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Sun Sail
Jane_hyde

December 2014
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 00:00

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Firstly I’d like to say how good it feels to be back in the editor’s seat of a much-loved boating publication. After many years at the helm of Boat Mart, before taking a break to raise two new budding sailors, I’m enjoying this latest challenge.

Thank you to Georgie Corlett for doing such an amazing job with All At Sea; I know from what you’ve been telling me that she will be much missed, but I’m sure you will join me in wishing her all the best in her future endeavours.

While I won’t be making any major changes to All At Sea, there will a few tweaks here and there. We have already taken on board many of your suggestions and ideas, but keep them coming in to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This is your paper after all and your opinions really do matter.

We love to hear from you, the readers. Whether it’s a boating story, fantastic photos, questions or just a comment about something in the paper please drop us a line. We will do our very best to reply to you, and you might even be in the next paper or on our website . Email is the best way to send photographs as we can’t guarantee to return items sent through the post.

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All good things... - November 2014
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

november_coverAt this time of year, with the nights closing in, you might think things were winding down in the boating world. But it rather seems the opposite is true!

Firstly, there has been lots of Royal involvement across the board this month. What an honour for our sport! From powerboating in Portsmouth with Geoff Holt, to celebrating our heroes and encouraging youth schemes - take a closer look at our news section.

Then there is the racing. From the debut flight of Ben Ainslie Racing’s new foiling AC45 on the Solent to the action-packed Atlantic battle for first leg victory in the Volvo Ocean Race, there is plenty going on in the racing world. And that is just for starters, as the Caribbean season is about to commence, and winter series on home waters are already well underway.

All at Sea has been out and about trying our hand at some cruising this month. A full report is on page 22. Whether you are planning to indulge in a little late season pottering of your own and looking for inspiration, or you are reading this already tucked up by the fireside, make sure you take up Paul Antrobus’ recommendations for a cruising tipple!

And if you have not yet put the boat to bed – we really hope you haven’t! - don’t miss our expert tips on pages 24-25 for both power and sail boats. Winterisation may seem like a formidable task, but there is plenty of help at hand, and it’s well worth the effort in the long term.

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The Bart’s Bash effect - October 2014
Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

October_coverFor anyone taking part in the global Bart’s Bash it was impossible not to be left feeling inspired by the end of the day, whether that was sailing on a yacht on the south coast, a dinghy at an inland venue or, in my case, sailing a borrowed Bosun as the sun set against the backdrop of Canary Wharf at Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre in London.

It was a brilliant evening as a group of old friends came together to enjoy some of the closest yet certainly the most light-hearted racing I’ve done in a while.

Speaking to friends who had sailed elsewhere in Bart’s Bash races to ask about their experience, wherever the venue and whatever the class, the words ‘privileged’, ‘exciting’ and, most of all, ‘fun’ came up repeatedly. It was a day that, simply, just had that effect.

From Olympians to complete novices, this incredible event encouraged so many people, of all ages and abilities, out on to the water,. It was especially great to hear about so many youngsters taking part, particularly when you think that Andrew Bart Simpson is so often remembered for his readiness to help and to inspire young sailors. Certainly, the sense of pride among the young Topper sailors who competed on the same race track as Sir Ben Ainslie, at Queen Mary Sailing Club was great to see. And there’s no doubt that Bart would be delighted to see his four-year-old son Freddie loving every minute of racing the Star at Weymouth.

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Bumper season - September 2014
Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00

latest_issueFrom the adrenaline rush of racing at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, to the staggering spectacle of the Tall Ships regatta - from beginning to end, last month was a whirlwind of all things boating, and we’re delighted to bring you a bumper issue.  

We’re also taking a look ahead this month to the on-water extravaganza that is the PSP Southampton Boat Show, with a special four-page guide. It certainly seems like there’s plenty of excitement in store this year, as organisers are pulling all the stops out to make the show more appealing to visitors and throw off any sceptics. Feature boats, live music and – best of all – more opportunity than ever before to get out on the water and try out new boats and new skills all sounds hugely promising… let’s just hope the sun reappears!

This issue we also report on some inspirational people; from 17-year old Natasha ‘Miss Isle’ Lambert conquering her Sea and Summit challenge, to Keith Burhans, a Paralympian who won the chance to sail on the Volvo 65, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. Despite losing both his legs in a boating accident, Keith still pursues the sport he loves. Geoff Holt reports on page 24.

And it’s not just those overcoming adversity that can inspire, but those determined to try something new. Check out our In at the Deep End feature on page 36, where columnist Georgia Pitt goes back to basics to see how newcomers can get started in sailing.

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All for a good cause - August 2014
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 09:31

latest_issueIt’s impossible not to be impressed by gutsy teenager, Natasha Lambert. Everything about this young lady is admirable - her determination, her positivity and her absolute passion for sailing.

The 17-year old cerebral palsy sufferer - known to her fans as Miss Isle - has set off on her latest challenge, the Sea and Summit Challenge. Following her Channel crossing last year (which gained her the prestigious YJA Young Sailor of the Year Award 2013), this is Natasha’s most daunting mission to date: sailing 430 miles along the coast line before climbing nearly 3,000ft up the Brecon Beacons using a special walking frame.  

Although Natasha is accompanied on board her Mini Transat ‘Miss Isle Too’ by her coach Phil Devereaux, she is effectively sailing solo, with Phil on hand essentially just in case of emergency. The helm and the sails are adjusted using a clever sip’n’puff method, with Natasha completely in control.

From the Solent to South Wales - it’s a phenomenal distance to cover solo for any sailor, let alone using such an intense technique. Natasha has been spending many months planning the voyage, learning about navigation techniques and has even undertaken sea survival training with the RNLI. Her commitment and professionalism are 110 per cent.

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