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Welsh Duo Do The Double
Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:26

Welsh Duo Do The Double

The Welsh powerboat crew of James Norvill and Charlie Parsons-Young were celebrating a remarkable double as they topped the podium at the P1 St Cloud Grand Prix of the Sea to win the P1 USA SuperStock race series - just two weeks after being crowned UK champions.
UK showdown

The Newport-based duo have been criss-crossing the Atlantic all summer to compete in the two P1 championships and clinched the UK title in Gosport earlier last month with a clean sweep of victories on a very flat, calm Solent in their GD Environmental Services race boat. The UK championship was not easy to win by any means with the top three teams – IFX Racing, Pertemps Network and GD - going into the finals in Gosport with only six points between them.

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Micro brew monopoly
Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:23

Micro brew monopolyAccording to CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale now in its 43rd year, new independent ‘micro’ breweries are opening apace while pubs continue to close down at 31 per week.

CAMRA organises the annual Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, West London. This year’s show in featured 350 brewers and over 900 beers, lagers and ciders from across the globe.   Ten or so were UK mainstream breweries with nationwide distribution, the rest small independent micro breweries serving a localised clientele. CAMRA says there are around 1,200 breweries and over 6,000 real ales in the UK alone. Two subjects dominated the festival bar chatter: excitement at the number of new breweries opening and concern about the pub closures. “At this rate,” said one, “there will be more breweries than pubs!”

London now leads the breweries charge with 52 real ale brewers calling the capital their home, up from 44 last year, with Fuller’s of Chiswick the only mainstream brewer still in town.

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Mini race, max impact
Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:20
By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue

Mini race, max impact

Planning for a sustainable Mini Transat 2015

It’s increasingly common these days for major events to include sustainability in their vision, operations and legacy, London 2012 having led the way. It’s also becomingly increasingly common for teams and competitors to consider where sustainability might fit within their campaigns, Team Origin’s ‘Race for Change’ being a great example of recent times.

Becky Scott, Artemis Offshore Academy graduate, is doing just that as part of her two year campaign to qualify for the 2015 Mini Transat, and with a Masters in Environmental Management is well qualified to take on the challenge.
 

Tough challenge

The Mini Transat is one of the toughest solo yacht races in the world thanks to the combination of the small size of the boats (6.5m or 21ft), the distance (4,020 miles across the Atlantic) and the restrictions on the technology permitted on board. The race typically attracts over 80 boats to the start line and it has a real spirit of adventure, demanding both strength and endurance from competitors.

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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.”

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WHAT TO WEAR?
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!

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