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Sun Sail
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.


‘It’s the law’
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 12:04
By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue


Every time The Green Blue is asked what it does, we always reply with something along the lines of ‘sustainable boating’ and ‘self-regulation’. Fortunately most of the time the common sense argument of wanting to keep our sailing waters clean and healthy stands up to scrutiny but when an occasional dissenting voice speaks out, we sometimes have to resort to answering ‘because it’s the law!’

A key piece of environmental legislation which has taken prominence of late is the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Amended.

Great white shark diverts away from UK waters
Thursday, 03 April 2014 08:50
By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue

Great white shark diverts away from UK waters

Marine wildlife in the spotlight
The great white shark Lydia – all 14ft and 2,000lbs of her - is now reported to be heading away from the UK and veering northwest according to Ocearch, an international research organisation operating from on board vessel MV Ocearch, complete with at-sea laboratory and a 75,000lb capacity hydraulic platform.

The satellite-tagged fish crossed the mid-Atlantic ridge in March, starting her journey in Florida a year ago, and has travelled over 30,500km since but is now unlikely to reach UK shores - no doubt prompting mixed feelings but overall some relief for water users and boaters here!

Wildlife spotting
The great news is that there is still plenty of amazing marine wildlife in UK waters – from the largest fish in British waters, the basking shark, to the Mola Mola, or Sun Fish, the heaviest bony fish in the world. Both of these and many more are shown in The Green Blue’s very first e-book, The Green Marine Wildlife Guide.

Sailing holidays go green
Friday, 31 January 2014 08:52
By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue

Green Blue

It was no surprise to see ‘faux environmental concern’ (sometimes known as ‘green washing’) listed as one of the top 20 pet hates in a recent Telegraph Travel article. In particular, we have a dislike of hotels posting notes in the bathroom saying ‘washing towels wastes water and is bad for the planet’. If we could see as much concern elsewhere in the hotel then maybe it stacks up, but underneath most of us suspect that it is more about the hotel trying to reduce laundry costs.

While research indicates that most consumers are happy to pay a little extra for a holiday that respects the local environment, they may be less cheery to have green orders from every angle. But the other tendency is for people to leave common sense at home, forgetting that the benefits of good habits such as recycling or turning off lights and taps are just the same, wherever you may be.

Green Gifts
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue

Green Blue

If you’re still searching for some inspiration for this year’s Christmas presents, there’s no better time to take a look at some nifty gadgets that will go on being useful – at home or on board - even when the novelty factor has worn off and Christmas Day is a distant memory.

There is a huge array of eco-gadgets and green gifts on the market these days, and a range of dubious claims about saving money or being environmentally friendly, but get past the hype and there are some really useful gizmos and stylish kit worth checking out.

Solar booster
A solar powered phone charger is small enough to fit in your pocket, and can get you out of trouble when you have been playing Angry Birds for hours only to find that you haven’t any battery left to make an important call. Using the power of the sun and an inbuilt battery this small device can give your phone that extra boost when needed. Available from PowerBee for around £8.

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