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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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Beneath the Surface: The Art of Dredging

Dr. Ben Carroll, In-house expert and Assistant Project Manager at MDL Marinas, shares his insight into the art of dredging and why this is an essential practice for all marinas. Maintaining an exemplary marina which offers an efficient service is the utmost priority for all marina managers. However much of the work at a marina takes place under the surface. ...

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Young at Heart

It is time for one wine to get its yearly debut, while a fizz is still seeing a huge increase in UK sales. Every year on the third Thursday of November, the young red vin de primeur Beaujolais nouveau is released on to the market in a frenzy of promotion, buying and drinking. Just six to eight weeks old, the ...

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UNDERSTANDING NMEA AND INSTALLATION ON YOUR BOAT

Phil Whitehurst is the CEO of NMEA specialist Actisense, a marine electronics manufacturer based in Poole. NMEA, which stands for National Marine Electronics Association, is a not for profit organisation based in the USA. Its mission is to improve communications between marine electronics manufacturers. The latest standard is known as NMEA 2000 or N2K and is intended as the eventual ...

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Protecting marine environments

  The RYA reflects on the Government response to the Environmental Audit Committee’s MPAs inquiry The Government has not adequately responded to concerns around Marine Protected Areas, according to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). The suite of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is designed to protect and enhance the marine environments of the Overseas Territories and around the UK coast, whilst ...

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Celebrating Trafalgar

This year celebrate Trafalgar Day with a Nelson’s Eye. October is the month for Trafalgar Day events – 21 October was the actual day of the 1805 victory. At the annual Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, London, back in August, I kept an eye out for something appropriate for Trafalgar events and found Nelson’s Eye from the Heavy Industry ...

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How active is your marina?

For any boater, there is no greater pleasure than enjoying the fun and freedom of being out on the water.  For those of us who are lucky enough to own a boat, finding the time to fit cruising into our busy lifestyles or having the confidence to explore and extend our horizons can at times become challenging. Since its launch ...

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