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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.”

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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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Sailing Terms
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:23

Small at Sea

We all know that learning to sail is great fun, but it can be quite tricky to remember all the different words that are used while you’re sailing.

We’ve picked out a few common sailing terms for you to test yourself on, try to match them up with the definitions below.

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First of the summer wines
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 12:13

First of the summer winesJune is the first month of the summer quarter-year and the month when the JP Morgan Round the Isle of Wight race kicks off the summer regatta scene afloat and ashore. Time then to consider summer wines...

What makes a wine a summer wine? A practical benchmark is what goes with barbecues, cold crustaceans, salads and al fresco dining on the yacht club terrace. A descriptive benchmark is wines delivering summer soft fruit taste tones of strawberries, raspberries and plums, refreshing lighter wines suitable for serving and consuming chilled.

Whites and rosés may spring to mind but there is a growing trend for selected red wines kept in the fridge and served from the table-top ice-bucket - quite commonplace in French sailing meccas, so why not here, too?
 

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Highs and lows
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 12:08

Highs and lows

The 2014 Powerboat GP RYA Championship kicked off the season with the opening round held at Oulton Broad.
It was an emotional start to the year for three times UIM F2 World Champion Colin Jelf who, after climbing to the top step of podium dedicated his weekend’s F2 victory to his late father Ted Jelf, a legend in the UK circuit racing scene, who sadly passed away recently.  

Colin was a class apart all weekend but he was the first to admit that getting to grips with running the new Optimax engine on the back of his 2004 Molgaard hull had taken him a lot longer than he’d originally thought.
“I had lost confidence at the end of last year when we first tried it out,” said Jelf. “The extra weight gave us a different challenge but I have enough talented people in my team to overcome such problems - after all, winning races these days is now more a team effort than it used to be.”
 

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