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Patriotic solution to the fizz fuss

In The Drink - All At Sea

Whatever was all that fuss about our political leaders being seen ‘quaffing’ Champagne? Where have all the Champagne socialists gone? I know people for whom Champagne is their regular tipple . . . well, one. For the rest of us it holds a clear position as a symbol of celebration, success or ultimate hospitality. What would the Formula 1 podium ...

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Buy beer for the Legion and then look east for wine

In The Drink - All At Sea

In a month marking the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II, the fleet of Dunkirk Little Ships cruising up the Thames for their annual reunion lunch at Weybridge Mariners Club seemed very poignant. Many had Chelsea Pensioners on board, some of them on the actual little ship that had rescued them in June 1940. Next month, once ...

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Gin born in Cheshire

In The Drink - All At Sea

If Dutch Genever is the original gin, what then is Original Bombay Gin? Simply the first gin of that name by the Bombay Spirits Co of England, originally distilled in Cheshire and the forerunner of today’s popular Bombay Sapphire. Although based on a recipe dating from 1761, the Bombay brand dates only from the mid 1900’s and Bombay Sapphire was ...

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Stout and oysters for Calves Week

In The Drink - All At Sea

August sailing news may be dominated by Cowes Week but there is plenty going on elsewhere. In the same week that 1,000 plus boats and 8,500 sailors take over Cowes for the regatta first run in 1826, across the sea in Ireland in Cork Harbour the younger, smaller and more skittish Calves Week Regatta goes on. Plan for next year ...

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Lucky escape that made me stop and think

AS the boats line up at the end of the month for the start off the Royal Yacht Squadron of the 50th Cowes Classic Celebrating the anniversary of the Cowes Torquay Powerboat Race I’ll be enjoying the festivities on shore in the race village. Under doctor’s orders I am not allowed to race for three months which will mean I ...

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UK power teams turn up the heat

Shelly Jory - All At Sea

Nobody can say the world of Powerboat Racing isn’t exciting, as I found out at the GPS World Championship round in Malta last month! After securing the Silver medal on the Saturday and the championship leaders Baia down in fourth we were set for a fantastic weekend and the Malta Podium if we could finish higher than second on Sunday. ...

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Back in the driving seat to success

Shelly Jory - All At Sea

It was little over month ago that I was left asking myself if my 2010 dream of a World Championship title was a possibility or shattered before the season had even started. The race promoters pulled out leaving the Powerboat P1 teams without a championship. But with the passion and commitment that powerboat racers possess in abundance, race officials and ...

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Yes but … no but … yes!

Shelly Jory - All At Sea

Wow what a month! While most people have been doing last minute preparations to their boats for the season ahead of them Powerboat P1’s World Championship competitors were left wondering if they would have a season to race in at all. At an extraordinary meeting of Powerboat P1 Management and the race teams on April 1 in London, The chairman ...

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Racing with 500 Easter eggs in tow

Shelly Jory - All At Sea

I got my 2010 season underway with a race against the clock to deliver 500 Easter eggs. The charity challenge came from my new Sponsors, Rotary Watches, who decided to put me to the test before the season started and tasked me with delivering the Rotary Easter Eggs by road and water to 500 deserving children in various locations along ...

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Best seat in the house for RYA awards

Shelly Jory - RYA Awards

I had one of the best seats in the house at the RYA Powerboat Racing Awards Ceremony last month. More than 50 champions attended the prestigious annual event when the top powerboat racers from all three of the country’s powerboat racing disciplines gathered to celebrate their achievements. I joined Powerboat Racing Manager John Puddifoot on stage at the De Vere ...

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