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Sun Sail
You can teach an old dog new tricks
Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:00
Written by Dan Reading, Green Blue Sustainability Officer


How is the world’s oldest club keeping up with modern day pressures.

Did you know that the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) is the oldest club in the world having been established in 1720 - almost 100 years before early combustion engines were even built? There were no oil spills to worry about, but there was a fear of sailing off the edge of the world to contend with.

The Green Blue recently visited the Royal Cork Yacht Club to carry out an environmental audit ahead of the club’s assessment for The Yacht Harbour Association’s Gold Anchor Award Scheme, which contains various environmental criteria. The club currently has the highest rating of five Gold Anchors for its marina and is affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).

As well as a 220-berth marina and 38 moorings, the club hosts the biennial Cork Week, which welcomes over 400 boats. RCYC currently holds RORC’s Commodores' Cup, so there is a high pedigree of sailors who are current members. Previous members also include the notorious Sir Thomas Lipton, five times America’s Cup challenger.

Festive Tipple
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)
Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:00


Perk up the Christmas party with fiery ginger beer, iced tea and even rhubarb.

A couple of years ago I held a small panel session tasting ginger beers, as reported in All At Sea in January 2013. Fentimans non-alcoholic version came out top for ginger flavour and Crabbies Original was the favourite alcoholic brew we sampled.

“We liked the idea that ginger is reputed to have amazing healing powers, perfect as a winter warmer and a summer antidote to sea sickness,” they said. That’s quite widely held folklore and not necessarily scientifically valid but, even as far back as 500 BC, ginger was used as a medicine and food flavouring in China and India.

Since the test, the range of brewed alcoholic ginger beers has grown with different variations of the genre and supermarkets introducing own-label versions, always a sure sign of a growing consumer interest.

Record breakers
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 00:00


An incredible 22 records were broken at this year’s Coniston Powerboat Records Week.

Once more the sleepy waters of Coniston became a bustling hive of activity as it welcomed RYA Officials and Competitors for the 44th Records Week. With its breath taking scenery and own microclimate, somewhat sheltered from the Atlantic weather systems that sweep across the Lake District, what better location to enter the speed history books. After all Coniston is rich in history for being chosen by Donald Campbell for his Speed Record attempts.

The week started off with disappointment for both officials and those waiting to make their place in the history books as the ever reliable timing equipment had a fault and attempts had to be postponed until the Tuesday morning. 


Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:42


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.


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

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