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Cleaner Quieter Propulsion

Green Blue

By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue Hybrid propulsion for boats has been around for a surprisingly long time, with Royal Thames Yacht Club member Jack Delmar-Morgan, an early pioneer in electrical engineering and the automotive retail business, creating a truly unique yacht back in 1912. ‘Mansura’ was designed to run selectively under petrol, electric or sail power alone, or under ...

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Monte Carlo or Bust

Monte Carlo or Bust

Bust, I am sorry to say… but not for long! Originally the Venture Cup was a massive endurance race, re-creating history from 1972, which was planned to run this June and most of my powerboat fraternity were attempting to prepare for this huge event.   First we were racing from Cowes to Monte Carlo; then it changed to London to ...

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Bénédictine and Calvados

in the drink

Two good reasons for Normandy landings The Normandy Baie de la Seine is a popular cruising ground for UK sailors. At its eastern end is Fécamp, an achievable start point after a passage from the Solent for a summer cruise – thence on to Honfleur, Deauville and beyond. Fécamp has a visitor-friendly marina, a fishing museum and a beach but, ...

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Red, Blue, Green Blue

Green Blue

By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue If 2012 was the year of bilge socks, fuel collars and phosphate free washing up liquid, then 2013 is going to be the year of tarpaulins and, we hope, technology as The Green Blue takes another look at ways to minimise diffuse pollution, and the problems associated with copper concentrations in particular. At this ...

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What’s on at the RYA Dinghy Show 2013

RYA

The RYA Dinghy Show, in association with Suzuki and Yachts & Yachting, is the only place to be over the weekend of 2-3 March if you’re into dinghy sailing or are thinking about taking to the water for the first time. The event showcases  all the very best that the dinghy sailing world has to offer, from kit, boats and ...

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Race for Inclusivity

power column

I met recently with Fiona Pascoe, director of ThunderCat Racing and she told me of a mission statement that’s spreading within the ThunderCat community. “We don’t talk about someone’s disability; it’s all about their ability,” she says. “Over the past six years, Vee Ganjavian and I have promoted inclusivity. “People do think I’m slightly obsessed with the words ‘diverse and ...

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Ginger beers

in the drink

“Yaroo!” Billy Bunter would have cried. “Here’s the ginger beer.” And the Famous Five never went on an adventure without some. To get a flavour of what those original brews might have tasted like, try a bottle of Fentimans Traditional Ginger Beer. Fentimans makes a range of mixers – and non-alcoholic ginger beer ‘botanically brewed’ in Northumberland to a traditional ...

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Sustainability in the spotlight

Green Blue

By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue Like the 49 million other internet followers logging on five times a day to the race tracker, The Green Blue is taking a virtually obsessive interest in the 2012-13 Vendée Globe, especially as we follow the progress of our Green Blue Ambassador Mike Golding in this, his fourth campaign. We’d like to say we’re ...

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2012 – What A Year!

2013: A BUSY YEAR

What an exciting year 2012 has been to date; not just for Great Britain as a nation but for the RYA too! As well as representing the interests of 3.2 million UK boaters, we’ve run special events, crowned champions and seen Olympic and Paralympic JanuaryAt the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, the RYA unveiled its new ‘Our Sporting Life – ...

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