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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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Using mobile devices at sea

Paul Cuss, from marine logbook app WaveTrax, explains how a mobile device can enhance your boating experience. Personal mobile devices, with their increasing number of apps, can now replicate much of the navigation, mapping and tracking functionality that until recently you could only get with a complicated on-board device. The technologies of cellular data and Wi-Fi means that being tied to ...

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Cowes

As Portsmouth Harbour calms down with the departure of the dynamic America’s Cup teams to Gothenburg our rumbling tummies cry out for sustenance and carbs to survive the week that is Cowes. We followed the glorious Js into Cowes as they entered the Solent to dip their formidable masts to the Royal Yacht Squadron in its Bicentenary Year. I came ...

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On top of the world!

In this month’s British Sailing Team column, Laser star Nick Thompson expresses his joy and relief at finally winning the World Championship title. After four previous Laser World Championship medals, I have finally got the colour I wanted and am over the moon to be able to call myself World Champion! I feel like this win has been such a ...

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High tea on the high seas

With just over a month to go until the start of the Mini Transat, Lizzy is already packing my picnic bag. Good nutrition plays a huge part in race performance. Without it sailors lack energy, concentration and motivation, which are all vital to staying competitive and safe while offshore. It is quite common for competitors to lose between 3 and ...

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