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Something for the ladies

Something for the ladies

Considering how simple and enjoyable the standard London dry gin recipe is, the number of boutique distilleries opening up around the country and the expanding range of gins now available is quite remarkable. The new arrivals are mostly the result of enthusiasts dreaming up a better London dry gin mousetrap, like Sipsmith or Adnams. In retaliation, mainstream distillers are resurrecting ...

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Green Cowes

Green-Cowes

By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue With Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2014 taking place from 2-9 August, and with so much happening – from Boss Up the Mast and Ladies Day to the Red Arrows and Family Day – it’s hard to see how sustainability can be squeezed in to the programme, but thanks to Cowes Week Limited and ...

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Back in the driving seat

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I did it! After a two-and-a-half year break from racing I finally got back in the driving seat and raced with the big boys again. After a serious racing accident in 2010 many people thought I would never race again at the top level of powerboat racing and that I had hung my boots up for good. But I never ...

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Salvage laws and how they can affect you

Salvage laws and how they can affect you

SALVAGE laws have evolved from the philosophy that the protection of maritime property at sea should be encouraged by the courts through the offer of rewards to those who go to the assistance of others. Under Salvage Law a person who recovers another person’s boat or cargo from danger at sea is entitled to a reward based on the value ...

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Sailing Terms

Small at Sea

We all know that learning to sail is great fun, but it can be quite tricky to remember all the different words that are used while you’re sailing. We’ve picked out a few common sailing terms for you to test yourself on, try to match them up with the definitions below.

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First of the summer wines

First of the summer wines

June is the first month of the summer quarter-year and the month when the JP Morgan Round the Isle of Wight race kicks off the summer regatta scene afloat and ashore. Time then to consider summer wines… What makes a wine a summer wine? A practical benchmark is what goes with barbecues, cold crustaceans, salads and al fresco dining on ...

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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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