Below decks


If you’re heading out cruising then you are likely to spend some of your trip ‘below decks’. There are lots of new words to learn and things to look out for as you head below, so here are just a few pointers and top tips to get you started 1 If mum or dad shouts ‘head down the companionway’ what ...

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Paralympics 2012

Sailing clubs seek winning formula

Changing fortunes: How the ParalympicsGB sailing team bounced back to win two medals on home waters Rewind four years to September 2008 and    Britain’s Paralympians had just returned empty-handed from China, the third successive medal-less Games since sailing became a full Paralympic sport at Sydney 2000. There were some dark days for the six Brits all of whom who had ...

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Taking the green lead on engines


By: Alex Watkins, The Green Blue With so many new alternative power ideas flooding the market in the car industry lately it got me wondering… What is the next step for the marine world? If you don’t like the thought of polluting our planet with a big powerful V8 then you can walk into a showroom today and order a ...

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The rewards of island hopping

Something for the ladies

A guide to British brews worth leaving the mainland for There is an irrational extra attraction to things produced on small islands, seemingly conferring an inherent status for quality and taste. Scotland has the Western Isles, famous for single malts exported worldwide. England has the beer-brewing isles, usually not even exported off the islands and thus bestowed even greater ‘local ...

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Next generation girl power

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Like most motorsports, powerboat racing continues to be a male-dominated sport, but there are more and more women getting involved in the sport as it continues to attract new people. In Jet Ski racing Anya Colley continues to dominate in both in British and European competition. Anya has just returned from Austria where she clinched the 2012 IJSBA Ladies Ski ...

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Talking Olympics

RYA Focus

From those who have been there, done that Until you have sat there, on that Olympic start line, oblivious to everything but the other boats around you, you cannot begin to comprehend what it is really going to be like. Likewise, when other people ask you it is almost impossible to conjure up the words to describe that maelstrom of ...

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Put A Sock In It!

Green Blue

By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue For the past few weeks The Green Blue team seems to have turned into travelling salesmen, turning up at clubs and marinas with a suitcase of environmentally friendly goodies – donuts and socks being the special offers (otherwise known as fuel collars and bilge socks) amongst other things. It hasn’t been a sales pitch ...

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Small at Sea

Want to wish the sailors of the Olympic and Paralympic Games good luck? Here’s your chance! Send your favourite sailors a message! With less than a month to go until the start of the 2012 Olympic Games the sailors of Team GB are making final preparations and getting ready to do battle out on the water, hoping to claim Olympic ...

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Memorial Race Kicks Off British Championship Series

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The first round of the British Marathon Championships took place at the end of May. Organised by the Royal Motor Yacht Club, the race weekend incorporated three of the UK’s most well-established offshore powerboat races. The first Needles Trophy Race for Class I and II powerboats took place in 1967 and over the years has seen competitors from all over ...

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