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PROTECTING OUR WATERS

Kate Fortnam, The Green Blue Campaign Manager. The Green Blue’s new educational awareness campaign has got off to a flying start. The Green Blue’s new educational awareness campaign started in September 2017 with a focus on raising awareness of the UK’s Marine Protected Areas amongst the recreational boating community. It works to provide support and advice in adopting best practice ...

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Better Boating

Become a better boater with help and advice from delivery partners RYA and RNLI. The RYA’s purpose is simple: to promote and protect safe, successful and rewarding British boating. A safe mindset and the ability to learn from others, are vital to achieve this. The RYA recognises that realistically danger can never be eliminated completely. Nevertheless, the national governing body ...

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The new Muscadet?

This month try a Picpoul de Penet, a zingy alternative to Muscadet. Picpoul de Penet dry white wine from France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region is beginning to get noticed and, as it rises into favour, we are seeing a modest increase in brands available on our supermarket shelves. Some commentators call it the ‘new Muscadet’. Picpoul translates literally, I am told, as ...

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Learning to Fly

The adrenaline rush of flying across the water takes sailing and windsurfing to dizzy new heights, and now thanks to the RYA it is open to anyone. Here is how you can get involved. Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you will know that foiling is the coolest thing to have happened to sailing in years. Where foiling ...

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How technology is changing standard products into multi-functional safety aids

Tom Harrop, product manager at Exposure Lights, discusses smart lighting and safety. As well as being able to summon an Uber taxi or your dry-cleaning service on land, rapid changes in mobile technology has made its impact on boating safety. These advances are helping boaters access lower cost safety and navigation aids. Mobile APPs with navigation data have been available ...

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How on board electronics are aligning with tablets and smartphones

Alan Davis, Product Line Director B&G, looks at aligning portable devices with built-in electronics. The growth of tablets and smartphones has opened up a huge opportunity for sailors to view and control their navigation data on board. At face value a tablet offers a low-cost, portable way to view charts, navigation information and instrument data from anywhere on board, but ...

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Sustainability Challenge

The RYA and British Marine’s joint environment initiative The Green Blue has revealed University of Manchester Sailing Club as the overall winner of the University Sailing Sustainability Challenge 2017-18. Environmental problems like waste disposal, climate change and the pollution of our oceans affect every human, animal and nation on this planet. Environmental issues are also a hot topic in lecture halls ...

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Push the Boat Out

There is something for everyone as RYA Push the Boat Out gives you the chance to try sailing and windsurfing for free or low cost this May. If you are on the lookout for something completely different, whether you are bored of the gym and want some outdoor health and fitness, are a bit of an adrenaline junkie, need something ...

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Whisky experience

The latest innovation in the history of Scotch whisky is a blend of several single malts marketed under invented brand names and labelled Blended Malts. They are getting traction with consumers, and shelf space in the supermarkets. You cannot get more crafty than Scotch malts. There are 126 licensed distilleries, each one a ‘craft’ batch operation and 20 million barrels ...

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Drinking with Mr Hobbs

As the popularity of gin shows no signs of slowing here are a couple more to try this spring. The new canal and narrowboats feature centred around a typical canalside pub, the Lock Keeper’s Inn, was a hit at this year’s London Boat Show, with reportedly more than 3,000 visiting the site on the Saturday alone. The Inn featured, appropriately, ...

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