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Sun Sail
Green Cowes
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 00:00
By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue


With Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2014 taking place from 2-9 August, and with so much happening – from Boss Up the Mast and Ladies Day to the Red Arrows and Family Day – it’s hard to see how sustainability can be squeezed in to the programme, but thanks to Cowes Week Limited and Sunsail, it has!

There’s no better platform in the sailing calendar than Cowes Week to raise awareness of green boating but the trick, as always with trying to change behaviour both on and off the water, is to make it easy, practical and fun.

The Green Blue has enjoyed a fantastic partnership with Sunsail for over five years, and the company’s enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to green boating has been a driving force for this year’s initiatives.

Anything goes
Sunsail’s ‘green day’ during Cowes Week 2013 promoted across its fleet of Sunsail Match First 40 yachts is now regatta-wide for 2014, with all competitors encouraged to #GoGreenBlue and enter a photo competition via Twitter or Instagram by taking a snap of their best green efforts of the week – Incredible Hulk fancy dress, mixology with crème de menthe or recycling on board – if it’s green anything goes. With some amazing prizes up for grabs - a luxury ski holiday in Canada and tickets to the FA Cup Final in 2015 courtesy of Sunsail’s partners, Crystal Ski Holidays and Sportsworld - specialist hospitality, travel and event services company - there’s a great incentive to get snapping.

Free re-fills
Plastic water bottles are always a challenge at major events, but with the population’s thirst for plastic seemingly unquenchable and 80 per cent of disposable bottles still ending up in landfill, it’s time to make the switch.

With brand new free water stations available at Cowes Yacht Haven and Shepards Wharf (a huge thank you to both) and with sports bottles on sale in the Regatta Centre and from UKSA’s stand in the Yacht Haven, there are no excuses, especially with the proceeds going to AAM Cowes Week official charity UKSA – a great cause.


Something for the ladies
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 00:00

Something for the ladiesConsidering how simple and enjoyable the standard London dry gin recipe is, the number of boutique distilleries opening up around the country and the expanding range of gins now available is quite remarkable.

The new arrivals are mostly the result of enthusiasts dreaming up a better London dry gin mousetrap, like Sipsmith or Adnams. In retaliation, mainstream distillers are resurrecting ‘original’ recipes or adding novelty botanicals to their existing distillate to create new flavours such as Gordon’s Cucumber or Elderflower – or the pretentiously exotic Tanqueray Rangpur, which uses rangpur limes in recognition, I imagine, of the popularity of gin in the days of the Indian Raj.

Waitrose sees the resurgence as reason for a dedicated leaflet featuring over 20 of the gins it stocks of all types including a brand new one, ‘BLOOM’. This is the brainchild of one of the few lady master distillers in the business, Joanne Moore of G & J Distillers (the new name for Greenalls in Cheshire) which is a major producer of gin and vodka for its own brands as well as for supermarket own-label offerings. And, as far as I can research, this is the first gin variant to be primarily (but not exclusively) aimed at ladies and the female palate.

Having started as a London dry gin with juniper and coriander, it ends as a light floral gin with camomile and honeysuckle and pomelo (a citrus fruit from Asia sometimes called Chinese grapefruit) as the signature botanicals.

Back in the driving seat
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 12:02


I did it! After a two-and-a-half year break from racing I finally got back in the driving seat and raced with the big boys again.

After a serious racing accident in 2010 many people thought I would never race again at the top level of powerboat racing and that I had hung my boots up for good.

But I never said I had retired - I was just waiting for the right time and the right team.

Holidays for all
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:30

julygeoffSeafarer’s Nikiana Beach Club has become the first beach and flotilla sailing venue to receive Geoff Holt Accreditation, a new and unique concept within the beach and flotilla sailing sector.

Venues and their facilities are assessed on their physical accessibility against a range of disability scenarios and key staff receive bespoke awareness training. Once accredited, venues work proactively to promote their services to the disability sector with the endorsement of the Geoff Holt Accredited scheme.

Seafarer’s Nikiana Beach Club is one of several holiday destinations promoted by One Stop Sailing. Alasdair Boden, Chief Executive of One Stop Sailing, says: “We wanted to work with Geoff as he is one of the world’s most recognisable and inspirational disabled sailors. By assessing the operators we work with, understanding what disabilities they can cater for, and which disabilities may not be so easily catered for, we can then plug these businesses into Geoff’s network of disabled communities around the world.”

Salvage laws and how they can affect you
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:26

Salvage laws and how they can affect you

SALVAGE laws have evolved from the philosophy that the protection of maritime property at sea should be encouraged by the courts through the offer of rewards to those who go to the assistance of others.

Under Salvage Law a person who recovers another person’s boat or cargo from danger at sea is entitled to a reward based on the value of the property saved.

This is considered fair to the boat owner and salvor based on the principle that a reasonable owner (or their insurer) who has avoided the total loss of their boat or other property through the intervention of a third party should be prepared to pay for the assistance offered, and also the person providing assistance shouldn’t be left out of pocket for doing so.
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