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Records tumble at season’s grand finale

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While I was preparing to head out to Key West for the 31st annual Super boat World Championships at the beginning of November, Britain’s speed demons were pushing the boundaries at Coniston Records Week in search of the elusive World Speed Records. From 31 October to 4 November British Powerboat Racers from all over the country descended on Coniston Water ...

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Going green at giant METS show

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By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue Earlier this year I attended the world’s largest Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam. METS is a truly colossal exhibition, dwarfing the likes of the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show. There were 1,250 exhibitors of which 150 featured in the Super Yacht Pavilion. You could buy anything for a boat ranging from helicopter pads, ...

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RYA Sail for Gold – what’s it all about?

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Inspire. Celebrate. Support – the motto for the RYA’s new Sail for Gold initiative to bring the excitement of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as close to home as possible for the country’s clubs, centres and marinas. With Britain going into the 2012 Games as the world’s top performing Olympic sailing nation once again, the media spotlight is inevitably ...

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Racing again meant breaking a promise

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ELEVEN months to the day after that incident in Sardinia that put me out of racing and I found myself going back on my promise to my mum that I would never race again. On June 11 and 12 at the Powerboat P1 SuperStock Jersey Peter’s & May Grand Prix  I was back in a boat with my helmet on ...

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Did You Get Yours

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Jane Swan – The Green Blue Project Manager I have to admit I became totally obsessed – checking my bank account every hour to see if LOCOG had taken a small fortune for a handful of Olympic tickets. But the magic deadline passed with no obvious withdrawal and I was pretty narked. Not only had I spent a lot of ...

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Still All About Fizz!

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June 2001, in the first edition of All At Sea, I wrote: “For our launch, we just have to follow nautical tradition and have some Champagne.” Despite today’s economic woes, Champagne, or at least a good fi zz, is still essential for a launch party, birthday, weddings or race-winning celebration. Prices have, of course, risen since 2001. Then we recommended ...

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Get qualified on your holiday

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The sunshine is glorious, all the stresses of everyday life have been left at home and those people just off the beach pottering around in Picos look like they are having a brilliant time. Every year thousands of Brits undertake watersports activities while on their holidays, often for the first time. Whether dinghy sailing, windsurfing, big boat sailing, or personal ...

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Back at the helm at last

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Well, I wasn’t sure whether this day would actually happen and I had resigned myself to not racing this season. I would probably have been a bit bored and lost not mixing it up at events with my fellow racers. I would certainly have missed the buzz and adrenaline rush racers get from waiting on the start line through to ...

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Good green reason to sail for Portugal

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Vinho Verde is a delicious, some say unique, wine with a lovely aroma and slight pétillance that makes it distinctive and highly regarded, especially for summer drinking. Medium in alcohol, it’s excellent with food. This delightful wine from Portugal is not often on the radar away from its home base in the Minho region to the north of Porto, even ...

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