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Jane_hyde

April 2015
Thursday, 26 March 2015 09:08

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The UK has a bad reputation when it comes to weather but in reality we do not get extremes in any type of weather. Just look at the freezing temperatures experienced in the US over the winter for example. Here, the hot weather makes headline news when thermometers hit a mere 30C. Hot yes, but not when compared to many countries where that would be considered a pleasant relief.

The Volvo Ocean Race teams expect to encounter all manner of weather conditions, but even they probably did not think one of the biggest cyclones in history would put a stop to their plans. The resulting three days delay to Leg 5 can be considered a lucky escape compared to what could have happened had the teams already been at sea. The Volvo Ocean Race, like so many others, does not wait for the spring.

However, with the new season starting, it has been a busy month with many marine events taking place and news of those coming up landing in the All At Sea inbox. The excitement of spring is definitely in the air bringing with it more boaters back on to the water and welcoming many others for the first time. If your boat has been out of action over the winter there are various pre-season checks to carry out. For those of you who own an outboard those nice chaps at Barrus have put together a checklist to ensure your engine is in tiptop condition.

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March 2015
Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:21

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Winning a handful of Olympic medals obviously gives the owner special powers. I say this because Sir Ben Ainslie can do no wrong. Even when his boat had a mechanical failure while on honeymoon he managed to end up on Richard Branson’s Neckar Island.

Having set up Ben Ainslie Racing in 2013 he is working full steam ahead, with his team, towards the next America’s Cup. Such is his influence he has got the backing of many big names and has even had a Royal visitor, the Duchess of Cambridge, at BAR’s base in Portsmouth.

With so much talk about the America’s Cup already we feel like it is within our grasp when in fact Sir Ben and his team have a long, hard road ahead of them. What we do know, though, is that they will have incredible support both from the public and the British sailing community.

The Royal family keep making their way into the All At Sea news pages, whether it’s The Princess Royal at the London Boat Show or the Duchess of Cambridge visiting BAR in Portsmouth.

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February 2015
Thursday, 05 February 2015 00:00

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AFTER last month’s dramatic grounding by the Hoegh Osaka we have been closely following events in the Solent as the car transporter was eventually moved to the Port of Southampton where the multi-million pound cargo was finally removed.

Many dents and scratches were spotted on the cars as they were driven off the ship, but there’s no word as yet as to their, or the ship’s, eventual fate. It would seem a shame to scrap cars which appear to be fairly good condition, but there will also be concerns about the effect the 19 days stuck in the Solent will have had on the vehicles’ internal workings. You also have to ask yourself whether you would want to buy and drive one of those cars. And many other questions remain about the incident.

 Staying on the south coast, the proposed Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre to the south of the Isle of Wight has been creating waves amongst sailors not least because it would lie in the path of the Round the Island Race (RTIR). While the impact on the race, if any, is not yet known, it will of course raise concerns as this is one of the biggest sporting events in the country loved by thousands of sailors and an important revenue generator for the local area.

Visitor numbers were up at January’s London Boat Show, which is great news. There was certainly a lot of positivity around and exhibitors have been reporting good sales. As you’ll see from the picture below, while at the show, I bumped into All At Sea’s ex-editor, Georgie Corlett.

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January 2015
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 11:17

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The dust has settled, heads have cleared and 2015 is well and truly here. However, sadly it hasn’t been the best start to the year with the dramatic events unfolding in the Solent just three days into January. While it is still early days into the investigation about what happened to the Hoegh Osaka, it is clear she was run aground by her crew on Bramble Bank. Clearly this incident could have been far worse with the loss of lives and major disruption to shipping. Nonetheless it raises new questions about safety in this area and how it could have been prevented.

Boating incidents have been making the news a lot recently, and not for the right reasons. A cement carrier sank with the loss of its crew off Scotland. More than 400 passengers were rescued from a burning ferry in the Mediterranean just days after Christmas, and this was followed by 1,000 migrants being saved from an abandoned cargo ship that had been found adrift in Greek waters.

Of course, all these incidents are very different and raise differing questions, which hopefully will be answered in time.

Let’s hope the rest of 2015 is a little less dramatic.

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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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