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Sonar So Good

In this month’s British Sailing Team column, Sonar sailor Hannah Stodel tells of her delight at a hard-fought victory with teammates John Robertson and Steve Thomas at the Para World Sailing Championships in Melbourne. I am so excited to finally be able to say we are Para World Champions for the third time. After a tough week on Port Phillip ...

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Spanish treasures

Although not as popular as it once was, sherry remains a pleasant and comforting tipple at any time of year. One of the treasures of the wine world since before the 16th century, sherry is full of flavour, makes an excellent apéritif and is ubiquitous in Andalucian tapas bars where it is often offered on draught. Sales in the UK ...

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Leading the way

The RYA Volunteer Awards recognise the work of more than 50 volunteers across all aspects of boating, but here we put the spotlight on four of the younger winners. Reflecting the wide appeal of boating, the Awards cover four categories: the RYA Awards, RYA Community Awards, Francis Elkin Award and the RYA Family Award. One of those, the RYA Community ...

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Winter Beach Cafes

Dorset to West Sussex, taking in the Isle of Wight as we travel east. This month we do a round-up of some of the best beach cafes that are open during the winter months.  Hix Oyster & Fish House, Lyme Regis This relaxed restaurant overlooks Lyme Regis harbour. The simple dishes use locally sourced sustainable stuff. Obviously it is good ...

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New year sails

As we head into 2016 Matt Atkins, Director at Kemp Sails, explains why making your sails last is important – but so too is using them efficiently. Here he lists a few of the basics you need to know. Genoas Make sure the sheet leads are in the right position on the track. As a rule of thumb, the sheet’s ...

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The future is bright

In this month’s British Sailing Team column 49er FX sailor Sophie Ainsworth celebrates a strong result at the recent World Championships after a tough 2015. This year certainly has not been plain sailing for Charlotte (Dobson) and myself, but we are proud to have recently finished fifth at the 49erFX World Championships in Buenos Aires and are really excited and ...

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Completing the Mini Transat

Lizzy Foreman successfully completed the Mini Transat, crossing the Atlantic solo. Here Lizzy gives an insight into the race and her plans for 2016. Racing across the Atlantic was another game entirely compared to a short three day coastal race. I was trusting the boat with my life; one mistake and I could fall overboard, break the mast or damage ...

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Rio here we come!

2016 is almost here and with it comes the greatest sporting event of them all – the Olympic Games. And it just so happens that Team GB has a history of doing rather well at sailing… We are about to tick over into another Olympic year and with it comes the excitement, anticipation and inevitable highs and lows of competition. ...

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RYA 2015 Highlights

Yet again it has been a busy year for the RYA, from events and boats shows to crowning champions, getting people on the water and protecting the rights and interests of our 106,000 plus members. Here are just a few of the highlights from 2015… January Kicking off the year, outstanding youngster George Gillingham, from Poole in Dorset, was presented ...

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Festive flavours

Shop around for flavour this Christmas and find some price surprises on the shelves. First – the fizz. While price is generally an indicator of quality wine making and a consequence of the years of ageing, it may not, it seems, be a definitive indicator of tastiness. So says the Good Housekeeping Institute in its Christmas Food 2015 report. This ...

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