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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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GREEN BLUE: Stop the Spill

Are you an RYA instructor or training centre interested in adding value to your courses? The Green Blue now offers visits to train instructors in a new selection of fun, interactive and informative environment and boating activities with intriguing names like Alien Tag and Stop the Spill. The Green Blue has been calling in at sailing clubs and centres across ...

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Sticking to the rules

You may have a experienced a powerboater pass too close at speed or come across a boater whose ignorance has led to a potentially dangerous situation. Incidents like these reinforce the fact that it is not only important to understand the rules of the road, but to follow them at all times on the water. It seems that no matter ...

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NAVIGATION PREPARATION

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 is looking at preparing your navigation for racing. IT has become ...

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Buying the dream

With many people looking to buy a boat at next month’s Southampton Boat Show Stuart Austin, MD of Promarine Finance, looks at finance options to help you live the dream. The dream of boat ownership or upgrading your existing boat need not be that far away. This could be a motorboat with a cuddy or an extra berth, changing from ...

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Cowes Week debutant

The Isle of Wight Distillery’s new Wight Mermaid Gin is making its first Cowes Week appearance this month. I am surprised that the commercially astute Isle of Wight only just has its first distillery. The Isle of Wight Distillery is based at the established Rosemary Vineyard near Ryde and the two founders, Xavier Baker and Conrad Gauntlett, have been able ...

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Milford Marina & Milford Fish Festival

Penny pays a visit to Pembrokeshire’s Milford Marina and the wonderful Milford Fish Festival, part of Pembrokeshire Fish Week. The Port of Milford Haven owns and runs Milford Marina. The 320-berth marina enjoys a wide range of shoreside facilities including cafes, bars and restaurants, gift shops, hairdressers/beauty salons and physio, along with the usual boat yard services, plus a wet ...

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