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Sun Sail
The lifejacket experiment
Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:00


Bright coloured lifejackets make it easier for you to be spotted, so can you spot all the lifejackets in this picture below? There are three orange and three blue lifejackets… can you find them all? Try not to cheat by looking at the answers below!

Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:00

Weaving a boating web

Next July the British public will pay attention to sailing in a way it doubtless hasn’t done for a while; well at least since London 2012!

As Ben Ainslie’s vision to ‘Bring The Cup Home’ gathers momentum with the announcement of the first America’s Cup World Series event in Portsmouth, the one man who has the profile, success and respect to get even the most hardened non-sailor interested in some racing boats is helming sailing into the mainstream.

Now rewind 30 years and that man was just an eight-year-old lad in an Optimist, about to start taking his first competitive steps through the RYA Youth and Olympic programmes, on a then unknown journey to becoming a global sporting icon.

Ben’s story is understandably the most well told, but even when the marks are not so obvious, the RYA’s fingerprints in lobbying, training, advising and campaigning across all areas of boating, often under the radar, mean you only have to dust the surface lightly before the RYA’s role is revealed.

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. 


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