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

power column

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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Ride the Olympic wave


Legacy, legacy, legacy; it’s undoubtedly the buzzword of London 2012. But what good is a buzzword if there is nothing in place to actually make it happen? While the media spotlight falls ever more intensely on the sailors representing Team GB at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, behind the scenes the RYA and Britain’s sailing clubs, training centres and class ...

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The Green Blue Survey 2012 – the Results


By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue Back in February we asked for your views on green boating. A few weeks on and the results are in, so first of all, thanks to everyone who took part. In total we received 355 replies – the best response we’ve ever had and a pretty strong representative sample, so thank you! It’s slightly ...

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Zapcat Championships


THE offshore season for 2012 is finally underway. The first event of the 2012 RYA National Championships took place at Fistral, Newquay, from 21-22 April. The event saw 14 Zapcat teams battle with almighty surf conditions and unyielding onshore winds, producing some of the harshest conditions teams have seen in recent years. I had the opportunity to have a go ...

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No Accident!


Becoming an Olympic or Paralympic champion When, as we hope, at least one Brit stands atop the podium this summer, that sailor’s success will represent the thousands of people throughout the UK who work tirelessly to make sure Britain has the best shot of remaining the world’s top performing nation. That champion sailor will probably never know of the existence ...

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Prepping your boat in a ‘green’ way

Great white shark diverts away from UK waters

By: Alex Watkins, The Green Blue A new sailing season is under way; the days are getting longer and the urge to get out on the water to enjoy every little bit of sunshine possible is swarming over us and motivating us to prepare our boats ready for the coming summer. So I thought I would share with you a ...

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Powerboat Racing Awards


We’re all now busy gearing up for the 2012 season, but there was just one final formality from 2011 to be dealt with before we could really push forward to the season ahead – the 2011 RYA Powerboat Racing Awards ceremony. So, on 4 February, 350 powerboat racers, families, friends and sponsors descended on the De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel ...

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