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Southern Ocean commitment strengthened Southern Ocean commitment strengthened Radical changes to Volvo Ocean Race racecourse The Volvo Ocean Race will strengthen its historic connection with the Southern Ocean, and the tradition of racing around the world, while boosting its commercial offering to sponsors and Host Cities, by introducing radical changes to the racecourse. by Volvo Ocean Race Posted on 22 May RS200s at Thornbury RS200s at Thornbury 2ndhandinghies.com SW Ugly Tour event Making its second appearance on the RS200 SW Ugly Tour sponsored by 2ndhanddinghies.com was Thornbury Sailing Club on 20th May. Known for its big tides, friendly welcome and mud banks, the club welcomed a most excellent turnout of 23 boats. by John Teague Posted on 22 May Exciting competition in seven classes Exciting competition in seven classes Delta Lloyd Regatta racing starts tomorrow The 33rd edition of the Delta Lloyd Regatta starts on Tuesday, 23rd May in Medemblik, the Netherlands, and it's looking to be an exciting race this year. by Delta Lloyd Regatta Posted on 22 May Julien Villon crowned 2017 King of the Bay Julien Villon crowned 2017 King of the Bay Foiling Bay concludes in Quiberon The god of wind was in a tricky mood for the last day of racing, but International Moth sailor Julien Villon did not get held up and went on to be crowned as the first King of The Bay 2017. by Lucie Hardy Posted on 22 May Lymington Nordic Folkboats Saturday Series 4 Lymington Nordic Folkboats Saturday Series 4 Sailed in classic West Solent conditions The fourth race of the Royal Lymington Nordic Folkboat Series was raced in classic West Solent conditions - a Force 4 to 5 South Westerly wind with a flooding neap tide, which meant that the sea state was relatively flat. by Chris Baldwick Posted on 22 May Irish Laser Masters Championship Irish Laser Masters Championship Great racing on Belfast Lough Almost 40 Lasers enjoyed great sailing over the weekend in Belfast Lough, hosted by Ballyholme Yacht Club. Despite the forecast of little wind on the Saturday followed by too much on Sunday, the conditions were much more enjoyable. by Mark Mackey Posted on 22 May Trade in and save 30% off new Zhik clothing Trade in and save 30% off new Zhik clothing Need new gear ahead of the Rolex Fastnet Race? Ocean Leisure, London's leading marine store, have teamed up with Zhik to benefit the homeless and enable you to upgrade your foul weather gear all in time for the Rolex Fastnet Race. by Liz Rushall, Zhik Posted on 22 May A Thousand Miles of Emotions A Thousand Miles of Emotions In the Antigua Bermuda Race The Antigua Bermuda Race organised by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in association with Antigua Sailing Week is a new fixture in the offshore sailing calendar. Supported by Bermuda Tourism and Gosling's Rum. by Louay Habib Posted on 22 May Clipper Race Crew Allocation Clipper Race Crew Allocation More than 450 crew from 32 nations flock to Portsmouth The Clipper Race is truly a global event and that was reinforced by the turnout on Crew Allocation Day on Saturday 20th May in Portsmouth, UK. by Kathryn Foulkes Posted on 22 May Spinlock's history of innovation Spinlock's history of innovation We speak to CEO Chris Hill From a background of distribution through a company called Offshore Instruments, the Spinlock brand was born through a snap-shackle that literally 'spun and locked'. by Mark Jardine Posted on 22 May Dutch Youth Regatta about to start Dutch Youth Regatta about to start With record number of entries The 16th edition of the Dutch Youth Regatta (DYR) will kick off in just a few days. There are currently 773 entries in 9 classes. by Fettje Osinga Posted on 22 May Samui delivers the goods Samui delivers the goods On day 1 of the 2017 Samui Regatta Samui laid out the red carpet for sailors at the 2017 Samui Regatta today who, after a lively opening party last night at Zico's Brazilian Grill & Bar, were welcomed with a fresh 12 knots and sunny skies on Day 1 off Chaweng Beach. by Duncan Worthington Posted on 22 May The Offshore Academy renews partnership The Offshore Academy renews partnership With leading sailing clothing brand Musto The Offshore Academy, Britain's only centre of excellence for solo and single handed yacht racing today announced the continuation of their long term partnership with the world's leading, sailing clothing brand – Musto and new partner Red Funnel Ferries. by The Offshore Academy Posted on 22 May Salcombe YC Sailing Club Series Race 5 Salcombe YC Sailing Club Series Race 5 Fresh and gusty south westerly under sunny skies A fresh and gusty south westerly, sunny skies and a full tide saw plenty take part in Race 5 of the Salcombe Yacht Club Sailing Club Series. Over 30 boats competed across the 5 classes with more than half of these in the ever-popular Solo class. by Simon Dobson Posted on 22 May INTEGRA – Buoyancy Harness by Blood Red INTEGRA – Buoyancy Harness by Blood Red Campaign for the first two-in-one buoyancy harness launched Blood Red understands the frustration of having a separate vest and a harness that can obstruct your movements as you sail. With this problem, the company has created a revolutionary solution by combining the buoyancy vest and sailing harness. by David Harris Posted on 22 May Melges 24s at Lake Garda overall Melges 24s at Lake Garda overall Maidollis and Taki 4 crowned in Riva The second event of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series finished with a strong Ora wind around of 18 knots that led Gian Luca Perego's Maidollis ITA854 (1-5-DNS today) to the top of the podium. by International Melges 24 Class Association Posted on 22 May KiteFoil GoldCup in Korea overall KiteFoil GoldCup in Korea overall Nocher clinches series opener Reigning KiteFoil GoldCup champion Maxime Nocher sealed victory in the year's first event with a perfect final day, racking up four bullets from four races in light breezes that threatened to die at any moment. by IKA Posted on 22 May Bembridge Redwing & One-Design Racing Bembridge Redwing & One-Design Racing Difficult tides reduce the entry Quite difficult tides over the weekend so not large numbers of Redwings or One-Designs on the start line, however those that did make it had some good racing. by Mike Samuelson Posted on 22 May Gill Noelex Australian Championship overall Gill Noelex Australian Championship overall No wind on the final day On a typical calm Autumn Day in Geelong, low cloud kept the wind at bay until after the racing was called off, when Race Officer Steve Neunhoffer raised the AP/A at 1pm to end the two-day regatta. by Mike Williams Posted on 22 May Snipes at Broadstairs Snipes at Broadstairs Light winds on the Kent coastline Broadstairs welcomed the Snipe Class for their first open of 2017 and despite the forecast of heavy rain and no wind, upon arrival, the microclimate of the east Kent coastline greeted the fleet with brilliant sunshine but sadly still a lack of wind. by Iain Marshall Posted on 22 May J/24 US Nationals at Seattle overall J/24 US Nationals at Seattle overall Keith Whittemore claims the title Of the nine races completed at the J/24 US National Championship, Keith Whittemore's Tundra Rose won five of them. by Christopher Howell Posted on 22 May Whoa! We're going to Barbados... Whoa! We're going to Barbados... Where everything is gonna be OK We're just days away from the start of the 2017 OK Dinghy World Championship in Barbados, and 80 sailors from eight countries are travelling to this sunny Caribbean isle, though perhaps not with Coconut Airways. by Robert Deaves, OKDIA Posted on 21 May LTSC RC Yachting May Championship LTSC RC Yachting May Championship 11 entrants race in a cool breeze The May championships on the 16th saw 11 entrants gather on a cool but otherwise pleasant evening with a small but workable breeze. by Liam Willis Posted on 21 May The final curtain The final curtain In the Normandy Channel Race 2017 The curtain fell today on the 8th edition of the Normandy Channel Race following the traditional prize-giving. "PS2", the amazing England-Spain pairing of Phil Sharp - Pablo Santurde has undoubtedly made an impression after securing a masterful victory. by Denis van den Brink Posted on 21 May To the wire at the Vice Admiral's Cup To the wire at the Vice Admiral's Cup Tight racing concludes in the central Solent The Vice Admiral's Cup concluded today in lighter 10-13 knot winds, but this time blowing from the east. The leaderboard was so tight across the seven classes of one designs and level rating boats that in many, discards decided the outcome. by James Boyd Posted on 21 May Fast40+ at the Vice Admiral's Cup overall Fast40+ at the Vice Admiral's Cup overall Invictus celebrates in Cowes Sir Keith Mills' British Ker 40+ Invictus, helmed by Alex Mills has won the opening scoring round of the 2017 FAST40+ Race Circuit, winning the FAST40+ Class at the Royal Ocean Racing Club Vice Admiral's Cup. by Fast 40+ Race Circuit Posted on 21 May Fireball ISA-sponsored coaching session Fireball ISA-sponsored coaching session Ger Owens' Loopies replace Adam Bower's Woompatah When Ger Owens' Loopies replace Adam Bower's Woompatah you know it must be Fireball Training Weekend... by Neil Cramer Posted on 21 May Up to 30% off Buoyancy Aids & Life Jackets Up to 30% off Buoyancy Aids & Life Jackets A variety of shapes, sizes and brand at TridentUK Buoyancy Aids and Life Jackets for Men, Women, Children & Pets! A variety of Shapes, Sizes & Brands to suit everyone at TridentUK. by TridentUK Posted on 21 May Scottish Hansa Class TT at Galloway Scottish Hansa Class TT at Galloway A beautiful sunny, warm, breezy day A beautiful sunny, warm, breezy day greeted competitors as they arrived and continued all day. After a clear, friendly briefing from Race Officer, Mr Richard Hermon, which put new sailors jitters at ease, the racing got underway. by Moira Campbell Posted on 21 May New members and a bit more BANTER New members and a bit more BANTER Ripon Sailing Club Push the Boat Out Ripon SC joined many other UK sailing clubs in holding a Push the Boat Out event this month. With a large team of volunteers working under the leadership of Sailing Secretary Peter Robinson, the club was ready to receive its first visitors at 9.30am. by Jennie Clark Posted on 21 May Exploring Cornwall's Historic Coastline Exploring Cornwall's Historic Coastline John visits the legendary Isle of Ictus This episode reveals the county's early mining, which built many of Cornwall's harbours and trading links. John visits the legendary Isle of Ictus (now known as St. Michael's Mount) Porthleven and the harbour of Charlestown on his Princess 39 'Cecienne'. by MS Amlin Posted on 21 May Royal Hong Kong YC Spring Regatta overall Royal Hong Kong YC Spring Regatta overall Wet weather gear needed on the final day Competitors donned wet weather gear for the second day of the Spring Regatta with drizzle and an easterly breeze of 8 to 10kts throughout the harbour. by RHKYC Media Posted on 21 May Rolex TP52 Worlds at Scarlino overall Rolex TP52 Worlds at Scarlino overall Super steady Platoon win the title Harm Müller-Spreer's Platoon crew got the better of the five-time title holders Quantum Racing during an exciting winner takes all final day showdown to win the Rolex TP52 World Championship title for the first time. by 52 Super Series Posted on 21 May J/24 US Nationals at Seattle day 2 J/24 US Nationals at Seattle day 2 Keith Whittemore grips slim advantage Keith Whittemore's Tundra Rose may not have started day two of the J/24 US National Championship on a high note, but he sure ended on one...or two. by Christopher Howell Posted on 21 May Perfect scorelines on breezy day 2 Perfect scorelines on breezy day 2 At the Vice Admiral's Cup Conditions turned autumnal for day two of the Vice Admirals' Cup. With seven fleets competing at the RORC's annual regatta for invited one design and level rating classes, today crews found themselves wrestling their boats around the courses. by James Boyd Posted on 21 May KiteFoil GoldCup in Korea day 4 KiteFoil GoldCup in Korea day 4 Riders maintain race focus despite testing conditions In the hothouse atmosphere of the KiteFoil GoldCup series' opening exchanges the teasing wind—or absence of it—only underscored how those at the pinnacle are masters at maintaining their poise. by IKA Posted on 21 May
Trade in and save 30% off new Zhik clothingOcean Leisure, London's leading marine store, have teamed up with Zhik to benefit the homeless and enable you to upgrade your foul weather gear all in time for the Rolex Fastnet Race.Spinlock's history of innovationFrom a background of distribution through a company called Offshore Instruments, the Spinlock brand was born through a snap-shackle that literally 'spun and locked'.Clipper Race Crew AllocationThe Clipper Race is truly a global event and that was reinforced by the turnout on Crew Allocation Day on Saturday 20th May in Portsmouth, UK.Topper Daggerboard Build Specification ChangeDue to the change in the manufacturers build specification, you can fill in the notches on your daggerboard, improving the flow of water across your foil. Here Dave Cockerill demonstrates how to do this.INTEGRA – Buoyancy Harness by Blood RedBlood Red understands the frustration of having a separate vest and a harness that can obstruct your movements as you sail. With this problem, the company has created a revolutionary solution by combining the buoyancy vest and sailing harness.The best laid plans...Tom Gillard finished 2016 in style, winning the Fireball Worlds with Richard Anderton, but this year started with a serious blow to Tom's campaign after learning that Richard needed an operation on his knee that would put him out of action for a year...Up to 30% off Buoyancy Aids & Life JacketsBuoyancy Aids and Life Jackets for Men, Women, Children & Pets! A variety of Shapes, Sizes & Brands to suit everyone at TridentUK.Rain & Sun's undercover materialWe recently spoke to Philip Bull of Rain & Sun who make dinghy and small keelboat covers in trailing, flat, overboom and undercover configurations. Most recently they have brought out a new range of undercovers using a material called Duralite.Exploring Cornwall's Historic CoastlineThis episode reveals the county's early mining, which built many of Cornwall's harbours and trading links. John visits the legendary Isle of Ictus (now known as St. Michael's Mount) Porthleven and the harbour of Charlestown on his Princess 39 'Cecienne'.Have you reached the end of your rope?Paul Dyer, technical manager at Marlow Ropes, takes a look at how to inspect your ropes, and the key ‘wear and tear' signs to look out for.Find inspiration for your next big adventureWhether you're a newbie or an old hand, try an exhilarating adventure with the world's leading yacht charter company. Wake up to a new view every morning, discover pure relaxation, or explore the world's most remote shores.A look at the VX EvoFollowing on from the high performance VX One sportsboat, which has growing fleets around the world, Brian Bennett has designed the VX Evo, a singlehanded asymmetric dinghy. We spoke to Brian to find out more about the boat.