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Preparing for the Mini Transat

Lizzy is one of only four women competing amongst 74 solo sailors in the 2015  Mini Transat ÎLES DE  GUADELOUPE. All at Sea caught up with Lizzy as she finalised her preparations before setting off on 19 September from Douarnenez, France.   What did you do in the build-up to the Mini Transat? With a solid background in short-handed sailing, ...

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Sailing choices

One of the best things about sailing is there is always something new to learn and so many choices available. When you are still new to the sport and maybe just completed your RYA Level 1 and 2 or have spent time on a friend’s yacht and tackled your RYA Competent Crew, how do you know what is the right ...

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What a difference a year makes

In this month’s British Sailing Team column, Nacra 17 sailor Hannah Diamond talks about her 2015 Test Event experience in Rio. If I think back to where both John Gimson and I were individually last year and where we are now as a team, a lot has changed. Where I thought I would be one year out from the Games ...

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Brixham

Brixham makes a great stop off on your way west after leaving Portland with a sheltered wide bay, dramatic headlands at Berry Head and a choice of two marinas.   The South Coast’s most productive fishing port fills up the western corner of Tor Bay, sheltered by its long breakwater, nodding over to the resort town of Torquay, with its ...

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Next-Gen Internet draws travellers afloat

Romain Butet, maritime communications expert from MVG, explains what telecommunication breakthroughs mean for the maritime industry and what the future holds.   Just a few years ago, time at sea meant very limited communications with those back at home or work and if you did need to reach someone in most cases it was very expensive. With recent improvements and ...

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Harsh realities of modern diesel’s effect on marine engines

Today’s diesel fuel is very different to the diesel that was supplied a few years ago; quality has steadily decreased as supply chains have increased and new emission control standards have resulted in ULSD (Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel) and biodiesel finding their way into the supply chain. Peter Weide of MarShip UK examines the implications of this and what users ...

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Heading for Southampton

A wide choice of beers, wines and spirits await you at the bars and drinks stands at the Southampton Boat Show. For many, a quiet little (responsible) drink on board is an integral part of the pleasure of sailing. The Southampton Boat Show has a bigger than usual selection of drinks you can enjoy whilst there or look out for ...

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Navigating through a sea of rosés

How to choose the best pink-hued wine for a summer occasion. It is sailing regatta season and bottles of pale pink rosé in a cooler on the club terrace or deck are a common enough sight. The third colour choice is often available at a party or barbecue, too. Time was that rosé did not have a popular following in ...

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One year to go… Rio 2016

With just a year until the Olympic Games in Brazil, British sailors head to Rio for an important Test Event.   “Ultimately the next two years is all about winning races in Rio.” These were the words of Finn frontrunner Giles Scott after winning gold at the first Rio Olympic Test Event with a day to spare exactly one year ...

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Promoting Change

Of late and in no small part thanks to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, sustainability has become a regular feature of major events and sailing is no exception. Sporting events are no strangers to being used as political platforms; take the boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics or the human rights protests surrounding the 2008 Beijing Games as ...

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