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How on board electronics are aligning with tablets and smartphones

Alan Davis, Product Line Director B&G, looks at aligning portable devices with built-in electronics. The growth of tablets and smartphones has opened up a huge opportunity for sailors to view and control their navigation data on board. At face value a tablet offers a low-cost, portable way to view charts, navigation information and instrument data from anywhere on board, but ...

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Sustainability Challenge

The RYA and British Marine’s joint environment initiative The Green Blue has revealed University of Manchester Sailing Club as the overall winner of the University Sailing Sustainability Challenge 2017-18. Environmental problems like waste disposal, climate change and the pollution of our oceans affect every human, animal and nation on this planet. Environmental issues are also a hot topic in lecture halls ...

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Push the Boat Out

There is something for everyone as RYA Push the Boat Out gives you the chance to try sailing and windsurfing for free or low cost this May. If you are on the lookout for something completely different, whether you are bored of the gym and want some outdoor health and fitness, are a bit of an adrenaline junkie, need something ...

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Whisky experience

The latest innovation in the history of Scotch whisky is a blend of several single malts marketed under invented brand names and labelled Blended Malts. They are getting traction with consumers, and shelf space in the supermarkets. You cannot get more crafty than Scotch malts. There are 126 licensed distilleries, each one a ‘craft’ batch operation and 20 million barrels ...

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Drinking with Mr Hobbs

As the popularity of gin shows no signs of slowing here are a couple more to try this spring. The new canal and narrowboats feature centred around a typical canalside pub, the Lock Keeper’s Inn, was a hit at this year’s London Boat Show, with reportedly more than 3,000 visiting the site on the Saturday alone. The Inn featured, appropriately, ...

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The benefits of dry berthing your boat out of the water

Lee Pollock, boat yard manager, explains why dry berthing could be for you. There is nothing new about marinas offering dry sailing for racing yachts and dry stacking for small motorboats and RIBs. While you might be one of the many owners who prefer to keep their boat in the water so that it is always ready to sail away, ...

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RYA Dinghy Show 2018

The RYA Dinghy Show presented by Suzuki, in association with Yachts and Yachting and Gill, is the only show in the world dedicated to dinghy sailing and is the perfect place to kick start your season. Taking place at Alexandra Palace, London, over the weekend of 3 – 4 March, this year’s theme is #dinghysailingforlife celebrating a lifetime sport for ...

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Vegan beers for all

Did you do Veganuary last month and want to continue a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle? Luckily, there is a good range of suitable bottled craft beers available for new converts as well as the already committed. They are in the minority on our supermarket shelves, but on a worldwide basis of different beer types the list runs into hundreds. WHEN ...

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Tackling plastic pollution

As the UK considers a tax on single-use plastics to tackle ocean pollution, The Green Blue takes a look at what boaters can do to help. In the autumn budget Philip Hammond called for evidence into the use of everyday plastics and how a charge could help shrink the UK’s waste – a project now well underway. Just last month ...

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