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1420 metres of rope per yacht 1420 metres of rope per yacht Marlow Rope celebrates 16 year association with the Clipper Race To celebrate its 16 year long relationship with Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, Marlow Ropes has created a short film on the lengths it goes to to produce the market-leading high performance Clipper Race ropes. by Lauren Roberts Posted today at 4:00 pm Young prepared for tight battle Young prepared for tight battle At Laser Radial Worlds in Medemblik Alison Young is putting notions of a world title repeat to the back of her mind as she prepares for the Laser Radial World Championship which kicks off in Medemblik, the Netherlands, on Monday. by Anisha Walkerley, RYA Posted today at 3:33 pm Merlin Rocket Championship overall Merlin Rocket Championship overall Nick Craig & Alan Roberts confirmed as winners Dinghytec Friday or the Aspire Merlin Rocket national championships had been the subject of much debate for a number of days. by Chris Martin Posted today at 3:16 pm 125th Burnham Week just around the corner 125th Burnham Week just around the corner Time to get your entry in! All the organising has now been completed and the 125th Burnham Week is just around the corner. Whether you sail a state of the art racing machine, a classic cruiser or a modern dinghy, there is a place for you at Burnham Week. by Mel Lewis Posted today at 3:07 pm Lymington XOD Wednesday Series race 16 Lymington XOD Wednesday Series race 16 Glorious conditions in the Western Solent Glorious conditions with south westerly breeze over ebb tide greeted the 13 contenders for Wednesday's race. The committee set a course to Hurst followed by Lymington Bank and Tanners, with the starting line forming a gate for a second round. by John Olliff-Cooper Posted today at 2:23 pm Fatigue and its effect on rope performance Fatigue and its effect on rope performance Explanation by Paul Dyer, technical manager at Marlow Ropes Paul Dyer, technical manager at Marlow Ropes, examines the effect of fatigue on the performance of rope and rigging. Ropes, like people, suffer from fatigue. Unlike people a good night's sleep does not reinvigorate them. by Marlow Ropes Posted today at 12:00 pm See the Clipper Race fleet in Liverpool See the Clipper Race fleet in Liverpool At the historic Albert Dock ahead of Sunday's race start The Clipper Race fleet looked majestic arriving at Liverpool's historic Albert Dock ahead of Race Start on Sunday 20 August. by Clipper Race Posted today at 10:42 am Hornet Nationals at Colwyn Bay Hornet Nationals at Colwyn Bay Prophetic labelling on the racing marks When the fleet arrived at Porth Eirias, the Watersports Centre on the Promenade at Colwyn Bay, they were greeted by large orange marks labelled USWIM (an open water swimming group who had loaned the event the marks). by David Henshall Posted today at 10:05 am GJW Direct Firefly Nationals day 6 GJW Direct Firefly Nationals day 6 A stern test on Big Thursday Thursday at the GJW Direct Firefly National Championships hosted by Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club did not disappoint. Two races sailed in a fresh breeze peaking at 25 knots and a building sea provided a stern test for competitors. by Edward Smith Posted today at 9:54 am Harken UK Musto Skiff Nationals day 1 Harken UK Musto Skiff Nationals day 1 Big chop for the fleet at Brightlingsea After negotiating the tricky creek, resulting in a short postponement, the fleet got away with a clean start to see Neil Ashby lead to the top mark with Andy Peake, Dan Trotter and Bruce Keen chasing at his heels. by George Hand and friends Posted today at 9:36 am Rooster Buoyancy Aids to Float your Boat! Rooster Buoyancy Aids to Float your Boat! Super comfortable with unrestricted movement The super comfortable, compact design of the Rooster® Diamond Overhead Buoyancy Aid features a high-cut waist to allow unrestricted movement and where required, easy access to a trapeze hook. by Rooster Sailing Posted today at 9:00 am RS200 Runners and Riders RS200 Runners and Riders Ahead of the Volvo Noble Marine Nationals at Tenby Sun (maybe), sea (waves definitely), sand (lots of it) and over 200 competitors head to Tenby for the Volvo Noble Marine RS200 National Championship. by Emma Hivey, with thanks to Rob Henderson Posted today at 8:30 am 21st Tasar Worlds in Japan 21st Tasar Worlds in Japan Strong wind event for the 97 boat fleet What a week it was for sailors at their recent 21st Tasar World Championship, held in Gamagori, 3 hours south of Tokyo, Japan. by Jenny Sorensen Posted today at 8:23 am Third time for Greg Wilcox Third time for Greg Wilcox At the top of the OK Dinghy World Ranking Greg Wilcox has returned to the top of the OK Dinghy World Ranking list for the third time since the World Ranking was created 12 years ago. He has spent more time at the top spot than any other sailor and has been in the top five for the past 7 years. by Robert Deaves, OK Dinghy International Association Posted today at 8:14 am Melges 20 U.S. Nationals at Newport day 1 Melges 20 U.S. Nationals at Newport day 1 A Pacific Yankee Doodle Dandy opening day Two races were completed on the first day of competition at the 2017 U.S. National Championship, the third event on the Melges 20 World League, North American ranking. by International Melges 20 Class Association Posted today at 8:05 am Airlie Beach Race Week overall Airlie Beach Race Week overall A beautiful day wraps up the event Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sails was a light weather regatta - race officials were even forced to abandon all attempts at racing yesterday - and for a short time it looked likely to happen again today, but just after 11am all that changed. by Di Pearson, ABRW media Posted today at 7:58 am RC Lasers at Burwain Lake RC Lasers at Burwain Lake One of the nicest locations in the country With fluffy white clouds, blue skies and average temperatures, what more is there to want for a descent day sailing at probably the nicest location in the country? Gentle winds to light conditions meant A rigs were the order for the day. by Tony Wilson Posted today at 6:34 am Laser Radial Youth Worlds at Medemblik day 5 Laser Radial Youth Worlds at Medemblik day 5 Final Series underway Thursday brought the first round of the Final Series at the Laser Radial Youth World Championships. The fleets were divided into Gold and Silver fleets, with additional Bronze and Emerald fleets for the boys. by Katie Olsen Posted today at 1:13 am Landsail Tyres J-Cup day 1 Landsail Tyres J-Cup day 1 Seconds count Thrilling close racing is in the DNA of J Boats. With no less than four National Championships, the competition was incredibly close, for the first day of the 2017 Landsail Tyres J-Cup. by Louay Habib Posted today at 1:06 am Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale day 4 Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale day 4 Swuzzlebubble wins with a day to spare With an enviable scoresheet of mostly first and second places for the series, Phil Plumtree's Swuzzlebubble won the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale, Ireland with just Friday's eleventh race remaining. by Bert Janssen Posted today at 12:49 am Merlin Rocket Championship day 5 Merlin Rocket Championship day 5 Something of a revolution! Winder Thursday a.k.a. Ranelagh Thursday a.k.a Champagne Day of the Aspire Merlin Rocket Nationals saw something of a revolution in race format with three races scheduled in an attempt to get the full nine races in for the series. by Chris Martin Posted today at 12:20 am Step two for Kialoa II Step two for Kialoa II Heading to Sydney after the Rolex Fastnet Race Kialoa II has completed the Rolex Fastnet Race and will soon hoist sails and head to Sydney, Australia, and the second major goal for the owners Patrick and Keith Broughton, the Rolex Sydney Hobart starting from Sydney Harbour on December 26, 2017. by Lisa Ratcliff & Marina Johnson Posted on 17 Aug Shustoke Sailing Club Autumn Opens Shustoke Sailing Club Autumn Opens A good line up of open events for you With September now only a couple of weeks away, it's time to look ahead at the autumn sailing calendar, and Shustoke Sailing Club has got a good line up of open events for you! by Zara Turtle Posted on 17 Aug Contender British Championship Runners and Riders Contender British Championship Runners and Riders Fleet set for picturesque South Caernarvonshire YC The Contender fleet will assemble for the annual British Championships 2017 which is being held at the picturesque South Caernarvonshire YC, Wales from the 1st to 4th September. by British Contender Association Posted on 17 Aug RYA names its 420 crews RYA names its 420 crews For the 2017 Youth Worlds The RYA has bolstered its entry for this year's Youth Sailing World Championships with the selection of two additional crews to represent the British Youth Sailing Team in Sanya, China, later this year. by Anisha Walkerley Posted on 17 Aug 2017 Hamble Winter Series preview 2017 Hamble Winter Series preview Opening with inaugural Spinlock IRC Autumn Championship The first weekend of the Hamble Winter Series, the UK's premier Winter Sailing event, will see the hosting of the first ever Spinlock IRC Autumn Championships to be run in the Solent. by Trevor Pountain Posted on 17 Aug RS Aero Over Deck Rigging RS Aero Over Deck Rigging Helping stop the control lines getting tangled downwind During the recent RS Aero World Championships it became apparent that if I wanted to release the controls downwind efficiently that I would need to change the control lines to over deck take up style. The old style tended to get a little tangled downwind. by Steve Cockerill, Rooster Sailing Posted on 17 Aug RS200 Vote result RS200 Vote result Social Programme wins with 90%! A week ago the RS200 Class Association members where asked to choose whether the Social Programme and Sailing Instructions should be published at the weekend... the vote went 9:1 in favour of the social programme! by Sally Campbell Posted on 17 Aug Gill sponsor the J/70 Worlds in Port Cervo Gill sponsor the J/70 Worlds in Port Cervo As the Official Technical Clothing Partner Gill, the leading global sailing clothing brand is proud to be the official technical clothing sponsor to the J/70 Worlds, held in Porto Cervo. by Siobhan Hardy Posted on 17 Aug 420 Scottish Championship at Helensburgh overall 420 Scottish Championship at Helensburgh overall Rain squalls squalls, but no big blow as forecast The second day of racing for the Sailingfast Scottish Open Championships dawned with rain squalls skitting across the Firth of Clyde but no sign of the big blow that had been promised. by Peter Collyer Posted on 17 Aug Developing sails for the F101 foiling tri Developing sails for the F101 foiling tri We speak to Hyde Sails' Richard Lovering We spoke to Richard Lovering about Hyde Sails' role in the development of the F101 foiling trimaran. Richard went in to it with almost a clean sheet as it wasn't just a new boat, but also a new concept. by Mark Jardine Posted on 17 Aug 7th Annual Bosham Classic Boat Revival 7th Annual Bosham Classic Boat Revival Entries now open for event on first weekend of September Calling all classic boat owners for the annual Bosham Classic Boat Revival, 2-3 September, in the pretty harbour village in West Sussex. by Nicky Chapple Posted on 17 Aug GJW Direct Firefly Nationals day 5 GJW Direct Firefly Nationals day 5 Sir Ralph Gore Challenge Trophy day Wednesday of Firefly Week is traditionally the day the class sails the long distance race for the Sir Ralph Gore Challenge Trophy. Competed for by the top half of the fleet, the race is sailed over 4 laps of a triangular course totalling 14 miles. by Edward Smith Posted on 17 Aug Contenders at WOSH 2017 Contenders at WOSH 2017 Seven races and 5 race winners at Weston 21 Contenders met at the Weston Open for Single Handers as part of the BSC Travellers Series. Some notable Contender glitterati were missing, choosing to stay at home licking their wounds after the recent Contender Worlds in Denmark. by Mike Murley Posted on 17 Aug Airlie Beach Race Week day 6 Airlie Beach Race Week day 6 Multihull madness Going into the final day's racing at Whitsunday Sailing Club's Airlie Beach Race Week, local sailmaker Paul Mitchell (Ullman Sails), leads the charge for overall honours in the Multihull Racing division, three points ahead of George Owens' Fury Road. by Di Pearson, ABRW media Posted on 17 Aug Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale day 3 Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale day 3 No racing due to high winds As forecast, winds in excess of 30 knots off the Old Head of Kinsale forced the abandonment of the programme for Day 3 of the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club, Ireland. by Bert Janssen Posted on 17 Aug
1420 metres of rope per yachtTo celebrate its 16 year long relationship with Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, Marlow Ropes has created a short film on the lengths it goes to to produce the market-leading high performance Clipper Race ropes.Fatigue and its effect on rope performancePaul Dyer, technical manager at Marlow Ropes, examines the effect of fatigue on the performance of rope and rigging. Ropes, like people, suffer from fatigue. Unlike people a good night's sleep does not reinvigorate them.Rooster Buoyancy Aids to Float your Boat!The super comfortable, compact design of the Rooster® Diamond Overhead Buoyancy Aid features a high-cut waist to allow unrestricted movement and where required, easy access to a trapeze hook.Developing sails for the F101 foiling triWe spoke to Richard Lovering about Hyde Sails' role in the development of the F101 foiling trimaran. Richard went in to it with almost a clean sheet as it wasn't just a new boat, but also a new concept.RS Aero Over Deck RiggingDuring the recent RS Aero World Championships it became apparent that if I wanted to release the controls downwind efficiently that I would need to change the control lines to over deck take up style. The old style tended to get a little tangled downwind.Clean, emission-free sailingWe spoke with Imerys skipper Phil Sharp about his season so far in the Class 40, and also with Paul Strzelecki about his partnership with Henri Lloyd, and also about Phil's ambition to make his yacht 100% emission-free.Gill sponsor the J/70 Worlds in Port CervoGill, the leading global sailing clothing brand is proud to be the official technical clothing sponsor to the J/70 Worlds, held in Porto Cervo.Rolex Fastnet Race Start Photo GalleryThe view from Hurst Castle as the massive Rolex Fastnet Race fleet of 368 yachts and 2,700 sailors, including the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, start the famous race around the Fastnet rock.Team Allen sailors Fletcher and Bithell win goldTeam Allen Sailors set down a marker at last month's European Championships at Kiel-Schilksee Olympic Sailing Centre. In the Skiff classes, European Champions Dylan Fletcher and Stu Bithell took 49er Gold.Interview with Mathias and Russell CouttsLeonardo Omezzolli caught up with Mathias and Russell Coutts during the O'Pen Bic World Championship at Circolo Vela Arco to talk about the class, sailing on Lake Garda and whether Mathias would like to follow in his father's footsteps.Sunsail Flash SailExtend your summer and save 30% on sailing holidays in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and beyond. Book in the next 14 days to enjoy culture-soaked islands, warm trade winds and quiet anchorages this August, September and October.Interview with Steve CockerillWe spoke to Steve Cockerill, who has just returned from winning the Rooster RS Aero 7 World Championship in Carnac. We found out what techniques he's learnt in the boat, how he's made the transition from Lasers, and what he thinks of the class.