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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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STAYING SAFE WITH GAS ON BOARD

David J Waugh, managing director of Apollo Gas Ltd, considers the safety aspects relating to gas on board. For those of us with gas on board, it should be remembered that Butane or Propane is the single most dangerous substance we carry. It is more volatile than the gas we use at home and we use it in an environment ...

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WALKER TAKES OVER THE HELM

Meet Ian Walker, double Olympic medallist, Volvo Ocean Race-winning skipper and new Director of RYA Racing.   In October 2017, Walker took up the baton from John Derbyshire, who has retired after 32 years’ involvement with the RYA, including 16 years in the Director of Racing role. Walker has enjoyed an impressive and multi-faceted career in the sport, winning two ...

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Winter warming wassail

A warming wassail will bring some mid-January cheer. “Love and joy come to you and to you your wassail too,” goes a traditional Yuletide song. It is not a carol but rather the basis for a mediaeval (1600s at least) January ritual for farmhands to go a-wassailing – meaning to go round the houses to ask for, demand even, food ...

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WHAT DOES THE RYA DO FOR YOU?

If you are considering joining the RYA you will want to know what you will get in return and what the organisation will be doing for you. It is a fair question. You buy a boat, you might join a local club or association, get a couple of training certificates and just enjoy getting out on the water. Rarely, if ...

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Celebrate the festive season in style

Time to plan your Christmas tipples, but do not forget those who are driving. Boutique craft gins As the craft gins phenomenon continues apace, a bottle is a ‘must have’ this year. Typically £27 – £40 per 70cl bottle and a decent 43 per cent abv, all are rated highly for their individual flavours. Bewildered which to choose? Choose your ...

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GOING GREEN FOR CHRISTMAS

If you are still searching for some inspiration for this year’s Christmas presents, there is no better time to look at some nifty gadgets that will go on being useful – at home or on board – even when the novelty factor has worn off and Christmas Day is a distant memory. Kate Fortnam, The Green Blue Campaign Manager There ...

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