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Emsworth

Tucked away in the south east corner of Hampshire on the shore of Chichester Harbour, Emsworth is an attractive, vibrant town. Tucked up in the sheltered left armpit of Chichester Harbour, it is hard to believe that sleepy Emsworth was once home to James Duncan Foster, who built the 110ft Echo, the largest sailing fishing vessel ever built in England. ...

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A taste of Christmas

A delicious drinks basket for the festive period with some of the best tipples reviewed in All at Sea over the year.   Fizz Top of the Pops this year and trending fast is Thomson & Scott’s Skinny Prosecco. It is a quality wine with discernible flavour at 11 per cent abv but crucially only 67 calories per 100ml glass, ...

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Dorset’s Delights

Beautiful Dorset has plenty to tempt boaters, and this month it is Weymouth’s Feast festival and the delights of Poundbury that have caught Penny’s eye. As the Indian summer fades we pull out the winter boots our tastes turn to heartier fare. Using the boat as a handy B&B is a great way to see all those places you did ...

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Champions of tomorrow

While our British Olympians and Paralympians were winning medals on the waters of Guanabara Bay at Rio 2016, the next generation of sailors were honing their skills in their respective youth and junior classes. The British Youth Sailing Team manage sailors from the very start of the Pathway until their final transition into the British Sailing Team. They are supporting ...

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A calculated risk

Last year Lizzy Foreman took part in the Mini Transat and hopes to race in the Vendee Globe one day. In this series the experienced racer takes us on a journey through the lives of racing sailors looking at the challenge these men and women face. This month Lizzy considers the impact of foiling boats in the current edition of ...

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Crafty Gins

For a craft gin it is the distilling process that counts, not because a distillery is new. The resurgent popularity of gin over the last five or so years is remarkable, driven by new craft distillations entering the market. Trendy bars offer a dedicated gin list and one of our royal yacht clubs recently scheduled a tutored gin-tasting evening. There ...

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The effect of weather on boaters’ eyes and keeping them healthy

Optometrist Sarah Farrant offers her top tips for keeping your eyes healthy at sea. Keep your peepers under wraps The weather can cause the moisture that lubricates our eyes to evaporate too quickly causing our eyes to stream with water or dry–up and feel gritty. Wearing wraparound sunglasses will protect your eyes not just from harsh UV rays but from ...

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Power to the children

As Britain’s leading programme for introducing kids to powerboats and training them to be safe, proficient drivers and excellent boat handlers, the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship is celebrating its 15th anniversary. First created in 2000 by RYA Powerboat Projects Manager and Event Director Andrew Norton to offer children a fun, safe and enjoyable way of honing essential skills the ...

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Water Matters

There has been a lot of media attention on microbeads and the effect that these may have on our marine environment. Dan Reading, Green Blue Sustainability Officer Firstly, some of you might be asking what microbeads are and why you have not seen any. Essentially they are small (less than 1mm) pieces of plastic which are used for a wide ...

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LONG DISTANCE SAILING PREPARATION

Andy Willett of Stella Maris Yachting explains how to properly prepare for a long distance sailing trip. The current interest in long distance sailing shows no sign of slowing down as many owners, crews, couples and families give up their jobs to buy a comfortable boat, usually 40ft plus, and make plans to head off across the Atlantic, through the ...

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