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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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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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