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Winterising
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:42

Winterising

1. Use it. The best way to winterise a boat is to use it as it’s designed to move! A boat contains a multitude of systems that hate inactivity – particularly the engine. There are plenty of other items that would benefit from winterisation but if you decide not to use your boat in the winter and only do one thing, do it on the engine.

2. First on the list - general engine cleaning and observation. Shine plenty of light, use a mirror on a stick or a digital camera to see under and behind things. Dry the bilges to prevent corrosion and, if necessary, paint them white to highlight any leaks and drips in the future.

3. Whether your boat is being hauled out for the winter or not, fill your fuel tank to prevent condensation, which in turn prevents the growth of diesel bug.

 

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Go Windsurfing
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:37

Small at Sea

Want to know more about windsurfing? Check out the RYA Go Windsurfing! Book, which is all about windsurfing for young people. You’ll read all about how and where to get started, about the board and rig and how to put them together. You’ll pick up tips on understanding the wind and how to take your windsurfing to the next level once you’re hooked. There’s also a whole load of amazing windsurfing facts for you to enjoy, a quiz and useful words for you to learn. You can buy a copy from the RYA shop at www.rya.org.uk

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By Royal Wetwheels Appointment
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:35

november_geoffThe Wetwheels charity ended its boating season for 2014 in a right royal style, when, at his personal request, The Earl of Wessex visited our Portsmouth-based boat to see for himself the work we have been doing over the past two years.

The occasion of his visit was used to make two significant announcements for the charity, which firstly included a 37 percent increase in participation figures over 2013 (to a total of 1224 people). Secondly, we were delighted to announce the launch of the Wetwheels Hamble Appeal, which will see a Wetwheels vessel based at the new Prince Philip Yacht Haven on the Hamble for the benefit of local disabled and disadvantaged communities.

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Welsh Duo Do The Double
Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:26

Welsh Duo Do The Double

The Welsh powerboat crew of James Norvill and Charlie Parsons-Young were celebrating a remarkable double as they topped the podium at the P1 St Cloud Grand Prix of the Sea to win the P1 USA SuperStock race series - just two weeks after being crowned UK champions.
UK showdown

The Newport-based duo have been criss-crossing the Atlantic all summer to compete in the two P1 championships and clinched the UK title in Gosport earlier last month with a clean sweep of victories on a very flat, calm Solent in their GD Environmental Services race boat. The UK championship was not easy to win by any means with the top three teams – IFX Racing, Pertemps Network and GD - going into the finals in Gosport with only six points between them.

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Micro brew monopoly
Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:23

Micro brew monopolyAccording to CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale now in its 43rd year, new independent ‘micro’ breweries are opening apace while pubs continue to close down at 31 per week.

CAMRA organises the annual Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, West London. This year’s show in featured 350 brewers and over 900 beers, lagers and ciders from across the globe.   Ten or so were UK mainstream breweries with nationwide distribution, the rest small independent micro breweries serving a localised clientele. CAMRA says there are around 1,200 breweries and over 6,000 real ales in the UK alone. Two subjects dominated the festival bar chatter: excitement at the number of new breweries opening and concern about the pub closures. “At this rate,” said one, “there will be more breweries than pubs!”

London now leads the breweries charge with 52 real ale brewers calling the capital their home, up from 44 last year, with Fuller’s of Chiswick the only mainstream brewer still in town.

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