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New Maiden Film

New Maiden Film
A highly recommended film to watch, although if you are a male yachting journalist of a certain era then you may prefer to stay at home! If you are in London, we saw it at the Curzon in Brunswick Square which was very civilised and the nearby Lamb pub in Lambs Conduit Street serves up a good pint. Here’s what the press release says: MAIDEN is the inspirational story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the...
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New Hat from Tilley

New Hat from Tilley
This seems to be just what you have been asking for - only a little bit better! We frequently get asked for hats like the ones the French Foreign Legion wore which protect the back of the neck from sunburn. Now Tilley have come up with a brilliant solution with a sun shield cape that folds out from a pouch hidden in the brim. So it is there when you need it...
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Get kitted up ready for the new season

Get kitted up ready for the new season
Gill have tweaked their popular OS2 Offshore Jackets with a new colour and some extra visibility features. The new high vis yellow strip around the hood plus high vis features on the zip pullers and the hanging loop at the back will all prove handy in the dark. The fabric remains the same. Gill have 40 years of experience developing fabrics. They don’t use proprietary brands but continue to perfect their own material. The OS2 jacket is a triple layer fabric which will withstand a 30,000 mm...
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The Most Useful Christmas Gift EVER!

The Most Useful Christmas Gift EVER!
Arthur Beale Lifeventure Thermal Mug This maybe the best environmental and financial investment you’ll ever make! Give up plastic cups and buy one of these splendid thermal mugs. If you are in the habit of buying a couple of takeaway coffees each day you will probably be spending over £1,000 a year. Why not fill this thermal mug up at home. You will save one plastic cup and a couple of pounds. The coffee will stay warm well into the afternoon so you might find you don't need a top up but if you...
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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - Film Show Thursday 6th December 18:45 to 20:45

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - Film Show Thursday 6th December 18:45 to 20:45
We finally made up our dithering minds and decided to maintain the underwater theme set by our award winning* shop window by chosing "20,000 Leagues under the Sea" for our Christmas Film. It has to be said that 20,000 leagues is a very long way down. In fact, not only would my dive watch start leaking, but you would pop out the other side. However, let's not get pedantic, it's a great film and it is the first ever example of Steam Punk. I doubt I can back that up with evidence but I'm sure I...
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Slow Fashion from Arthur Beale!

Slow Fashion from Arthur Beale!
There has been a lot of talk about the fashion industry selling clothes that are so cheap and poorly made that they get worn just once and then thrown away. Their low value makes them of little interest to second-hand shops and the widespread use of plastic fibres means they won’t biodegrade. The designs are short live d, nobody w ants to be seen in last months designs. At Arthur Beale we believe in clothing that will last for years. It will never go out of fashion. All our Arthur Beale branded...
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National Historic Ships Photography Competition

National Historic Ships Photography Competition
Arthur Beale are proud to be sponsoring the prize for the "Skills in Action" section of the competition. Judging the shortlisted entries will take place next week and the Awards Ceremony takes place at Trinity House on Tuesday 13th November. There are some fantastic photographs so the judges will have a hard time! Here is one of the Skills in Action entries "Caulking" by Peter Pangbourne
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St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival 7th to 9th September

St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival  7th to 9th September
If you are in London this weekend then why not visit the St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival? What could be better than strolling around the dock feasting your eyes on the beautiful brightwork and gleaming bronze shining from a host of beautiful traditional craft. You'll be able to go onboard some of them and even have a go at kayaking courtesy of Moo Canoes. There will be jazz from the National Youth Orchestra and various workshops. Arthur Beale will be there with our colourful stand to...
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La Longue Route - Tony Curphey

La Longue Route - Tony Curphey

La Logue Route is a circumnavigation according to the spirit of the great French sailor Bernard Moitessier. It is not a race but it's a pilgrimage, there is no regulation, no constraints, no obligations, no price either ... Just the ultimate reward to have realised a dream. It is a return to the true values, personal human responsibilities of every man and every sailor. The freedom, the serenity of being at sea, alone facing the ocean. Arhur Beale was proud to be able to supply Tony Curphey...

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