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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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Out and about at the Show

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I joined the London Boat Show late this year, arriving on Wednesday morning but my first impressions on arrival were better than ever: smaller, more compact – but quality rather than quantity, with a great atmosphere. Ladies who lunch After checking in at the media centre, a hive of energy, my first engagement was the RYA lunch with HRH Princess ...

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Sailing holidays go green

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By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue It was no surprise to see ‘faux environmental concern’ (sometimes known as ‘green washing’) listed as one of the top 20 pet hates in a recent Telegraph Travel article. In particular, we have a dislike of hotels posting notes in the bathroom saying ‘washing towels wastes water and is bad for the planet’. If ...

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Record breaking the hard way

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When Keith Whittle MD of Powertech Marine was asked two weeks before the annual Coniston Record Week to attempt to break the Formula 2 and S2000 World and National records, little did he know how frustrating, stressful, dangerous and eventful it would be. The Coniston Records Week in 2013 did not start so well for Keith, when he was informed ...

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DESIGN A SAIL

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If you fancy winning your very own dinghy then this is the competition for you. The lovely people at RS Sailing are running an amazing ‘Design a Sail’ colouring competition at the RYA    Suzuki Dinghy Show 2014 where you could win your very own RS Tera    Dinghy worth £1,735! In a new twist for 2014, RS Sailing will also loan ...

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Special celebratory drinks gifts for sailors

Special celebratory drinks gifts for sailors

For festive tipples with a nautical twist, here’s All At Sea’s wish list The Hebridean Spirits & Liqueurs company of Helensburgh, West Scotland, has come up with a novel idea for its newest products: small and compact bottles just 10 centimeters cubed which will definitely never roll off the saloon table. Hebridean’s Ancient Mariner London Dry Gin is distilled in ...

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Green Gifts

Green Blue

By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue If you’re still searching for some inspiration for this year’s Christmas presents, there’s no better time to take a look at some nifty gadgets that will go on being useful – at home or on board – even when the novelty factor has worn off and Christmas Day is a distant memory. There is ...

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New helm for RYA powerboat division

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It’s all-change at the RYA for the powerboat division, as we bid farewell to John Puddifoot and welcome Jeni Jelf as the new Powerboat Racing Manager. John was in office for the past 12 years and successfully negotiated his way through some of the toughest times in powerboat racing; not only has the economy seen an impact on our sport ...

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Learning the ropes

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When is rope not just a rope? When it’s on a boat! There are loads of ropes on board but each rope has a different name depending upon what it is used for. Some are more complicated than others but here are some of the most important ones to remember… Halyards – Halyards are used for hoisting sails. The jib ...

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Tricks and treats for grown ups…

Tricks and treats for grown ups...

On Trafalgar Night and Halloween This is the month for Battle of Trafalgar annual dinners. There are traditional meal menus to follow but some thought, too, for the drinks will enhance the special occasion. Cornwall’s St Austell Brewery’s Admiral’s Ale, with its jolly Nelsonian ‘I see no ships’ pictorial label, is a good start. Flavoursome golden beer in the Tribute ...

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