Columns

Bembridge

Bembridge Harbour is a sunny, sandy bay looking out towards the forts protecting the Solent from the east and offering sheltered gastronomic delights to visiting yachtsmen. For this trip to the Isle of Wight we decided to leave the boat behind, jump on the Red Funnel to East Cowes and pick up one of Red Squirrel’s e-bikes. We could actually ...

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Boating Abroad

If the typical UK Bank Holiday weather has whetted your appetite for stretching your sea legs further afield, are you confident you are up-to-date on the laws, rules and regulations for boating abroad? Wherever you want to go there could be factors, local or otherwise, that could leave you in a spot of bother if you do not do your ...

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Whisky rebellion

When all other food producers are obliged to reveal exactly what is in their products, the opposite is true for whisky. There is a move afoot to change this. We are used to being bombarded with government advice and explicit product content labelling intended to help us make informed choices on food and soft drinks. But would you like to ...

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Getting Rio ready

With just a few months remaining until the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony, Olympic medallists and medal hopefuls will be flocking to Weymouth and Portland this June for the last major multi-class regatta ahead of the Games. The Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland (6 – 12 June), run in partnership by the RYA, World Sailing and WPNSA as part of ...

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Dartmouth

This month we head to Dartmouth to discover what tasty treats await. Dartmouth has quite a history producing Naval Officers since 1863, inventing the first steam pumping engine in 1712 and waving a tearful farewell to the Mayflower and Speedwell in 1612, as they left Bayard’s Cove to head to the New World. Now this desirable town, on the steeply ...

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Riding high for Rio

In this month’s British Sailing Team column Alison Young reflects on her history-making win at the Laser Radial World Championship in Vallarta. It has not been long since I won the Laser Radial World Championships in Mexico, and I must admit it is still a bit weird to hear ‘World Champion’ and my name in the same breath. I am ...

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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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