Race for Inclusivity

power column

I met recently with Fiona Pascoe, director of ThunderCat Racing and she told me of a mission statement that’s spreading within the ThunderCat community. “We don’t talk about someone’s disability; it’s all about their ability,” she says. “Over the past six years, Vee Ganjavian and I have promoted inclusivity. “People do think I’m slightly obsessed with the words ‘diverse and ...

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Sustainability in the spotlight

Green Blue

By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue Like the 49 million other internet followers logging on five times a day to the race tracker, The Green Blue is taking a virtually obsessive interest in the 2012-13 Vendée Globe, especially as we follow the progress of our Green Blue Ambassador Mike Golding in this, his fourth campaign. We’d like to say we’re ...

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2012 – What A Year!


What an exciting year 2012 has been to date; not just for Great Britain as a nation but for the RYA too! As well as representing the interests of 3.2 million UK boaters, we’ve run special events, crowned champions and seen Olympic and Paralympic JanuaryAt the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, the RYA unveiled its new ‘Our Sporting Life – ...

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A Visit to Parliament for Lucky Onboard Sailors

Small At Sea

Five lucky young OnBoard sailors were given an amazing opportunity to visit the House of Commons to meet with MP’s and Ministers and talk all about sailing.Iona Dixon, Grace Bradley-Shankar, Jake Prentice, Becky Brown and Stuart Philbey, all young OnBoard sailors who sail at clubs and centres across London, were special guests of the RYA and BMF at their Parliamentary ...

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ThunderCats celebrate with the ‘best brew in town’

ThunderCats celebrate

ThunderCat racing is hot news this month as the announcement comes that the UK has won the bid to stage the 2013 UIM P750 ThunderCat Racing World Championships. The event will be hosted at Pentewan Sands and Watergate Bay, Cornwall on 4-13 October 2013. Winners of the 2012 RYA ThunderCat Racing (Stock Class) National Championship, Southampton-based Team ‘Ahmad Tea’ (Mike ...

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Below decks


If you’re heading out cruising then you are likely to spend some of your trip ‘below decks’. There are lots of new words to learn and things to look out for as you head below, so here are just a few pointers and top tips to get you started 1 If mum or dad shouts ‘head down the companionway’ what ...

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Paralympics 2012

Sailing clubs seek winning formula

Changing fortunes: How the ParalympicsGB sailing team bounced back to win two medals on home waters Rewind four years to September 2008 and    Britain’s Paralympians had just returned empty-handed from China, the third successive medal-less Games since sailing became a full Paralympic sport at Sydney 2000. There were some dark days for the six Brits all of whom who had ...

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Taking the green lead on engines


By: Alex Watkins, The Green Blue With so many new alternative power ideas flooding the market in the car industry lately it got me wondering… What is the next step for the marine world? If you don’t like the thought of polluting our planet with a big powerful V8 then you can walk into a showroom today and order a ...

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The rewards of island hopping

Something for the ladies

A guide to British brews worth leaving the mainland for There is an irrational extra attraction to things produced on small islands, seemingly conferring an inherent status for quality and taste. Scotland has the Western Isles, famous for single malts exported worldwide. England has the beer-brewing isles, usually not even exported off the islands and thus bestowed even greater ‘local ...

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