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Disposing of your unused flares safely

Alistair Hackett, managing director of Ocean Safety, advises why flares need to be disposed of correctly, and to go about doing so. The majority of distress flares carried on board all types of vessels are never likely to be used.  They are, after all, only for an emergency, and it is, in fact, illegal to let them off for any ...

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Don’t fall foul of dust, debris and drips

The Green Blue urges boaters to prevent antifoul scrapings, drips and spills from entering the water by placing a tarpaulin under the hull. Kate Fortnam, The Green Blue Campaign Manager. It Is that time of year again… when we turn our thoughts to annual winter maintenance and the chore of scrubbing down hulls and applying a new coat of antifoul ...

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Why boatowners should use a dehumidifier over winter

Chris Michael, managing director of Meaco (U.K.) Limited, gives his tips on choosing and getting the best out of a dehumidifier. Many people like to use a dehumidifier to protect their boat and their belongings over winter. Organic material in particular is prone to damage from excess moisture which explains why cushions and bedding often smell musty when you return to ...

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Bringing home the medals

British sailors asserted their dominance in the first Tokyo 2020 test. For Britain’s Olympic class athletes, 2018 concluded with the biggest test of the year – the world’s best facing off on the very waters that will play host to the Tokyo 2020 sailing competition. After several weeks of training in Enoshima, the chosen venue for Tokyo 2020, the Brits ...

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Cheers to Toast!

TOAST – the best thing in beer since sliced bread. While turning the tide on plastic waste in the world’s oceans is gaining momentum with many people around the world, other eco-unfriendly issues are emerging which also need our attention. Food waste, for example. In a world where food poverty blights many nations, food wastage in developed countries is an ...

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Job Done

All the action from the British Sailing Team at Aarhus as they book their places for Tokyo 2020. ‘Job done’. That was the assessment from British Sailing Team boss Mark Robinson as Great Britain became the first and only nation to win spots in all 10 Olympic sailing classes for Tokyo 2020 following strong performances at the 2018 Sailing World ...

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Time for drinks

PX stands for the best sherry and whisky liqueur. PX, or the full name Pedro Ximénez, prominently displayed on a bottle of sherry looks like a brand name but it is not. It is actually the name of the grape-type used in the production process thats is Denominación de Origen controlled in the adjacent Montilla-Moriles and Jerez de la Frontera ...

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Events Go Green

The Green Blue set to launch new sustainability toolkit for event organisers. Kate Fortnam, The Green Blue Campaign Manager The Green Blue, the joint environment initiative created by the RYA and British Marine to encourage a more sustainable recreational boating sector, is encouraging anyone organising a boating event to think about how it can be made as environmentally sustainable as ...

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IS CARBON ALWAYS THE ANSWER?

Selden Mast’s Susannah Hart explains why Maiden chose a carbon rig over aluminium. When Tracy Edwards’ crew set sail around the world on the newly revamped Maiden yacht they will do so with a carbon rig, made by Seldén Mast Ltd. But why? Especially when originally Maiden had aluminium spars, which served her so well in the epic 1989/90 Whitbread ...

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The Next Step

If getting out on the water at one of the RYA’s Push the Boat Out or Try Sailing taster sessions floated your boat or you got the bug at the Southampton Boat Show, why not build on the basics by joining a club or taking a course?   First time boating is a magical experience. The peace out on the ...

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