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Dust, Debris and Drips

Emma Barton, RYA Planning & Environmental Manager As the nights draw in, thoughts will be turning to annual winter maintenance tasks and the chore of scrubbing down hulls and applying a new coat of antifoul for next season. Antifouling paints are hazardous mixtures that prevent the build-up of marine organisms on vessel hulls. They work largely by releasing biocides into ...

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RYA on show

If you are visiting the YachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show this month pay a visit to the RYA. Now in its 49th year, the Southampton Boat Show is one of Europe’s biggest purpose-built marinas showcasing the very best that the international marine industry has to offer. Celebrating the lifestyle, fun and excitement that being on the water has to offer, Britain’s ...

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Choosing a downwind sail

Jeremy White, Loft Manager Elvstrøm Sails UK, considers the factors involved in choosing the right downwind sail. There are times when drifting downwind with the jib not pulling simply will not get you home fast enough. And motoring is not the reason we own a sailing yacht. Choosing the right downwind sail enhances your sailing time, and is fun for ...

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Unique bottle for boaters

Which came first – the bottle or the wine? In the case of J.P. Chenet the answer is the bottle. And, if you are looking for a rosé to take on a September afternoon boat party, my small tasting panel recently gave the thumbs up for J.P. Chenet Grenache-Cinsault rosé in a curvy, slightly asymmetric 750ml bottle. This pale pink, ...

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Winning Formula

In The Green Blue’s 2016-17 University Sailing Sustainability Challenge 20 University Sailing Clubs from across the UK competed to be top of the leader board in environmental sustainability. From these 20 clubs six achieved the highest level of sustainability in the challenge and received the gold award. The winners included Bangor, Cardiff, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Edinburgh and Kent USCs. As well ...

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RACING WITH RYA SAILABILITY

Sailability has always been about getting people of all abilities on the water and enjoying the freedom and buzz of sailing with independence and dignity. But how does someone ‘having a go’ become a regular sailor? Racing can be key. The first hurdle is overcoming the ‘what ifs’. What if the boat capsizes? What if the sailing club is not ...

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Gins galore

Salcombe Yacht Club’s annual Regatta Week has a new title, Salcombe Gin SYC, and a new sponsor, Salcombe Start Point Gin. The regatta, now in its 121st year, runs from 13 – 18 August and follows Salcombe Town Regatta, 6 – 11 August, so a good couple of weeks’ fun. The gin, launched just over a year ago, has rapidly ...

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Discovering diversity

Last year Lizzy Foreman took part in the Mini Transat and hopes to race in the Vendee Globe one day. In this series the experienced racer takes us on a journey through the lives of racing sailors looking at the challenge these men and women face. This month Lizzy shares her experiences with Team Jolokia created to promote diversity. Integration ...

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ONBOARD BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT

In the past 12 years OB has introduced more than half a million youngsters to sailing and windsurfing and in June it was been officially relaunched. It is RYA OnBoard but not as you know it. Imagine sparking a passion for sailing in a child, watching that child’s confidence and independence grow week-by-week and inspiring that youngster so much that ...

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Beer from the Brits

With quirky graphics and names from US Westerns, UK brewers are responding to the US-style IPAs from over the pond. A lot of American IPA beers are flooding into the UK market, some established brands like Sierra Nevada, others are interesting novelties brewed over here, like Punk IPA from Aberdeen’s Brewdog. They declare themselves as American Style IPA and tend ...

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