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  • Making sailing inclusive

    21st March 2021 is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and aims to encourage communities to adopt a global culture of tolerance, equality, and anti-discrimination. Sailing may once have been seen as an elitist sport, but there are now so many routes available to help anyone interested in sailing to learn the ropes. Earlier this month, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) launched its own Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy to

    Published 12:26 on 19 Mar 2021

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    Cruising Association virtual Spring Promo

    Representing over 6,300 sail and motor cruising members world-wide, the Cruising Association (CA) is Britain's largest organisation . For 2021, their Spring Promo Week will be going online, 22 - 28 March, with virtual activities, webinars and a Prize Draw bundle of boaty goodies to be won. Promo Week visitors are encouraged to book a timed slot for a one-to-one Zoom visit around the CA's highly informative website, or have

    Published 15:22 on 1 Mar 2021

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    OceanR sponsors The Green Blue's university sailing challenge

    Eco-friendly clothing brand, OceanR , will sponsor The Green Blue's University Sailing Sustainability Challenge (USSC). The annual challenge, now in its fifth year, encourages sailing clubs from across the UK to complete a range of sustainable actions throughout the year, and in doing so achieve awards from Bronze through to Gold. Such actions include having a Spill Kit to clean up accidental oil spills, eliminating single-use plastics, and raising awareness of sustainable

    Published 18:03 on 12 Feb 2021

  • In memoriam Bob Fisher

    Bob Fisher, world champion yachtsman, journalist, correspondent and author - referred to by Sir Ben Ainslie as "Mr America's Cup" - has died at the age of 85. Hailing from Brightlingsea on the Essex coast, Mr Fisher began his sailing career racing dinghies, winning seven national and world titles in the national Hornet and Fireball classes. He went on to international fame when he won the Little America's Cup in 1967 with Peter

    Published 11:52 on 27 Jan 2021

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    How to make the most of lockdown

    Whilst the current lockdown prevents us from going out sailing for the time-being, there is much we can do to plan for a return to the water, to make sure we are ship-shape as soon as the starting gun is fired. Online courses Why not use this enforced time at home to refresh nautical skills or acquire new qualifications. The RYA has several online

    Published 17:11 on 14 Jan 2021

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    International Sailor of the Decade

    Winner of the YJA MS Amlin 'International Sailor of the Decade' Award has been announced as Jon Holt, founder of the Scaramouche Sailing Trust . The 'International Sailor of the Decade' award recognises the achievements of those who have had the greatest positive impact on sailing in the past ten years. Jon was among the list of five sailors shortlisted which included Dee Caffari, Sir

    Published 17:20 on 8 Dec 2020

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    Sailing into 2021

    With the promise of a coronavirus vaccine on the horizon now (or, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson described it, "the distant bugle of the scientific cavalry coming over the brow of the hill," ), we can begin to dream of the travel adventures we'll be able to enjoy in 2021. But even if you're not quite ready to contemplate travel abroad yet, it's easy to enjoy a sense of escapism on board a boat,

    Published 22:48 on 30 Nov 2020

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    2020 British Yachting Awards

    Despite the pandemic, 2020 has been a great year for boat launches and sailing achievements. Indeed, the strength of each category's shortlist gives no hint of wider events. Through innovation, commitment and enthusiasm, the marine industry has adapted and continued to thrive. Gear manufacturers have continued to impress with innovations across the board. Boat manufacturers have continued to identify niches and create boats that push the boundaries. Sailors, of course, got on the water

    Published 07:44 on 22 Oct 2020

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    RYA leads call for limited and controlled access to marinas

    Definitive guidance sought from key Government Ministers With the current COVID-19 pandemic forcing the country into lockdown, the RYA has received a considerable number of enquiries from members who are not able to gain access to their boats now that most marinas have closed. We are acutely aware that our members currently have valid concerns about the inability to undertake checks in respect of security and essential maintenance.

    Published 15:30 on 28 Apr 2020

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    Do you know someone who could sail The Long Way Up?

    Sailing charity Turn to Starboard is seeking twenty-four, forces' veterans to take part in the nautical adventure of a lifetime! The Long Way Up challenge offers wounded, injured or traumatised servicemen and women the chance to join one of three 40-foot yachts sailing the length of Britain, from Land's End to John O'Groats and back. A minimum of one week's previous yacht sailing experience

    Published 16:04 on 10 Mar 2020

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