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Up for the challenge

Only launched two years ago, The Green Blue’s University Sailing Sustainability Challenge has already led to a new sustainability initiative with the RS Aero UK Class. When The Green Blue launched its University Sailing Sustainability Challenge in 2015, little did it know that within two years it would have doubled in size with over 20 university sailing teams competing for ...

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App for staying safe

RYA SafeTrx App, the mobile vessel tracking solution, has additional enhancements and continues to prove its worth to sailors. Our safety on the water should always be a high priority, but is often something we can take for granted, especially when our minds are focused on enjoying and making the most of our time afloat. With the full support of ...

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Cloudy Bay wins for Kiwis

Cloudy Bay brings its wines to the Round the Island Race, while in Bermuda at the America’s Cup it is all about the rum. Cloudy Bay comes to Cowes From South Island, New Zealand to the Isle of Wight Round the Island Race comes Cloudy Bay, dubbed ‘the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world’. Sailing folk will know of New ...

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Using emergency beacons to increase likelihood of rescue

Justine Heeley, Marine Director at McMurdo UK, shares some top tips on how to maximise your chance of rescue using emergency beacons. Anyone who is planning to go out on the water needs to be prepared for an emergency. It is vital that you not only carry the right equipment, but that you know what you should do in an ...

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Push the Boat Out this summer

If you want to get back out on the water this year or perhaps inspire your non-sailing family and friends to give sailing or windsurfing a go, then make sure you are ready for RYA Push the Boat Out. Due to its success, PTBO returns for nine days this year from 13 – 21 May with sailing clubs and centres ...

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The development of lifejackets and safety equipment

Spinlock’s James Hall looks at the evolution of lifejackets and associated safety equipment in recent years. There is no doubt that modern lifejacket design has changed considerably and one of the biggest drivers of this change has been due to personal ownership. Rather than crew relying on lifejackets being on board a boat, they want to own their own lifejacket ...

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Wine of choice

Club and house wines are always a safe choice. The Club Claret or Club White feature on the wine list of many clubs, yachting or otherwise. A Vin de Pays Maison is a likely offer in restaurants and gastro pubs, sub-named by a particular French region or town and a grape variety. Not always the cheapest but somehow suggesting a ...

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Which rope is best?

This month Lizzy looks at the use of ropes on board. High-performance yachts and dinghies use rope cores made from various aramid fibres – Dyneema, Vectran and PBO (Zylon) – for halyards, sheets, running and standing rigging. These fibres are very strong with minimal stretch, maintaining sail and rig settings over a wide range of wind speeds and sea states. ...

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Crafty Ciders

Cider is part of the trilogy with ales and lagers of our staple volume alcoholic drinks, served by the half or one pint glass and usually quaffed not sipped. We have enjoyed the revival of ‘real’ ale, arguably thanks to the CAMRA campaign, and latterly for craft lagers. Could a CAMRA-like approach to craft cider be next? There were 88 ...

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The Wild Side

Be steady and predictable on the water this season and you might get to enjoy even more wildlife. Jane Swan, The Green Blue Project Manager There is nothing that causes a stir of excitement on board more than spotting a dolphin on the bow wave. At certain times of the year you may also be lucky enough to come alongside ...

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