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What’s it all about? RYA Youth RIB Championships

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The Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship is about kids making powerboats go as fast as they can. Right? NOT true says Andrew Norton, RYA Motor Cruising Projects Manager, who is leading a renewed campaign to get even more sailing clubs involved in this nationwide scheme promoting safe boat handling for youngsters. The championship, sponsored by Honda and Ribcraft, is an ...

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If you can beat them – join them

Shelly Jory-Leigh

NAOMI Williams, wife of world class powerboat racer Gareth Williams, has taken him on at his own game. Fed up with looking at Gareth’s trophies, Naomi has surpassed her husband’s achievements by winning the Thundercat European championship and setting the national and world 750s speed record. Now it’s his turn to admire her trophies! Thundercats are fast, nippy four meter ...

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Tribute to sailors

RLNI - Paul Boissier

THE RNLI’s Chief Executive has paid tribute to sailors, highlighting their role in reinforcing maritime heritage. Speaking at Harwich Yacht Club this month, Paul Boissier said: “At a time when the professional seafarer is becoming something of a rarity in this country, we would be in danger of losing that deep understanding and love of the sea that is so ...

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Sweet taste for pudding

In The Drink - Wines

SPECIAL feasts feature multi-course menus when the wines change to match each one, including the dessert. ‘Pudding’ wines are sweet and generally fortified with added brandy to raise the alcoholic level above 14 per cent abv. The rule of thumb is the wine should be sweeter than the food it is served with. It is costly to make and pricey ...

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Racing for change

The Green Blue

DURING the Sustainability Live! Exhibition at the NEC earlier this year I found myself on one of the largest stands at the show. I was approached by a man whom I had anticipated was an eager salesman. Angus was his name, Power Perfector was his game. I was adorned with RYA and BMF logos – it was not my cash ...

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Highs and lows of powerboat year

NOW that Coniston Records Week has passed in the first week of November, Powerboat Racing in the UK is over for 2010. Teams endured the worst weather in years in the Lake District with only the Monday suitable for real speed runs. The most significant new record went to Julian Codling in his 0250 Hydro – hydroplane boat with a ...

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New man at the helm of training

Richard Falk - RYA

ACCORDING to his mum, Richard Falk’s love of the ocean stemmed from being introduced to the surf at just two weeks old. Richard himself isn’t so sure of the finer details of this tale but the one element he doesn’t quibble over is his love of the ocean. The ocean is Richard Falk’s life and now the affable Aussie is ...

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From the sublime to the achievable

The Green Blue - All At Sea

‘WANTED: buyer for £110m green yacht’ was the headline in a Sunday Times article. A hybrid superyacht called Why (Wally Hybrid Yacht) with an array of eco features, 58 metres long by 38 metres wide and with only 100 people in the world fitting the profile of a ‘certain type’ of potential buyer, most likely to be someone who has ...

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Get hooked in the social net revolution

The Green Blue - All At Sea

Last year I was given the project of upgrading The Green Blue website and after 12 months of designing, searching for images, uploading content and getting everyone’s opinions, we finally went live. During the process it became clear that these days creating a website is just not enough and much to my horror some smart Alec suggested that we get ...

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Breaking the mould for a greener future

The Green Blue - All At Sea

Yacht 2041 has been berthed at Haslar Marina for the past few weeks so we dropped by to take a look. She’s a 67-foot steel-frame racing yacht built in 1990 to race the wrong way around the world in Chay Blythe’s Global Challenge. In 1994 she was acquired by Robert Swan OBE, the first person to walk to both the ...

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