clubs seeking to reach new audiences, Push the Boat Out offers a unique opportunity to take part in a nationwide campaign offering everybody the chance to get afloat. Now in its fourth year, a record number of clubs and centres nationwide will again ...

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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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Best beach cafes

In December we covered the stretch from East Sussex to Lyme Regis, concentrating on cafes open through the winter months. A couple of new ones have popped-up, so we will mention them before we continue heading west.   Quarterdeck at Chichester Harbour Quarterdeck is in the boatyard at Itchenor. Dog friendly, a cosy café in the yard, it is perfect ...

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Time to get crafty

Here is a great way to do your fitting-out shop and treat yourself afterwards. The Arthur Beale chandlery at Shaftsbury Avenue in London was one of seven companies which founded the London Boat Show, first held at Olympia in 1954. Having exhibited again the next year, the chandlery dropped out once the show moved to Earls Court but, this year, ...

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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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