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Best harbours on the Solent



Portsmouth Harbour by SarahTZ via Flickr

The Solent is a great sailing destination whether you’re you just starting out or you’re looking for somewhere new to visit. With a range of large ports including Portsmouth and Cowes as well as tiny marinas dotted along the coast there really is a selection of excellent places to moor. Whether you want to take on the trip over to the Isle of Wight or sail the gentle tides of the Hamble, here’s a guide to the best harbours available on the Solent.


Portsmouth features one of the largest natural harbours in the UK and you’ll have the chance to see everything from luxury yachts to tiny vessels sharing the waves.

Perhaps the biggest challenge with visiting Portsmouth Harbour is actually a big part of its appeal – it is one of the busiest in the UK. With strong tidal streams, a narrow entry point and fairly strict regulations, it adds up that Portsmouth is not perhaps the easiest port to visit and attempting it should be left until you have some experience. However, once you are moored here it’s a wonderful place to be.

With world-class facilities, you’ll be able to find just about anything you like here. You can berth in a number of different areas but wherever you go you’ll easily be able to find a great range of pubs, restaurants and entertainment options.


Yarmouth is an easier approach than some of the harbours on the Solent, but remember that this is still an exceptionally busy port for ferries. When the harbour is full to capacity a red flag is flown on the head of the pier and you should steer clear until it is safe to approach. However, most of the time Yarmouth is an easily navigable port in an excellent location.


With no tidal restrictions, the Hamble might be the ideal access point to the Solent. You’ll find an array of little marinas along the banks of this sleepy river so you can choose a convenient place to set off from. Once you are in the water you’ll simply need to sail on the river until you reach the Solent were you’ll have full access to the ports of the south coast.

Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot for leisurely sailing or are just looking for something different from the large harbours, this is a great place to come. You can stop off at Port Hamble, based in the charming village of Hamble le Rice where you’ll find restaurants, bars and a surprising variety of pubs.


Undoubtedly one of the most famous sailing spots on the Solent, Cowes sits on the northern coast of the Isle of Wight right at the mouth of the Medina River. Iconic in the yacht racing community, Cowes can be visited any time of year but is best avoided early in August because the Cowes Week attracts more than a thousand boats and sees up to 40 races occurring every day!

The rest of the year this is a great spot to visit with all the facilities you would expect from a high quality port. Fuel and gas can be easily obtained, and once you are moored you can get out and experience the best that the harbour and town has to offer.


If you’re looking for an attractive town and a pretty harbour that isn’t as busy as some of the major ports, Lymington is a lovely place to dock. Found a little way to the west of Portsmouth Harbour, the only drawback is the number of ferries found here. The well-used route between Lymington and Yarmouth is definitely worth sailing for the opportunity to visit two great stops in one trip.

Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working together with Portsmouth-based luxury yacht charter company Pure Latitude, who were consulted over the information contained in this post.



Ways Green Preppers Are Trying to Protect their Privacy



Environmental activists are not given the admiration that they deserve. A recent poll by Gallup found that a whopping 32% of Americans still doubt the existence of global warming. The government’s attitude is even worse.

Many global warming activists and green preppers have raised the alarm bell on climate change over the past few years. Government officials have taken notice and begun tracking their activity online. Even former National Guard officers have admitted that green preppers and climate activists are being targeted for terrorist watchlists.

Of course, the extent of their surveillance depends on the context of activism. People that make benign claims about climate change are unlikely to end up on a watchlist, although it is possible if they make allusions to their disdain of the government. However, even the most pacifistic and well intentioned environmental activists may unwittingly trigger some algorithm and be on the wrong side of a criminal investigation.

How could something like this happen? Here are some possibilities:

  • They could share a post on social media from a climate extremist group or another individual on the climate watchlist.
  • They could overly politicize their social media content, such as being highly critical of the president.
  • They could use figures of speech that may be misinterpreted as threats.
  • They might praise the goals of a climate change extremist organization that as previously resorted to violence, even if they don’t condone the actual means.

Preppers and environmental activists must do everything in their power to protect their privacy. Failing to do so could cost them their reputation, future career opportunities or even their freedom. Here are some ways that they are contacting themselves.

Living Off the Grid and Only Venturing to Civilization for Online Use

The more digital footprints you leave behind, the greater attention you draw. People that hold controversial views on environmentalism or doomsday prepping must minimize their digital paper trail.

Living off the grid is probably the best way to protect your privacy. You can make occasional trips to town to use the Wi-Fi and stock up on supplies.

Know the Surveillance Policies of Public Wi-Fi Providers

Using Wi-Fi away from your home can be a good way to protect your privacy.However, choosing the right public Wi-Fi providers is going to be very important.

Keep in mind that some corporate coffee shops such a Starbucks can store tapes for up to 60 days. Mom and pop businesses don’t have the technology nor the interest to store them that long. They generally store tips for only 24 hours and delete them afterwards. This gives you a good window of opportunity to post your thoughts on climate change without being detected.

Always use a VPN with a No Logging Policy

Using a VPN is one of the best ways to protect your online privacy. However, some of these providers do a much better job than others. What is a VPN and what should you look for when choosing one? Here are some things to look for when making a selection:

  • Make sure they are based in a country that has strict laws on protecting user privacy. VPNs that are based out of Switzerland, Panama for the British Virgin Islands are always good bets.
  • Look for VPN that has a strict no logging policy. Some VPNs will actually track the websites that you visit, which almost entirely defeats the purpose. Most obviously much better than this, but many also track Your connections and logging data. You want to use a VPN that doesn’t keep any logs at all.
  • Try to choose a VPN that has an Internet kill switch. This means that all content will stop serving if your VPN connection drops, which prevents your personal data from leaking out of the VPN tunnel.

You will be much safer if you use a high-quality VPN consistently, especially if you have controversial views on climate related issues or doomsday prepping.

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How Going Green Can Save Your Business Thousands



Running a company isn’t easy. From reporting wages in an efficient way to meeting deadlines and targets, there’s always something to think about – with green business ideas giving entrepreneurs something extra to ponder. While environmental issues may not be at the forefront of your mind right now, it could save your business thousands, so let’s delve deeper into this issue.

Small waste adds up over time

A computer left on overnight might not seem like the end of the world, right? Sure, it’s a rather minor issue compared to losing a client or being refused a loan – but small waste adds up over time. Conserving energy is an effective money saver, so to hold onto that hard-earned cash, try to:

  • Turn all electrical gadgets off at the socket rather than leaving them on standby as the latter can crank up your energy bill without you even realizing.
  • Switch all lights off when you exit a room and try switching to halogen incandescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps or light emitting diodes as these can use up to 80 per cent less energy than traditional incandescent and are therefore more efficient.
  • Replace outdated appliances with their greener counterparts. Energy Star appliances have labels which help you to understand their energy requirements over time.
  • Draught-proof your premises as sealing up leaks could slash your energy bills by 30 per cent.

Going electronic has significant benefits

If you don’t want to be buried under a mountain of paperwork, why not opt for digital documents instead of printing everything out? Not only will this save a lot of money on paper and ink but it will also conserve energy and help protect the planet. You may even be entitled to one of the many tax breaks and grants issued to organizations committed to achieving their environmental goals. This is particularly good news for start-ups with limited funds as the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is keen to support companies opening up their company in a green manner.

Of course, if you’re used to handing out brochures and leaflets at every company meeting or printing out newsletters whenever you get the chance, going electronic may be a challenge – but here are some things you can try:

  • Using PowerPoint presentations not printouts
  • Communicating via instant messenger apps or email
  • Using financial software to manage your books
  • Downloading accounting software to keep track of figures
  • Arranging digital feedback and review forms
  • Making the most of Google Docs

Going green can help you to make money too

Going green and environmental stability is big news at the moment with many companies doing their bit for the environment. While implementing eco-friendly strategies will certainly save you money, reducing your carbon footprint could also make you a few bucks too. How? Well, consumers care about what brands are doing more than ever before, with many deliberately siding with those who are implementing green policies. Essentially, doing your bit for the environment is a PR dream as it allows you to talk about what everyone wants to hear.

Going green can certainly save your money but it should also improve your reputation too and give you a platform to promote your business.

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