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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Green Boating

Green Blue

By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue Apparently ‘sustainability’ is going to continue to be a buzzword for many companies in 2012 according to the Chartered Institute of Marketing, with firms keen to show their ethical sourcing policies and trim any excess in areas such as water, energy and waste – all good sense both environmentally and financially in these lean ...

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The RYA Volvo Dinghy Show


The RYA Volvo Dinghy Show, in association with Suzuki and Yachts & Yachting, is the only place to be over the weekend of 3-4 March if you’re into dinghy sailing.   Showcasing all the very best that the dinghy sailing world has to offer, from kit, boats and gear to expert analysis and insight on the Volvo Main Stage and ...

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Records tumble at season’s grand finale


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


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?


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


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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