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Laser Masters Qualifier at Parkstone Laser Masters Qualifier at ParkstoneA century is a significant number, don't you think?A century is a significant number, don't you think? After all, every budding cricketer dreams of making one; if you reach that age you get a telegram from the queen for goodness sake.by John Keates Posted 25 Apr 19:29 BST Nice UltiMed kicks off in Marseille Nice UltiMed kicks off in MarseilleJoyon, Coville, Le Blévec: Seeing Marseille again and racingThe first edition of the Nice UltiMed is up and running! This Wednesday, in the Vieux Port in Marseille, spectators came out in force to admire the three giants, IDEC SPORT, Sodebo Ultim' and Actual-Grand Large Emotion.by A.S.O. / Nice UltiMed Posted 25 Apr 19:19 BST Nikki Henderson on skippering a Clipper Race boat Nikki Henderson on skippering a Clipper Race boatSailing with style: A conversation the skipper of Visit Seattle ClipperI interviewed Nikki Henderson, skipper of Visit Seattle in the 2017/2018 Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, to learn more about commanding a vessel in this demanding event.by David Schmidt Posted 25 Apr 17:10 BST Zhik's smock for dinghy and keelboat sailing Zhik's smock for dinghy and keelboat sailingHigh-stretch, breathable, waterproof shell that provides great protectionZhik's new Dinghy Smock is made from a high-stretch, breathable, waterproof shell that provides great protection from wind, waves and spray.by Liz Rushall Posted 25 Apr 17:00 BST Crewsaver Warsash Spring Championship weekend 1 Crewsaver Warsash Spring Championship weekend 1Points are tight with no comfortable leadsLast year's Black Group IRC1 Championship Winner Nifty (King 40 – Roger Bowden), is leading the P40 class and IRC1 class overall.by Louise Nicholls Posted 25 Apr 16:26 BST Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8, Day 4 Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8, Day 4Turn the Tide on Plastic and Vestas 11th Hour Racing blitz to head of the fleetThe leading pair were the most easterly boats as the seven-strong fleet approached an oil field exclusion zone 100 miles off Rio's coast, enabling them to continue make headway north for longer while their rivals were forced to tack.by Volvo Ocean Race Posted 25 Apr 16:19 BST RS100s in the RS Sprint Championship at Rutland RS100s in the RS Sprint Championship at RutlandNary a cliché in sight during Rooster National Tour Round 1This year's RS Sprints held at Rutland SC were the proverbial game of two halves; the gods smiled down, giving us sun, snakes and ladders on Saturday and some champagne sailing on Sunday.by Clive Eplett Posted 25 Apr 14:37 BST Meet the Clipper Race crew: Victor & Benoit Ansart Meet the Clipper Race crew: Victor & Benoit AnsartA very experienced French offshore sailor and his sonWhen Benoit, a very experienced offshore sailor originally from France and living Old Greenwich, Connecticut, signed up to complete the circumnavigation, he thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that he would be embarking on alone.by Clipper Round the World Posted 25 Apr 12:00 BST J/24s in the Saltash Spring Series J/24s in the Saltash Spring SeriesThe standard close-quarters racing enjoyedThe 2018 SSC Tamar Packaging Spring Series boasted a different format for the J24 fleet to previous years. With the shift in J ownership from Plymouth Sound towards Saltash, the decision was made to run committee boat starts in the river South of Saltash.by Sam Marshall Posted 25 Apr 11:48 BST RLymYC Monday Evening Dinghy Series race 1 RLymYC Monday Evening Dinghy Series race 1Punchy winds and bracing temperaturesPunchy winds and bracing temperatures provided a challenging start to the RLymYC Monday Evening Dinghy racing early series.by Ann Brunskill Posted 25 Apr 11:41 BST Island SC Tuesday Evening Series race 2 Island SC Tuesday Evening Series race 2A stormy evening on the Isle of WightIt was a stormy evening for the second ISC Tuesday evening race. With winds of over 25 knots and misty conditions the decision was taken to cancel all the dayboats leaving just classes 1, 2 and 3 to race.by Tony Taylor, Race Officer Posted 25 Apr 10:45 BST Musto Skiffs at Stokes Bay Musto Skiffs at Stokes BayA tale of seven Lionel Richie sculptures!The Stokes Bay Open saw a record entry of 48 Musto Skiffs, which is the biggest open meeting for the class to date. With a large local fleet, the entry numbers have been Climbing rapidly over the last few years at this popular open meeting.by Bruce Keen Posted 25 Apr 10:29 BST Miracles at Welton Miracles at WeltonGood weather and winds for the 14 dinghiesFourteen Miracles attended the Welton Open with 5 races over 2 days held in good weather and winds. Jon Willars takes the Trophy only secured in an exciting last race with Dave Butler coming second and Graham Watts third overall.by John Banks Posted 25 Apr 09:49 BST Wildwind Wednesdays race 2 at Lymington Wildwind Wednesdays race 2 at LymingtonSailing on one of the lowest tides of the yearRace Officer Keith Willis set an East of the River Course for one of the lowest tides of the year and a sizeable fleet to fit into the narrow river.by Alastair Beeton Posted 25 Apr 08:52 BST RS Feva Worlds a success in Florida RS Feva Worlds a success in Florida102 sailors leave Clearwater with fantastic memoriesThe dust is settling after the 11th RS Feva World Championships in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico as 102 sailors have left Clearwater with fantastic memories, new friends and a weeks worth of Florida tan.by RS Sailing Posted 25 Apr 08:00 BST London Traveller Series at Hillingdon London Traveller Series at HillingdonClass racing for youth sailors in a relaxed and friendly environmentThe first of this season's London Traveller Events took place on Sunday 22nd April at Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre (HOAC).by Sally Jones Posted 25 Apr 07:39 BST RS Quest Victorian State Championship RS Quest Victorian State ChampionshipOver 65 RS Quests now sailing in AustraliaWith over 65 RS Quests now sailing in Australia, the time was right to hold the first ever RS Quest Victorian State Championships at the Black Rock Yacht Club Skiff Regatta.by Richard Furneaux Posted 25 Apr 07:37 BST Rooster RS Tera Start of Seasons Rooster RS Tera Start of SeasonsGlorious warm sunshine for the 86 eager sailors at NorthamptonGlorious warm sunshine greeted 86 eager sailors as they arrived at the tropical location of Northampton Sailing club for the Rooster RS Tera Start of Seasons event, the first of the Squad selectors for the next season's winter training.by Emily Davis Posted 25 Apr 06:55 BST Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta final day Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta final dayA night of winning traditionConditions were Caribbean perfect for the final evening of the 31st Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. The ominous weather, which challenged the fleet during race 4, sailed away leaving behind a star-studded sky.by Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta Posted 25 Apr 06:20 BST Finn class at World Cup Series Hyères day 1 Finn class at World Cup Series Hyères day 1Jonathan Lobert makes best of gentle startFrance's Jonathan Lobert made the best of the light winds on the first day of the World Cup Series in Hyères on Tuesday to take the early lead in the 40 boat Finn fleet from Brazil's Jorge Zarif and Ioannis Mitakis, from Greece.by Robert Deaves Posted 25 Apr 06:08 BST Production and deliveries to continue at Bavaria Production and deliveries to continue at BavariaDr. Hubert Ampferl of the law firm Dr. Beck & Partner has been appointed interim administrator.In accordance with the application of the Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH, the district court of Würzburg yesterday ordered provisional self-administration.by Bavaria Posted 24 Apr 20:46 BST RLymYC Portmore Insurance Spring Series day 3 RLymYC Portmore Insurance Spring Series day 3Warm sunny conditions for races 5 & 6Once again for the Portmore Spring Series supported by Dancing Cow Brewery the wind was below forecast with just 8 knots of breeze but the crews were greeted with warm sunny conditions for races 5 & 6.by Vicky Leen, RLymYC Posted 24 Apr 20:37 BST RS Aeros at the RS Sprint Champs RS Aeros at the RS Sprint ChampsA small but refined fleet, including several localsA small but refined fleet of RS Aero 7s including several locals and a few visitors joined the rest of the RS Classes for the first time at the annual RS Sprints hosted at Rutland SC for a series of 'quick fire' & 'short course' races.by RS Aero Class Association Posted 24 Apr 20:30 BST Brits at World Cup Series Hyères day 1 Brits at World Cup Series Hyères day 1Mills and McIntyre make hard work payOn a tricky opening day of light winds at the World Cup Series Hyères the British Sailing Team came away with an impressive list of top ten positions.by Richard Aspland, RYA Posted 24 Apr 20:05 BST World Cup Series Hyères day 1 World Cup Series Hyères day 1Opening day sets scene for enthralling week of competitionThe opening scene at the third round of Sailing's World Cup Series in Hyères, France saw the 647 sailors from 46 nations remain cautious as they laid down markers to build on for a full week of competition.by Daniel Smith, World Sailing Posted 24 Apr 19:37 BST Sail Racing Palma Vela starts next week Sail Racing Palma Vela starts next weekSail Racing PalmaVela has long been a firm favourite with Swan owners22 Swans will be competing, 17 of which appear in the one design categories: ClubSwan 50 (seven entries), Swan 45 (5) and ClubSwan 42 (5). Nine races are planned for each one design class.by The Nations Trophy Posted 24 Apr 19:04 BST Henri Lloyd Elite Offshore Collection 2.0 Henri Lloyd Elite Offshore Collection 2.0Derived and evolved from the multi award winning Elite rangeThe Henri Lloyd Elite Offshore Collection is constructed from the latest in Elite fabric technology; ELITE//2.0 and is derived and evolved from the multi award winning Elite range.by Amy Grealish, Henri Lloyd Posted 24 Apr 18:30 BST BUCS Match Racing Championship 2018 BUCS Match Racing Championship 2018Southampton Champions, with Bath and Bristol in the medalsThe British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS), in conjunction with the RYA and BUSA, held the Universities' Match Racing Championship on Portland Harbour, supported by Harken UK, Marlow Ropes and GripTec by Moody Decking.by Tony Mapplebeck Posted 24 Apr 17:15 BST Get ready to Push the Boat Out - One week to go Get ready to Push the Boat Out - One week to goThe countdown is on to May's 'have a go' taster sessionsThroughout the whole Month, there are nearly 400 sailing venues across the UK opening their doors and running free or low cost Push the Boat Out 'have a go' taster sessions.by Susie NationGrainger, RYA Posted 24 Apr 16:00 BST Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8, Day 3 Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8, Day 3Dongfeng Race Team sneak into the leadThe famed anticyclone is renowned for dominating the South Atlantic and making tricky sailing for Volvo Ocean Race teams heading north or south.by Volvo Ocean Race Posted 24 Apr 15:29 BST LTSC Sunday Early Points Series day 6 LTSC Sunday Early Points Series day 6Nearly Mediterranean conditions in the Western SolentRace 6 of the Lymington Town Sunday early Points series was held on Sunday 22nd in what were nearly Mediterranean conditions with sun shining from the blue sky, a breeze building to 14 knots from the south west but quite chilly with it.by Rob Martin Posted 24 Apr 15:13 BST Optimist Coaching at Draycote Water Optimist Coaching at Draycote WaterOptimise your Optimist skills ahead of the major championships!The latest dates for the Steve Irish Coaching Optimist Programme at Draycote Water SC have been confirmed, with a schedule designed to help sailors to optimise their build-up for the major championships in 2018. by Draycote Water Sailing Club Posted 24 Apr 14:52 BST Nordic Folkboat Lymington Saturday Series day 1 Nordic Folkboat Lymington Saturday Series day 1Seven make it out to the Western Solent for the first raceSeven Nordic Folkboats turned up to the first race of the Royal Lymington Y.C. 2018 Saturday Series. With several boats still waiting to be launched, the entries are expected to increase.by Chris Baldwick Posted 24 Apr 14:05 BST Why epoxy is re-energising the racing dinghy Why epoxy is re-energising the racing dinghyResurgence in popularity of the classic designsThe Merlin Rocket. The Osprey. The 505. The Mirror. The International Moth. What do all of these classic dinghy designs have in common? They're experiencing a resurgence in popularity – and that's largely thanks to epoxy resin.by David Johnson Posted 24 Apr 12:00 BST Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series day 5 Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series day 5Spring finally arrives for the fleetWith the best weather so far in the series arriving on Sunday 22nd April, we also saw some of the best racing on the water.by Louise Nicholls Posted 24 Apr 11:23 BST Cadet Worlds Qualifier at the WPNSA Cadet Worlds Qualifier at the WPNSARacing for the Peter Scott Memorial TrophyThe first UK Cadet class qualifier for the World Team for Bodstedt, Germany this summer took place over the weekend of 21/22 April at the WPNSA, who once again looked after the fleet wonderfully.by Neil Collingridge Posted 24 Apr 11:11 BST The giants make landfall in Marseille The giants make landfall in MarseilleNice UltiMed kicks off tomorrowIt is in Marseille that the first edition of the Nice UltiMed kicks off tomorrow. For two days, from Wednesday 25 to Thursday 26 April, the local public will be able to get up close and personal with the extraordinary trimarans mooredby A.S.O. / Nice UltiMed Posted 24 Apr 10:59 BST Enterprises at Bristol Enterprises at BristolRound 1 of the Severnside SeriesBristol Corinthian YC hosted the first event in the Severnside Series on Cheddar Reservoir on 21 April.by Ian Wakeling Posted 24 Apr 09:54 BST 2018 Selden for Sailing Ice Breaker Series 2018 Selden for Sailing Ice Breaker SeriesA fantastic opportunity to get out on the waters of PittwaterFor 2018 The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club welcomes Selden for Sailing as the naming right sponsor of the Ice Breaker Series.by Brendan Rourke Posted 24 Apr 08:50 BST The New Women's Range by Rooster The New Women's Range by RoosterWhy unisex just won't do!Women who feel at home on the water are each unique, yet all require the same warmth and comfort from their kit. Gear need not be restrictive in order to keep you warm.by Rooster Posted 24 Apr 08:00 BST GP14 Midland Area Championship at Chase GP14 Midland Area Championship at ChaseIncredibly strong fleet of 38 boats38 boats turned up at the Chase Sailing Club over the weekend for the GP14 Midland Area Championships to be greeted by the sailing holy grail of sunshine, wind and some of the best GP14 sailors in the world.by Michelle Evans Posted 24 Apr 07:14 BST Dart 18 GP Round 2 at Datchet Water Dart 18 GP Round 2 at Datchet WaterMaybe not the hottest April weekend, but maybe the shiftiest!Last weekend Datchet Water Sailing Club hosted the Dart 18 GP2 & Inland Nationals in what was forecasted to be the one of the hottest April weekends on record.by Mike Gomme Posted 24 Apr 06:52 BST Solos at West Riding Solos at West Riding20 boats for Northern Travellers' Series round 2Twelve Solo Northern Travellers joined eight home club boats at West Riding SC for the second Solo Northern Travellers' Series event. The mini heat wave lasted just long enough to warm competitors backs as they rigged in a pleasant south westerly breeze.by WRSC Press Posted 24 Apr 06:43 BST 18ft Skiffs at Calshot 18ft Skiffs at CalshotSunshine for TeamO Solent Grand Prix Series Round 2The UK 18ft Skiff fleet congregated for the second time this year at their new home at Calshot Activity Centre to battle it out for Round 2 of the Solent Grand Prix Series.by Tom Hill Posted 24 Apr 06:28 BST Clipper Round the World Race 9 prize-giving Clipper Round the World Race 9 prize-givingA taste of Seattle's waterfrontAfter completing the toughest stage of the Clipper 2017-18 Race so far, which included hurricane strength winds and Phenomenal sea states of over 14m in height, each of the teams came together this evening, Sunday 22 April, to celebrate their achievementsby Clipper Round the World Posted 24 Apr 06:19 BST Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta day 4 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta day 4A crescendo to the end...On the fourth and final race of the 2018 ACYR, boats in the lead set off hoping to hold it, while the rest of the fleet went out in full battle mode.by Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta Posted 24 Apr 06:06 BST D-Zeros at Queen Mary D-Zeros at Queen MaryMorgan Sails / Zhik Southern Circuit openerArriving nice and early in full sun and blue sky, one other D-Zero was being uncovered, and soon a couple more arrived. The wind was hanging back however...by David Valentine Posted 23 Apr 20:38 BST Vane 36R Fleetwood Topham Cup Vane 36R Fleetwood Topham CupWhat a difference to a fortnight ago with sunshine at lastWhat a difference to a fortnight ago with sunshine at last. Six skippers and their boats, plus a good handful of experienced helpers to guide their boats on Fleetwood's blue lagoon.by Tony Wilson Posted 23 Apr 20:06 BST
Zhik's smock for dinghy and keelboat sailingZhik's new Dinghy Smock is made from a high-stretch, breathable, waterproof shell that provides great protection from wind, waves and spray.Nikki Henderson on skippering a Clipper Race boatI interviewed Nikki Henderson, skipper of Visit Seattle in the 2017/2018 Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, to learn more about commanding a vessel in this demanding event.RS Feva Worlds a success in FloridaThe dust is settling after the 11th RS Feva World Championships in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico as 102 sailors have left Clearwater with fantastic memories, new friends and a weeks worth of Florida tan.Flying to Florida & thriving revived class winnersWe finally have sunshine, some warmth in the air, boats back in the dinghy parks and on the moorings, and reports flying in to YachtsandYachting.com from events up and down the country.Henri Lloyd Elite Offshore Collection 2.0The Henri Lloyd Elite Offshore Collection is constructed from the latest in Elite fabric technology; ELITE//2.0 and is derived and evolved from the multi award winning Elite range.49er Champions on a mission2017 was a huge year for Dylan Fletcher and Stu Bithell. Winning the 49er Worlds was a milestone in their career. We spoke to them both to hear their plans, aspirations, how they came together as a team, and their relationship with Marlow Ropes.Why epoxy is re-energising the racing dinghyThe Merlin Rocket. The Osprey. The 505. The Mirror. The International Moth. What do all of these classic dinghy designs have in common? They're experiencing a resurgence in popularity – and that's largely thanks to epoxy resin.Home Build International Moth Blog 5There are many moth sailors that take things just that little bit too seriously, but I'm always here to help balance things out.The New Women's Range by RoosterWomen who feel at home on the water are each unique, yet all require the same warmth and comfort from their kit. Gear need not be restrictive in order to keep you warm.Squibbers set for stunning 50thI spoke to Paul Young, MD of Rondar Boats, who build Squibs, Marian Gibson, Hon. Secretary of the National Squib Class Association, and Tony Gibson, Class Captain of the Stone SC fleet, about the 50th Anniversary Celebrations.The new Watt & Sea POD 600 HydrogeneratorWatt and Sea's patented design of Hydrogenerators were first designed for shorthanded round the world yachts, to supply the power needed without carrying the weight of fuel to run the engine or generator.The Future of Sailing by Jonas Høgh-ChristensenTuesday marked the final day for classes, MNAs, regional groups and World Sailing's 'events committee working party' to hand in their suggestion for future events in Olympic sailing.Henri Lloyd Sunday Journal - Sailing SpecialIn the spirit of adventure we pull together an ultimate guide to escaping the ordinary, from the kit essentials you need to key advice from those who have 'been there and done that!' Cast off and see where the weekend takes you...Harken's GP Cat Mainsheet SystemThe Nacra 17 produces extremely high loads and the Engineers at Harken have been working on making the mainsheet more efficient since 2014, resulting in the GP Cat Mainsheet System.How sports industry can tackle plastic pollutionEnvironment Secretary Michael Gove is today calling on sports leaders from across the Commonwealth to join the fight against plastic pollution in the world's oceans.Repairs at events: David Johnson gives his adviceWe asked West System International's resident expert if there's one West System product he'd take to a sailing event, just in case he needed to make a repair... he chose three!