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Dreaming of spring

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They say that spring has been put back by a month in some parts of the UK due to the harsh winter weather. From The Green Blue’s new office near Glasgow I have watched flurries of snow chase past my window and shivered as sleet and hail has bounced off the roof, but every time I have gone along the ...

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Fighting green blue battle in Olympic style

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Listening to Stephen Park, RYA’s Olympic Manager, at the London Boat Show reminded me of the focus and tenacity needed by The Green Blue in the face of what can, at times, seem such an overwhelming challenge. As Stephen shared his insights into Team GBR’s campaign to ‘go for gold’ at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, he spoke of ...

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Step up for the 10:10 challenge

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Changes are afoot. After more than three years I am moving on to a fresh challenge. Inspired by the work of The Green Blue I will be moving to Scotland to take forward our work there. A lot has changed in the last three or four years. Copenhagen may be stealing the spotlight at the moment but let us not ...

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Sharing the water with care

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Central to our enjoyment of boating is being out in the fresh air among the elements – taking in beautiful scenery and seeing the varied and wonderful wildlife that our rich waters provide. But we have to make sure that our actions don’t have a negative effect on the wildlife with which we share the water. A change in legislation ...

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Race winning ideas that can help save the planet

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Is Green Boring? Not if you are one of a growing band of boat designers who have got the eco-bug. From eco-hulls to eco-engines the boat building world is waking up to the fact that there is money to be made and a new challenge to be faced. I remember a couple of years ago writing in these pages about ...

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Little things that can make a big difference to clean planet

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The Green Blue and RYA Sailability mobile phone and ink cartridge recycling scheme was officially launched by Princess Anne at the PSP Southampton International Boat show and The Green Blue ambassadors; Mike Golding and Dee Caffari also gave the prizes to our photo competition winners. During the Boat Show Dee also opened this year’s RYA Club of the year nominations. ...

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Back to old fashioned values for the boating environment

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Attitudes towards the environment have changed dramatically over the last 100 years. As boaters we inherently enjoy being outside and near to the water, as was the case a hundred years ago. Back then however the marine environment was a very different place. You didn’t find plastic bottles washed up on the beach or plastic bags floating with the currents. ...

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Yards or metres – get to the point of measurement

I have never been a fan of the metric system, but we have to live with it now. Pick which you would prefer: The metre, based on the distance travelled by light in free space in 1/299,792,458 of a second or one ten-millionth of the distance from the Equator to the North Pole through Paris. Or, the yard, based on ...

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Take time to watch your raft blow up

My four man valise liferaft was due for its triennial service and since I was in the Southampton area I took it to Cosalt off Marine Parade. The liferaft was good value for money and was in very good condition after three years. I photographed the raft in various stages of inflation, its equipment and the interior and exterior. Cosalt ...

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Brits lay down gauntlet at Sail for Gold

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Britain’s sailors are top of the leader board in the ISAF World Cup Sailing Series, a sporting achievement tht we Brits can be proud of in light of recent southern hemisphere events. August 9 to 14 will see the final Sailing World Cup event – the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta – hit Weymouth and Portland, and with the French ...

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