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Tresco

Tresco is a subtropical gem with a little bit of everything – from dramatic rocky outcrops, bronze age burial sites and romantic castle ruins, to secluded sandy beaches and, of course, the world famous Tresco Abbey Garden. The Scillies are on many sailors’ bucket list, but if you can not manage the weather window to get there by boat, do ...

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Festive Tipple

LEADdrink

Perk up the Christmas party with fiery ginger beer, iced tea and even rhubarb. A couple of years ago I held a small panel session tasting ginger beers, as reported in All At Sea in January 2013. Fentimans non-alcoholic version came out top for ginger flavour and Crabbies Original was the favourite alcoholic brew we sampled. “We liked the idea ...

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Record breakers

Sam-Whittle

An incredible 22 records were broken at this year’s Coniston Powerboat Records Week. Once more the sleepy waters of Coniston became a bustling hive of activity as it welcomed RYA Officials and Competitors for the 44th Records Week. With its breath taking scenery and own microclimate, somewhat sheltered from the Atlantic weather systems that sweep across the Lake District, what ...

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Winterising

Winterising

1. Use it. The best way to winterise a boat is to use it as it’s designed to move! A boat contains a multitude of systems that hate inactivity – particularly the engine. There are plenty of other items that would benefit from winterisation but if you decide not to use your boat in the winter and only do one ...

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Go Windsurfing

Small at Sea

Want to know more about windsurfing? Check out the RYA Go Windsurfing! Book, which is all about windsurfing for young people. You’ll read all about how and where to get started, about the board and rig and how to put them together. You’ll pick up tips on understanding the wind and how to take your windsurfing to the next level ...

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Welsh Duo Do The Double

Welsh Duo Do The Double

The Welsh powerboat crew of James Norvill and Charlie Parsons-Young were celebrating a remarkable double as they topped the podium at the P1 St Cloud Grand Prix of the Sea to win the P1 USA SuperStock race series – just two weeks after being crowned UK champions.UK showdown The Newport-based duo have been criss-crossing the Atlantic all summer to compete ...

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Micro brew monopoly

Micro brew monopoly

According to CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale now in its 43rd year, new independent ‘micro’ breweries are opening apace while pubs continue to close down at 31 per week. CAMRA organises the annual Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, West London. This year’s show in featured 350 brewers and over 900 beers, lagers and ciders from across the globe.   ...

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Mini race, max impact

Mini race, max impact

By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue Planning for a sustainable Mini Transat 2015 It’s increasingly common these days for major events to include sustainability in their vision, operations and legacy, London 2012 having led the way. It’s also becomingly increasingly common for teams and competitors to consider where sustainability might fit within their campaigns, Team Origin’s ‘Race for Change’ being ...

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Pride of Clyde

Pride of Clyde

Back at the end of July, RYA Scotland hosted the ‘Commonwealth Flotilla’ which saw a 250 strong fleet of boats of all shapes and sizes make the 19 nautical mile journey from Greenock to Glasgow up the River Clyde. It was estimated that thousands of people from across Glasgow and west Scotland turned out to welcome the Flotilla filling the ...

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WHAT TO WEAR?

Small at Sea

If you’re going out and about on the water then it’s important that you keep warm and dry so that you can enjoy yourself and avoid getting cold and fed up. So wearing the right kit for the boating you do is essential.   But remember, whatever boating you do make sure you wear your life jacket or buoyancy aid!

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