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    To some, there’s no greater quality of life then sailing on the ocean blue. For others, it’s a sport. It may come to a surprise to many that sailboats are used as a racing vehicle. In fact there is a whole niche for sailboat racing.

    Quality comes in many sizes, meet the Firefly the strongest two person racing fleet in the UK. The Firefly has been awarded World Team Racing Championship for 6 years in a row. Which is pretty amazing when you check out the competition. Dinghies measured at 12’ long which is much shorter then many of its competitors. Firefly is known as the fastest two person dinghies in the world! With a second-hand cost of under £1000, it’s no wonder why people have a love for Firefly sailboats!

    New meets old. Many people are under the impression that newer is better. That is not simply the case with quality items. Take Washing Line UK. A tradition, that dates back to 1926. This “old” tradition has been followed by generations, and will continue to be used by future generations as well. An interesting fact about clotheslines is many people do not know how to use them. Whether you want to save money or the environment you should learn how to use a clothesline properly, there is actually a proper method. A

    Clothesline keeps the color and quality of your clothes from wearing out longer than using a dryer. Like everything else practice makes perfect. Hanging your clothes incorrectly can lead a stiff result. Here are some benefits and tips of using washing lines:

    •   Fabric items will smell fresh
        Natural sunlight can kill bacteria
        Energy efficient
        Try hanging clothes on a windy day.
        Run an extra spin cycle to remove all excess water
        Rotate clothes consistently


    Old fashioned clotheslines can be compared to our friend the Dinghies because no matter how old the concept a quality product will outlast its competitor each time. Need proof? Take our 1954 ‘Pogie’ which won the 2001Championships, beating boats creating nearly 40 years later!
    Sailing has been an Olympic event since the 1900’s. Dinghies race around a windward- leeward race course. The start and finish “line” are set up perpendicular to the wind, at the end of five minutes, competitors cross the line and begin to race to the next mark. The next mark is the windward mark. The windward mark is placed directly upwind from the start/finish line. The first race took place on April 12, 1887, in Kingstown Harbor. Take a look here and see if any take your fancy –

    •   Knowing the racing rules of sailing
      Proper boat handling specifically when rounding marks
        Knowledge of different control strategies.
        Positioning your boat at different angles, for example, the direction of the wind.
      There are serious challenges to becoming a professional sailboat racer. Weather and sea conditions make dinghies sailing not for everyone although sailing can be both fascinating and rewarding. 1The RYA, regulating authority for sail training in the UK and Europe, state “With a reliance on nature and the elements, sailing is about adventure, exploration, teamwork, and fun.
      Want to meet other sailboat enthusiast? There are numerous clubs and associations all over the UK. Visit the Firefly website to learn more. It’s also a good place to buy and sell boats. Become a member to receive tons of awesome perks!

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