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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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Swansea

Swansea, on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales, is a great family friendly holiday destination. There is so much to do in the area – from exploring the fishing village of Mumbles, to visiting museums such as the National Waterfront Museum and the Dylan Thomas Centre. Swansea is Wales’ Waterfront City. It sits on the sandy five-mile stretch of Swansea ...

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Penarth, Cardiff Bay

Just across the border, Penarth Quays sits behind the impressive barrage, built 17 years ago to create Cardiff Bay – an area of open water ideal for events, recreation and wildlife. Cardiff Bay is now recognised as being one of the UK’s most successful regeneration programmes, creating a 500 acre freshwater lake, fed by the Rivers Taff and Ely, in ...

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Deauville delights

Enjoy this stylish French resort while discovering one of its best beers and the local Calvados. Once the Southampton Boat Show ends (25 September) there is still time for an end-of-season cruise. There is Deauville, the stylish seaside resort on France’s Baie de la Seine coast. You will find striking belle-époque buildings, a grand casino incorporating four restaurants, two bars ...

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RYA AT SOUTHAMPTON

If you are visiting the Southampton Boat Show this year make sure you pay a visit to the RYA. Following the success of the stand move last year, you can once again find the RYA located right at the heart of the show, adjacent to the RYA Members’ Lounge in the Holiday Inn Hotel (stand BO32). The RYA has a ...

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