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How to Toss a Stag Do Your Mates Will Not Forget Jul 25

In recent years, stag dos have evolved from a simple night down the pub with friends to an extravagant weekend-long hedonistic adventure. If you want to make sure your stag do stands out from the rest, the following tips should keep you on the right track.

Setting up a modern-day stag do is no easy feat. The days when a drunken evening down the pub the night before the wedding would suffice have long gone and multi-activity weekends, often hosted outside the UK, are fast becoming the norm.

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If you want to be sure that your stag do attains legendary status among all those who attend, you’ll need to prepare everything long in advance of the actual event. This will give all the guests plenty of time to save up and arrange a few days off work. It should also help keep the costs down by allowing the group to take advantage of discounts for booking early.

The first step is to work out where and when to go and what to do while you are there. To allow for the unexpected – and for the groom to make a full recovery – the stag weekend should never take place less than two weeks before the wedding day.

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Alpari World Match Racing Tour Cancels Portugal Event Jul 09

Organisers of the Portimão Portugal Match Cup, have announced that Portugal has been removed as a venue for the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour calendar. Struggling under increasing financial pressure, it is likely that lack of sponsorship from governmental authorities and commercial partners is to blame for the late withdrawal of the host venue. Unlike other sailing events, the Alpari World Match Racing Tour events require a great deal of money to organise and maintain, especially when racing boats must be provided for competing teams. Portugal is not the only European country struggling, which begs the question whether further host venues will find themselves in similar financial difficulty along the line.

Alpari World Match Racing Tour representatives stated:
“The decision to cancel the 2012 Portimão Portugal Match Cup follows lengthy discussions between the Tour and Sun Sailing Team where both parties sought a solution to retain the event. Unfortunately, the funding for the event has been severely impacted by the current economic situation in Portugal and some of the key funding partners are unable to commit their support to the regatta this year. The Tour looks forward to hopefully welcoming the Portimão Portugal Match Cup back into the series in 2013.”

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Despite the tour’s loss of another European host venue, tour organisers and participants are welcoming the involvement of the USA for the first time in 2012. New venues in Europe and beyond are anticipated to be announced for the 2013 tour.

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Drivable Beaches Along the East Coast Jul 09

Edgartown Lighthouse, Martha's Vineyard, July 2006

No matter how much of the East Coast you’ve boated or driven, it seems like new beaches appear out of nowhere along the thousands of miles of quiet inlets, barrier islands, and sweeping harbors every time you retrace your steps. Indeed, the East Coast is home to hundreds of high-quality beaches whose names might ring a bell. Since most are within easy driving distance of a major city, these gems give new meaning to the phrase “hidden in plain sight.”

1. Moshup Beach, Martha’s Vineyard

Escape the crowded restaurants and snobby subdivisions of the Vineyards’ northern and eastern shores and head up-island to the Gay Head area. It’s an easy drive or a vigorous bike ride to Moshup Beach, situated beneath Gay Head’s towering heights. Much of this part of the island remains wooded, and the area’s residents will be more than happy to share their little slice of nature with you.

2. Kiawah Island, Charleston

It’s no coincidence that many of the East Coast’s best beaches are island-bound. After all, it’s hard to happen on an island by accident. Kiawah offers a little bit of everything: a serious swath of sand, several square miles of preserved lowland forest and swamp, and easy access to the inimitable Charleston, South Carolina. You’d have to head up the coast to a little place called Manhattan to find an island with easier access to world-class cultural opportunities.

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