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Sun Sail
Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00


The RYA Safety Advisory Notice 2015 offers a simple digest of critical safety issues, including those that have arisen from incidents in the past year, compiled for the leisure boater.

Back in January visitors to the Royal Yachting Association stand at the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show picked up the latest edition of the RYA Safety Advisory Notice. First launched at the 2014 show, the newly refreshed second edition focuses on six key topics: personal location devices, communication, lifejackets and lifejacket servicing, running aground, weather forecasts and effective planning.

It builds on the advice in the first edition, which covered the use of kill cords and prop guards, alcohol and boating, buoyancy aids and lifejackets, carbon monoxide poisoning and the proper registration of EPIRB and PLBs.

Know your knots
Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00

Half_knotA reef knot is used for tying a rope round something or tying two ropes together (as long as they are the same thickness). The reef knot is traditionally used for tying reef points in a sail. (You put a reef in a sail to make it smaller in strong winds).

1. Start by forming a half knot…

  • Take the two end of a line, one in each hand
  • Cross the right hand working end over the left hand working end
  • Tuck it under and out to the left
  • Pull the two working ends to tighten or adjust to size
Ship Shape
Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00


Your boat may be ready for the new season but is your body? Senior fitness expert and Bootcamp manager Kenna Hockley from Shape Up Studios in Lymington talks about the benefits of a bootcamp.

I imagine by now you have either prepared your boat or certainly you will have a plan in place about preparing your boat for the season ahead. Getting it in the best shape means more time on the water to help reach your performance goals for 2015. Have you thought about your fitness, though, and incorporating this into your overall campaign for the year?

Whether you are looking to win a national or world championship or simply take part in your club racing or cruising events, fitness and nutrition can mean the difference between a good day on the water and a bad one.

A bootcamp is a concentrated range of activities across the board including the use of Power Plates, HIIT circuits, Spin studio and the great outdoors. Bootcamps are designed to take you out of your comfort zone and help you challenge yourself both physically and mentally.

RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show
Thursday, 05 February 2015 14:44

dinghyThere’s no better place to prepare for the season ahead than the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show in association with Yachts and Yachting.

Over the weekend of 28 February – 1st March, Alexandra Palace will once again transform into a world of dinghy sailing to host the only show in the world dedicated exclusively to this sport.

Visitors will discover hundreds of dinghies from beautiful timeless classics to high performance design as well as cutting edge kit and gear, interactive coaching sessions and talks from Britain’s top dinghy sailors. Each year the show brings new visitors as well as hundreds of top sailing brands, training centres, class associations, clubs, boat builders, holiday companies and more.

What’s in store for 2015?
Whether you sail by the coast or inland, there is one thing every sailor needs to know, and that’s what the weather is going to do. On the Suzuki Main Stage at 12:00 Meteorologist Chris Tibbs will share his top tips to help sailors interpret the weather and tides more accurately.

A Decade of Change
Thursday, 05 February 2015 00:00

What a difference ten years has made to the relationsip between sailors and the environment. Making the environment second nature has not been a quick fix but rather a voyage of small but meaningful transformations. 

It only seems like yesterday that global yachtsman Mike Golding and artist Pippa Blake were launching The Green Blue – the joint environment project from the British Marine Federation (BMF) and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) – at the Southampton Boat Show, but time has flown and in 2015 it’s amazing to think that the project will be celebrating its tenth anniversary.

As with all projects designed to change attitudes and behaviours, it is always useful to get the early adopters onside as soon as possible, and the project has been lucky to have the support of so many key names in the industry who could see the benefits of moving to a more sustainable way of working.

Of course, general attitudes and awareness of all things environmental have increased as well, so to some extent The Green Blue has been able to capitalise on new generations of boaters who have grown up with more understanding and acceptance of how important simple changes are, from turning off taps and switching appliances off standby to recycling and upcycling.

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