Columns

Selling Up

When the time comes to sell your pride and joy, it can often be a difficult and emotional time. Neil Chapman, founder of Boatshed, shares his top tips for smooth sailing when it comes to selling.   At Boatshed we have now been involved in the sale of over 20,000 boats, so we understand a little bit about the emotions from ...

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Ladies who launch

There is no doubt that sailing and motor boating are amongst the most gender inclusive sports around. But how do we help even more females seize the opportunities that are increasingly available and increase the representation of women in the sport? January’s Arkenford National Watersports Participation Survey showed female participation in ‘any boating activity’ has increased steadily since 2010 and ...

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LILY DEVINE, PHYSIOTHERAPIST

I qualified as a physio in 2002 and like most physios I worked for four years in the NHS, getting my basic training and development done. Alongside this I did lots of volunteer and evening work with small sporting teams to build up my experience. In 2005/06 I got a bit of a break and got a job with Saracens RFC ...

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Special beers from the east

Still they come… American-style ales brewed in Britain, as seen in AAS July, an innovation led by small ‘craft ale’ operations but now big enough to interest some larger breweries. Greene King of Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk, which brews beers such as IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Abbott Ale, is now producing East Coast IPA – East Coast America, that ...

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Plymouth

Historic Plymouth is always a favourite amongst boaters and offers a terrific choice of places to have a meal or just stop off for a snack and a drink. Plymouth sits on the border between Devon and Cornwall and has played a key role in Britain’s Naval history; Devonport is the largest operational naval base in Western Europe. It is ...

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The greatest honour

In this month’s British Sailing Team column, double 470 World Champion Elliot Willis celebrates his first ever Olympic Games call-up, having been officially named on the team sheet for Rio. Olympic campaigning has been a long road for me, so it is fantastic to know that I now finally have the chance to race for gold at an Olympic Games. ...

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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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