Columns

A toast of toffee to the end of an era

In The Drink - All At Sea

Toffoc is the name of a new toffee-flavoured vodka from a small family enterprise in Anglesey, Wales. It is a version of the toffee-flavoured vodkas you may have come across skiing in the Alps and, as far as I could see, the only new thing in drink at this year’s Boat Show. Sweet and, at 27.5 abv a ‘liqueur’, not ...

Read More »

Dark ales to warm up dark winter days

In The Drink - All At Sea

One nice compensation for winter is the attraction of the dark beers to be found in our better pubs. There are always a few seasonally promoted ‘winter warmers’ from major brewers and the ever-inventive small independents, and excellent they are, too. But a beer for winter does not have to be so named. Some of the best are year-round darker ...

Read More »

Thought in a bottle

In The Drink - All At Sea

A bottle is a always a useful present, but make it different, something that requires a bit of sourcing effort, and it becomes more than just the bottle that counts. On our cruises we often come across enjoyable local drinks, never seen in shops at home because their production volumes are too low for serious exporting. However, you may just ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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. ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »