Columns

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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Salcombe

Sunny, sparkling Salcombe. Darling estuary on the South Hams, favoured sailing holiday retreat of Mary Berry and birthplace of Jack Wills – what is not to like? I am so happy to be here in Salcombe on a sunny Friday morning. All smiles and good mornings as I walk along the high street heading for my first coffee. I duck ...

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Sailing for all

There are nearly 12 million disabled people in the UK, and sailing offers the unique opportunity for all of these people to participate on a level playing field. RYA Sailability is the RYA’s programme for disabled sailing and was established to encourage and support people with disabilities to take up sailing and other boating activities and integrate them into the ...

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Silver Celebrations

In this month’s British Sailing Team column, Hannah Mills celebrates a medal-winning end to her 470 regatta season with Saskia Clark. A silver medal at our recent World Championships in Haifa was a great way to round off our competition season, and Saskia and I will head into 2016 – the Olympic year – in a good position and excited ...

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Winter Propeller Checks

Paul Williams, Managing Director at Clements Engineering, offers a few pointers to look out for to ensure propellers and stern gear are in tip top shape. Now that winter has arrived and many people are lifting their boats out for the season they are often seeing the propellers for the first time in a year. Once out of the water, ...

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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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