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2019 International WASZP Slalom event 2019 International WASZP Slalom event The International WASZP Games kick off in style The International WASZP Games kicked off in style yesterday with the first ever International WASZP Slalom event streamed live into households around the world! by Marc Ablett Posted 23 Jan 15:19 GMT Last chance to enter Steve Nicholson Memorial Race Last chance to enter Steve Nicholson Memorial Race You'd better be quick as there are only a few spaces remaining We've been inundated with entries to this year's Steve Nicholson Memorial Race and if you haven't yet entered you'd better be quick as there are only a few spaces remaining, with the big event happening this weekend! by P&B Posted 23 Jan 15:00 GMT 2019 Miami Skiff Midwinter Regatta 2019 Miami Skiff Midwinter Regatta Grael & Kunze take 49erFX win on the final day Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) sailed a 3, 7, 3 in light and tricky conditions of the final day of the mid winters regatta to claim the win in the 49erFX. by Ben Remocker Posted 23 Jan 06:46 GMT Ocean Race Science Programme scoops award Ocean Race Science Programme scoops award Ocean Race Science Programme scoops award Efforts to increase understanding of ocean health recognised by prestigious Ocean Tribute Awards. by Robin Clegg / Volvo Ocean Race Posted 23 Jan 02:41 GMT Opportunity knocks for Antigua Bermuda Race Opportunity knocks for Antigua Bermuda Race Tim Gollin's stunning Lombard designed 67-foot sloop Arará is new to the race The Antigua Bermuda Race is organised by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in association with Antigua Sailing Week. The oceanic race will start from Fort Charlotte Antigua, just after Antigua Sailing Week. by Louay Habib Posted 22 Jan 20:48 GMT Kids Club relaunches at LRYSA Kids Club relaunches at LRYSA Back afloat for 2019 on Saturday 16 February Leicester youngsters can enjoy award-winning sailing teaching when the Leicestershire and Rutland Youth Sailing Association (LRYSA)'s Kids Club gets back afloat for 2019 on Saturday 16 February. by Karenza Morton Posted 22 Jan 16:12 GMT Investing for the future: New machinery at Allen Investing for the future: New machinery at Allen Major investment in Haas VF-2 Vertical Machining Centre Exactly a year ago, Allen Brothers purchased a Haas VF-2 Vertical Machining Centre or VMC for short – part of a major investment for the company of over £100,000. This has doubled their capacity for producing some of their top-end fittings. by Mark Jardine Posted 22 Jan 15:00 GMT 2018 RYA Scotland Annual Awards 2018 RYA Scotland Annual Awards Celebrating success afloat The RYA Scotland Annual Awards, the annual celebration of the successes and people involved across recreational and competitive boating, took place at The Chartroom in Kip Marina on Saturday the 19th of January. by Marc Turner Posted 22 Jan 14:25 GMT NZ Millennium Cup starts next week NZ Millennium Cup starts next week The first superyacht regatta of 2019 A series of courses will display the cruising ground to its best advantage while giving some of New Zealand's best sailors a chance to show off their home turf, as rockstar international race crew fly in for the competition. by Isla McKechnie Posted 22 Jan 14:21 GMT 2019 Superyacht Challenge Antigua fleet assembled 2019 Superyacht Challenge Antigua fleet assembled Boat captains and their team are readying themselves The racing off the south coast of Antigua will be magnificent; the trade winds have been blowing for many weeks. Warm air, solid breeze and a good sea state promise perfect conditions for the powerful fleet. by Louay Habib Posted 22 Jan 14:07 GMT LTSC Perisher Series day 3 LTSC Perisher Series day 3 Much improved conditions compared with the previous week The third race of the Lymington Town Sailing Club's Perisher Series was sailed in much improved conditions compared with the previous week's full-on blow. by Emma Bonner Posted 22 Jan 13:54 GMT Icom IC-M25: The marine VHF radio of choice Icom IC-M25: The marine VHF radio of choice Difficult to think what more you'd want from it The Icom IC-M25 is the ubiquitous marine VHF radio. When it comes to a handheld device for inshore and support boat use, it's difficult to think what more you'd want from it. by Mark Jardine Posted 22 Jan 12:00 GMT RC Lasers and DF65s at Southport RC Lasers and DF65s at Southport The day begins with almost no wind at all Could it be any worse than our last outing when we barely had more than a breath of wind? Alan's Laser was put to water after he had set a shortened promising course, but the craft was refusing to move. by Tony Wilson Posted 22 Jan 11:53 GMT Solway Yacht Club scoops 'Club of the Year' Award Solway Yacht Club scoops 'Club of the Year' Award At RYA Scotland's glittering Awards Presentation on Saturday At RYA Scotland's glittering Awards Presentation event on Saturday evening, Solway Yacht Club from Kippford won the prized 'Club of the Year' Award 2018. by Ian Purkis Posted 22 Jan 11:19 GMT Trotman wins Australian WASZP Championship Trotman wins Australian WASZP Championship All the warm-ups now complete for the 2019 International WASZP Games The Australian WASZP Nationals has concluded and all the warm-ups are now complete for the 2019 International WASZP Games. by Marc Ablett Posted 22 Jan 10:36 GMT Highcliffe Sailing Club Icicle Series day 2 Highcliffe Sailing Club Icicle Series day 2 What happens with a fleet of Finns meets an army of Aeros? As motivation goes, flicking ice off your boat cover is never a very appealing start to a morning's racing and the fairly glassy look to the harbour didn't feel very inspiring for racing either, however, nothing stops the committed sailor. by Sarah Desjonqueres Posted 22 Jan 06:22 GMT Festival of Sails "goes green" for clean regattas Festival of Sails "goes green" for clean regattas Joining an international campaign in a bid to protect local waters The Festival of Sails, with the support of Barwon Water, has joined an international campaign to provide "clean regattas" in a bid to protect our local waters. by Jessica Gabites Posted 22 Jan 05:58 GMT Marlow Ropes Leigh & Lowton Tipsy Icicle day 3 Marlow Ropes Leigh & Lowton Tipsy Icicle day 3 On the water after two weeks of cancelled racing After two weeks of cancelled racing, due to either too much or too little wind, we eventually managed to get the series started but unfortunately due to the fickle wind we only managed one race. by Paul Heath Posted 21 Jan 21:22 GMT Golden Globe Race day 204 Golden Globe Race day 204 Kopar's challenge for 3rd place runs out of steam The elastic between Jean-Luc Van Den Heede and Mark Slats has stretched in the Frenchman's favour over the weekend allowing him to open up a 215-mile lead over his Dutch rival. by Barry Pickthall, Golden Globe Race Posted 21 Jan 16:38 GMT Dun Laoghaire Frostbite Series 2 day 1 Dun Laoghaire Frostbite Series 2 day 1 After two successive Sundays lost to the vagaries of the weather After two successive Sundays were lost to the vagaries of the weather, the Dun Laoghaire Frostbites finally got under way yesterday with three races inside the harbour. by Cormac Bradley Posted 21 Jan 16:10 GMT Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series Act 3 Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series Act 3 Windy with seven races completed in the run-up to 35th Primo Cup The new year offered proof that the one-design J/70 fleet is thriving, judging by the number that turned out to compete in Act III of the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series, with 40 boats out on the water. by Isabelle Andrieux Posted 21 Jan 15:49 GMT 2019 RS Aero Worlds at to be held at Black Rock 2019 RS Aero Worlds at to be held at Black Rock Set to enjoy the Australian summer over New Year in Melbourne The third RS Aero World Championships is set to enjoy the Australian summer as a climatic end to the 2019 season, set over New Year at Black Rock YC, Melbourne. by Vikki Payne, RS Sailing Posted 21 Jan 15:27 GMT RS Elite 2020 Nationals RS Elite 2020 Nationals Ambitious plans for the next two years The RS Elite class has ambitious plans for its National Championships over the next two years. by Alasdair McLeod Posted 21 Jan 13:19 GMT Medway RC Laser Winter Series round 7 Medway RC Laser Winter Series round 7 A stark contrast to the previous week Round 7 brought a stark contrast to the previous week where gusty winds of 19-20 kts from the NW were replaced by ENE and below 10kts. The wind direction provided a course with a start line that was a little distance from the shore. by Jamie Blair Posted 21 Jan 13:14 GMT Youth vs Experience Challenge! Youth vs Experience Challenge! Steve Cockerill takes on Ben Whaley in a match racing duel Steve Cockerill, representing experience, takes on British Sailing Team member Ben Whaley, Match Racing in RS21 keelboats at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy. by RYA Posted 21 Jan 12:00 GMT Equator record for Spindrift 2 Equator record for Spindrift 2 In their Jules Verne Trophy record attempt This is the first challenge in the team's quest to beat the round the world record. The time for the passage from Ushant to the Equator still has to be officially ratified by the WSSRC (the international organisation that oversees records) by Spindrift racing Posted 21 Jan 11:25 GMT What is a sailing dogbone? What is a sailing dogbone? They have been around for centuries, now re-engineered A dogbone is a small, light, dual tapered rod, which can simply and efficiently connect lines together. As the name suggests, its shape is comparable to that of a 'dog bone', where the middle section is tapered, and the two ends proportionally wider. by Phil Anniss Posted 21 Jan 09:00 GMT Clipper Race 2019-20: Crew brief a huge success Clipper Race 2019-20: Crew brief a huge success Hundreds of Race Crew and Supporters gathering at Lord's Cricket Ground The countdown to the Clipper 2019-20 Race is officially on with hundreds of Race Crew and Supporters gathering at Lord's Cricket Ground in London for Crew Brief. by Clipper Round the World Posted 21 Jan 08:00 GMT Bembridge Illusion Team Racing Final Bembridge Illusion Team Racing Final Finishing an event that had to be aborted in December After the final race on Sunday morning for Bill's Barrel, the course was re-set and umpire RIBs manned ready for the final of the team racing that had had to be aborted in early December after Raymond Simonds's Illusion was damaged. by Mike Samuelson Posted 21 Jan 07:28 GMT Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel Bembridge Illusion Bill's Barrel There is no rule 9! It was great to see 18 Illusions out on Saturday for the first day of this season's Bill's Barrel which was again generously sponsored by Bill Daniels with support from Goddards Brewery. As usual Bill had written up some special rules for the Regatta. by Mike Samuelson Posted 20 Jan 22:45 GMT Lennon Racewear January Sale extended! Lennon Racewear January Sale extended! 10% off all Racewear products using code LRW2019SALE The Lennon waterproof sock in 2.5mm neoprene. Used with any wetsuit, a water resistant seal can be made by folding the top of the sock inside itself. £34.92 inc VAT. Plus: Back in stock in all sizes, our 2.5mm Thermalite Top for cold weather sailing. by Lennon Performance Products Posted 20 Jan 10:00 GMT 18ft Skiff Australian Championship day 1 18ft Skiff Australian Championship day 1 The Winning Group team take the honours on a light wind day The Winning Group team of John Winning Jr., Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton took the honours after extremely light winds created a drama packed day one of racing at the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today. by Frank Quealey Posted 20 Jan 08:38 GMT Australian Musto Skiff National Championship Australian Musto Skiff National Championship Marcus Hamilton takes his first MPS title With a prediction of sunny 20 knot sea breezes, the fleet set off in anxious haste having been sternly informed by our PRO that no late starters would be tolerated. We were greeted by a 10-12 knot north easterly sea breeze predicted to increase. by Tim Hill Posted 19 Jan 14:58 GMT Working group formed to tackle lobster pot hazard Working group formed to tackle lobster pot hazard Task force set to review small craft fishing gear entanglements Following previous work by the RYA coupled with the campaign and petition pursued by the Cruising Association, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has convened the first meeting of the Lobster Pots and Small Craft Safety Working Group. by Loretta Spridgeon, RYA Posted 19 Jan 08:23 GMT South Shields SC Spring Splash preview South Shields SC Spring Splash preview Itching to get back on the water? Itching to get back on the water? Don't worry, it's only a few weeks until South Shields Spring Splash series starts! We have good launching, a large sailing area within the piers of the Tyne Mouth, and hot showers. by Jacob Ainsworth Posted 18 Jan 19:51 GMT TridentUK Winter Sale on Boat Maintenance and More TridentUK Winter Sale on Boat Maintenance and More Plus 10% off Orbit drysuits and 20% off Magic Marine Plastic Padding Gelcoat Filler 180ml Tin was £14.75 now £11.80. West Systems 105/205 Epoxy A Pack 1.2kg was £40.75 now £34.65. International Original Gloss Varnish 2.5Ltr was £53.35 now £48. by TridentUK Posted 18 Jan 18:30 GMT Alton Water Fox's Chandlery Frostbite Series wk. 2 Alton Water Fox's Chandlery Frostbite Series wk. 2 40 sailors launch... many didn't survive the first lap What a difference a week makes! It was a brighter day and warmer, the wind was in the same direction as the previous week but with a lot more of it, plus some vicious gusts of 30+ mph. by Jenny Pavey Posted 18 Jan 16:20 GMT Falmouth Week offers a new range of options Falmouth Week offers a new range of options A shorter event for Bay fleet boats that can't do a whole 7 days The group that organise Falmouth's annual festival of sailing are set to make some radical changes for this year's event set to take place from August 11-17. by Andrew Laming Posted 18 Jan 15:37 GMT The Jacksons to headline at St. Maarten The Jacksons to headline at St. Maarten Motown royalty to grace the Heineken Regatta The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is famous for world-class racing and attracting some of the world's top musical acts for their legendary parties. This year is no different. Motown royalty, The Jacksons, will perform on Sunday March 3rd, 2019. by Liberty Ash Posted 18 Jan 13:12 GMT Announcing the J/80 World Championship in Bilbao Announcing the J/80 World Championship in Bilbao 75 boats and over 500 sailors from all over the world expected For the host nation, it will be a real fight for national honors for the top three teams from last year's 2018 J/80 Copa de Espana that were held on the same waters. by J/Boats Posted 18 Jan 13:07 GMT Etchells Australian Championship overall Etchells Australian Championship overall Iain Murray, Colin Beashel and Richie Allanson can be very proud of their win So yes, once the Answering Pennant had been given a couple of airings, and the cloud that was causing all the issues had finally moved on overhead towards Lota, the breeze settled into its familiar ENE and 8 knot mode. We were off. by John Curnow Posted 18 Jan 12:16 GMT Rooster's New Superlite Hybrid Jacket Rooster's New Superlite Hybrid Jacket Try Wear Me Out Fresh in for 2019, Rooster have designed the ideal lightweight, hard-wearing layer, constructed using a hybrid of materials to make this jacket both comfortable, functional and durable. by Emma Ralph Posted 18 Jan 12:00 GMT Inspiring the next generation - Martin Boatman Inspiring the next generation - Martin Boatman Influential and inspiring youth coach passes away Martin Boatman, who died this week following a two-year battle with cancer, will be remembered as one of the most influential and inspiring coaches of youngsters the sailing world has seen. by Will Carson Posted 18 Jan 10:40 GMT 420s Out in Force for the Tiger Trophy 420s Out in Force for the Tiger Trophy 18 boats have already signed up The 420 class have a packed programme of events running through the spring and incorporating the selector events for the 2019 teams for the World and European Championships. by Jennie Clark Posted 18 Jan 08:13 GMT Star European Championship entries open Star European Championship entries open SSL Breeze Grand Slam Registration also open Registration for the 2019 Star European Championship / SSL Breeze Grand Slam in Riva del Garda, Italy, is open online, and you shouldn't waste time and go to the International Star Class website and sign up for one of the best sailing event of 2019. by Rachele Vitello Posted 18 Jan 07:25 GMT RS Feva Class Association looking for a sponsor RS Feva Class Association looking for a sponsor Shape the future! The RS Feva Class Association has been fortunate to be supported by market-leading companies over the last ten years. Our sponsors have supported our Class because it offers a cost-effective vehicle for brand and product awareness. by Lucy Jameson Posted 17 Jan 20:35 GMT OC Sport opens international base in France OC Sport opens international base in France One of the first to take advantage is VOR-winning skipper Charles Caudrelier 'Le HUB by OC Sport' will draw on the company's successful track record in the organisation of major offshore events and team management, to offer a full-service solution for international offshore sailing campaigns. by OC Sport Posted 17 Jan 19:01 GMT Allen launch new blue carbon tiller extensions Allen launch new blue carbon tiller extensions Five different sizes now available A new range of tiller extensions is now available from Allen. The blue carbon tiller extension range features a larger outside diameter than previous Allen models, as well as a peel-ply grip that runs the length of the tube. by Ben Harden, Allen Posted 17 Jan 17:00 GMT
Last chance to enter Steve Nicholson Memorial RaceWe've been inundated with entries to this year's Steve Nicholson Memorial Race and if you haven't yet entered you'd better be quick as there are only a few spaces remaining, with the big event happening this weekend!Investing for the future: New machinery at AllenExactly a year ago, Allen Brothers purchased a Haas VF-2 Vertical Machining Centre or VMC for short – part of a major investment for the company of over £100,000. This has doubled their capacity for producing some of their top-end fittings.Icom IC-M25: The marine VHF radio of choiceThe Icom IC-M25 is the ubiquitous marine VHF radio. When it comes to a handheld device for inshore and support boat use, it's difficult to think what more you'd want from it.Budget Ultra-High Performance SailingOn a cold winter's day down at Marconi Sailing Club I took a look at what could be the best bang-for-your-buck boat I've seen. A truly budget high-performance double-hander in the form of Tristan Walker-Hutt and Tom Clayton's International 14 'Fawkes'.Youth vs Experience Challenge!Steve Cockerill, representing experience, takes on British Sailing Team member Ben Whaley, Match Racing in RS21 keelboats at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy.It's all about wings (again…)In what may seem like back in the Jurassic age, well certainly in a sailing sense anyway, a certain, special, and never-before-seen keel was unleashed on the world. It had some wings on either side of a much reduced wetted surface area fin...What is a sailing dogbone?A dogbone is a small, light, dual tapered rod, which can simply and efficiently connect lines together. As the name suggests, its shape is comparable to that of a 'dog bone', where the middle section is tapered, and the two ends proportionally wider.What does it take to be a Clipper Race Skipper?Clipper Race Skipper Dale Smyth has been sailing since he was around 8 years old, racing Hobie Cats and then moving into full-time sailing from the age of 18.Lennon Racewear January Sale extended!The Lennon waterproof sock in 2.5mm neoprene. Used with any wetsuit, a water resistant seal can be made by folding the top of the sock inside itself. £34.92 inc VAT. Plus: Back in stock in all sizes, our 2.5mm Thermalite Top for cold weather sailing.Who ate all the (mince) pies?With the festive holiday, the big question has to be if Santa delivered the Finn class the biggest stocking filler ever, a reprieve from their banishment to the wilderness outside of the Olympics.Working group formed to tackle lobster pot hazardFollowing previous work by the RYA coupled with the campaign and petition pursued by the Cruising Association, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has convened the first meeting of the Lobster Pots and Small Craft Safety Working Group.The only way is upIt really would be all too easy to break out into a bit of Yazz about now. That's assuming you're old enough to remember the tune, and what about those cycling shorts with braces. Synth pop. I mean really?TridentUK Winter Sale on Boat Maintenance and MorePlastic Padding Gelcoat Filler 180ml Tin was £14.75 now £11.80. West Systems 105/205 Epoxy A Pack 1.2kg was £40.75 now £34.65. International Original Gloss Varnish 2.5Ltr was £53.35 now £48.The Top 10 Biggest Sailing Stories of 2018: Part 2There are the stories that you think are the biggest stories of the year, the ones that make the biggest splash. But what actually ARE the biggest stories?Rooster's New Superlite Hybrid JacketFresh in for 2019, Rooster have designed the ideal lightweight, hard-wearing layer, constructed using a hybrid of materials to make this jacket both comfortable, functional and durable.The Top 10 Biggest Sailing Stories of 2018: Part 1These are the stories that you think are the biggest stories of the year, the ones that make the biggest splash. But what actually ARE the biggest stories?