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Highs and lows

Highs and lows

The 2014 Powerboat GP RYA Championship kicked off the season with the opening round held at Oulton Broad. It was an emotional start to the year for three times UIM F2 World Champion Colin Jelf who, after climbing to the top step of podium dedicated his weekend’s F2 victory to his late father Ted Jelf, a legend in the UK ...

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‘It’s the law’

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By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue Every time The Green Blue is asked what it does, we always reply with something along the lines of ‘sustainable boating’ and ‘self-regulation’. Fortunately most of the time the common sense argument of wanting to keep our sailing waters clean and healthy stands up to scrutiny but when an occasional dissenting voice speaks out, ...

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Boutique breweries get crafty. . .

Boutique breweries get crafty. . .

Once upon a time, before motor transport and telephones, there were individual public houses in England’s towns and villages brewing their own beer on the premises for consumption by their own customers. Then brewing companies were established to supply all the pubs in the village – and beyond. Then there were mergers and the UK was down to six or ...

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Top tips for trouble free towing, launch and recovery

Top tips for trouble free towing, launch and recovery

Get hitched without a hitchWhen you buy a sports boat or a RIB, your main concern is whether you can actually drive the thing without crashing into pontoons and other boats, navigate without getting lost and deal with any mechanical issues said boat may throw at you. What many of us overlook is that, unless you are fortunate enough to ...

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A buoyant Vintage

A buoyant Vintage

Somerset Cider Revival DESPITE the floods, Somerset’s only cider-brandy distillery kept on going. “We are still heavily flooded and most of the roads to our farm shop are blocked. But we are still in business for ciders and cider brandy via our website, with a daily courier truck that gets through the one road that is passable and the distillery ...

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The changing face of powerboat racing

The changing face of powerboat racing

Powerboat racers have, in the past, been described as ‘Moet maniacs and beer bellied guzzlers’ – a type of man with copious amounts of loose change to pay for his hobby. But if this is your perception, stop right there! It’s time for a rethink. It is, after all, the 21st century… Today’s generation of racers look for credibility, justification ...

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Great white shark diverts away from UK waters

Great white shark diverts away from UK waters

By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue   Marine wildlife in the spotlight The great white shark Lydia – all 14ft and 2,000lbs of her – is now reported to be heading away from the UK and veering northwest according to Ocearch, an international research organisation operating from on board vessel MV Ocearch, complete with at-sea laboratory and a 75,000lb capacity ...

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Vermouth revival

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Vermouth is back in style, helped by a resurgence of interest in cocktail drinking at home as much as in trendy bars. It’s essential to many classic cocktail recipes, from martinis to the Manhattan, while also regaining favour in its own right as a pleasant aperitif – its original raison d’être. The category is benchmarked by Italian Martini and French ...

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THE VALUE OF TRAINING

THE VALUE OF TRAINING

Windsurfer Jake Patrick knows the value of getting properly trained in the sport he loves. “When I was in Team15 I looked up to the instructors and volunteers and wanted to do what they were doing,” he says. Every year some 250,000 people of all ages and experience undertake RYA Training courses – practical and theory – across the full ...

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Going local

Going local

Be inspired to try something different from the micro brewing world The Belleville Brewing company of Wandsworth, South West London, founded January 2013, is an interesting micro brewery with a genuinely unique selling point: American style beers, billed as ‘beers from over there brewed over here’ and delivering distinctly different tastes. You might think of American beers as ubiquitous lager ...

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