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Little things that can make a big difference to clean planet

The Green Blue - All At Sea

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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What is the RYA

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The Royal Yachting Association has been around since 1875, initially as the Yacht Racing Association. But it has changed considerably in 135 years to become the representative body in the UK for most types of boating. Very interesting you may say, but what does that do for me? It’s easy to assume that anything with Royal and Yachting in its ...

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Disability can be plain sailing

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No matter what kind of sailing you are in to, the common denominator that keeps us all keen and enthusiastic is the freedom that being out on the water gives us. The thrill as you head away from land, sheet in your sail and feel yourself propelled forward by the forces of nature is undeniable. If you’re disabled, then all ...

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Book your place for the 2010 Motor Cruise

For many of us, our first serious foray offshore will be across the English Channel. It’s not rocket science but to the novice, it can be intimidating and it was with this in mind that the RYA set up its annual motor and sail cruises. The basic premise is to provide novice skippers with the advice and support to head ...

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Chance to see how other half goes to sea

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IT has been a long, hard winter but after months of battling with sub–zero conditions spring is finally here and with it come all the delights of the boating season: antifouling, mildew and peeling varnish. Sound appealing? Maybe not, and it is therefore important to focus your mind on the joys of actually getting back out on the water and ...

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RYA bids farewell to Rod Carr

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Whatever your view of the RYA, most people will eye the departure of chief executive Rod Carr with regret. Rod has been at the helm for the last ten years and he has been highly regarded as an effective ambassador for the many branches of recreational boating that we embrace. Having been there for 28 year, he has also played ...

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