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Sun Sail
Double amputee hitches VO65 ride
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 13:30

A double leg amputee was drafted into Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Abu Dhabi’s Volvo Ocean Race team for this year’s Artemis Challenge at Cowes Week.

Keith Burhans, a 58-year-old paralympian from the USA, had both his legs amputated in 1995 after he was run over by a boat, but the determined sailor received prosthetic limbs just two months after the tragic accident, got back on the water, and even went on to represent the USA at the Sydney 2000 Games. Thanks to an ADOR Facebook competition, the native New Yorker was named the ‘One4Azzam’, winning him a place on the deck of ADOR’s sleek ‘Azzam’ 65ft yacht for the key August test – the first competitive outing for the new Volvo Ocean 65 Azzam and her revamped ADOR crew.

Speaking before the race, Burhans said: “I am extremely excited to have been chosen as the ‘One4Azzam’, and I’m eager to have the opportunity to demonstrate what a Paralympian sailor can do with a pro-team, I’ll be doing this for all my Paralympian brothers out there.

“I’m excited for the invitation, especially as a disabled person. There are almost no opportunities for a disabled person to join a team like this so this opportunity may be a chip in that glass ceiling.”

Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00

Small at Sea

If you’re going out and about on the water then it’s important that you keep warm and dry so that you can enjoy yourself and avoid getting cold and fed up. So wearing the right kit for the boating you do is essential.  

But remember, whatever boating you do make sure you wear your life jacket or buoyancy aid!

Pride of Clyde
Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00

Pride of Clyde

Back at the end of July, RYA Scotland hosted the ‘Commonwealth Flotilla’ which saw a 250 strong fleet of boats of all shapes and sizes make the 19 nautical mile journey from Greenock to Glasgow up the River Clyde.

It was estimated that thousands of people from across Glasgow and west Scotland turned out to welcome the Flotilla filling the official spectator sites at the Beacon Arts Centre and Riverside Museum.
As well as the official spectator sites, tens of thousands of people lined the route looking to catch a glimpse of the fleet, some cheering from bridges, with others lined up on every available space on the banks of the River Clyde.

The organising team from RYA Scotland also confirmed that over 1,900 sailors took part in the Commonwealth Flotilla, the largest assembly of boats in the history of the Clyde.

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.

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