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RYA and RNLI call for safety afloat RYA and RNLI call for safety afloat Joining forces to produce a new series of 'how to' videos The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have joined forces to produce a new series of 'How to' videos with advice and tips on how to safely enjoy being on the water. by Emma Cotton Posted 27 Sep 17:00 BST Musto's hats, caps and beanies Musto's hats, caps and beanies Fast-dry fabric, breathable warmth, UPF protection Whether you're looking for fast-dry fabric, breathable warmth or UPF protection, Musto has appropriate and stylish headgear for all seasons and activities. by Musto Posted 27 Sep 12:00 BST 18ft Skiffs: Jack Macartney - tech2 18ft Skiffs: Jack Macartney - tech2 Jack Macartney will be back with tech2 in the Australian 18 Footers League's 2020-2021 Season The current Australian 18ft Skiff champion Jack Macartney will be back with tech2 in the Australian 18 Footers League's 2020-2021 Season fleet to defend his title and to wipe out the memory of a disappointing JJ Giltinan Championship sailed earlier by Frank Quealey Posted 27 Sep 06:46 BST Cherub Autumn Blast at Grafham Cherub Autumn Blast at Grafham Don't let a race course get in the way of enjoying your boat A 'Blast' is a weekend where we don't let a race course get in the way of enjoying our boats, and we were not to be disappointed. Bright sunshine and 15 knots greeted the eight cherubs for the first event of the year. by Martyn Denchfield Posted 26 Sep 21:21 BST Solos at Island Barn Reservoir Solos at Island Barn Reservoir Race Officer flexes his muscles and raises the Jolly Roger Island Barn limited entries to 20 boats for the Solo Open meeting, filling the quota two days before the meeting. With the cold wind and at least one sailor having to isolate at the last minute racing got under way with sixteen boats on the line. by Gareth Griffiths Posted 26 Sep 20:02 BST Finding Vendée sponsors in spite of the crisis Finding Vendée sponsors in spite of the crisis Romain Attanasio manages to secure a partnership during lockdown Given the current public health situation and the economic difficulties that have arisen, there was the fear that some sailors who had not completed their budget for the Vendée Globe might have found it hard to find sponsors. by IMOCA Globe Series Posted 26 Sep 14:43 BST RYA Joining Point Special Promotion RYA Joining Point Special Promotion Earn double commission in October The Joining Point scheme provides a quick and easy way for registered organisations to earn commission when they spread the word about RYA membership and encourage their members and customers to join the association. by Emma Slater Posted 26 Sep 12:00 BST RTYC Women's Open J70 Championship RTYC Women's Open J70 Championship Nine skilled women's teams compete in superb September conditions Nine skilled women's teams competed at the Royal Thames Yacht Club Women's Open J70 Championship, which took place over the weekend of 19th - 20th September, in champagne sailing conditions. by Rosa McNeill Posted 25 Sep 21:26 BST Melges 32 World League event 3 day 2 Melges 32 World League event 3 day 2 Caipirinha takes the lead Today's conditions turned out to be very challenging, forecasted by the weather models, with wind increasing to the point of leading the Race Committee to hoist the AP Flag and therefore set the end of the racing after the first race of today. by Melges World League Posted 25 Sep 21:14 BST Régates Royales day 4 Régates Royales day 4 Photographer Alexander Panzeri talks through how he viewed the racing On paper, my program for the event has been concluded, with 1.5 days gone due to the weather, and as usual one day is dedicated to finding new alternative to shoot, in particular from the ground, as I often watch the regattas from a beach or a port wall… by Alexander Panzeri Posted 25 Sep 20:57 BST RS200 Scottish Championship at Castle Semple RS200 Scottish Championship at Castle Semple The Scottish RS200 fleet finally have their first event of the year It's been a tough season for many of us, but on the 19th of September the RS200 class, after discussions with RYA Scotland, finally managed to have our first event of the year. by Peter Collings Posted 25 Sep 17:26 BST Have you heard about RYA Audiobooks? Have you heard about RYA Audiobooks? Yachtmaster Handbook and VHF Handbook are the first two titles The RYA is delighted to announce the launch of RYA Audiobooks, the latest addition to the already extensive range of print and digital RYA publications. by Becky Gilbert-Wood Posted 25 Sep 17:00 BST Entry open foLes Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille Entry open foLes Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille April 2021 will see the 12th edition More than ever, the organizers are putting their faith in the future and promising to organize an event with the same excellence as past years, where conversation, competition, and conviviality are on the roster. by Laura Muma Posted 25 Sep 14:36 BST Changing Tack in a Changing World Changing Tack in a Changing World No more middle-men will reduce Henri-Lloyd prices by 40% plus No more middle-men will reduce Henri-Lloyd prices by 40% plus by Henri-Lloyd Posted 25 Sep 12:00 BST Kit you should carry when sailing at night Kit you should carry when sailing at night Considering night vision and man-overboard safety The nights may be drawing in, however, there's no need to shorten your sailing days. Sailing into dusk and through the night can be one of the most exhilarating and rewarding experiences. by Liz Rushall Posted 25 Sep 12:00 BST Persico 69F Grand Prix 2.2 in Malcesine overall Persico 69F Grand Prix 2.2 in Malcesine overall Young Azzurra take the victory A race (won) was enough for Young Azzurra to seal the victory in the ITAS Assicurazioni Grand Prix 2.2 of Persico 69F Cup. Malcesine saw a bad wind on the final day - a very unusual condition for the location. by Persico 69F Posted 25 Sep 11:36 BST Dame Ellen's final rallying call Dame Ellen's final rallying call To get Round Britain Your Way Three years yesterday, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust sailed into Largs to complete its Round Britain 2017 voyage, founder and patron, Dame Ellen, is urging everyone to have one last push to get the Trust virtually Round Britain again. by Karenza Morton Posted 25 Sep 10:28 BST Melges 32 World League event 3 day 1 Melges 32 World League event 3 day 1 German crew of 'Homanit' rule in Scarlino South-Easterly breeze sets the pace for the first day of racing for the Melges 32 fleet in the Gulf of Follonica and the youngest crew in the fleet, Gordon Nickel and and Maximilian Stein's Homanit, immediately takes control of the ranking. by Melges World League Posted 25 Sep 07:07 BST Lark Nationals to be in October - and free! Lark Nationals to be in October - and free! The class will 'give something back' by covering the cost of members' entries The Larks are planning a free "RYA Covid-compliant Nationals" in Plymouth on 17/18 October. by Nigel Hufton Posted 25 Sep 06:35 BST Régates Royales day 3 Régates Royales day 3 Torben Grael gives a starting masterclass After the problematic weather of the first two days, today we already knew that it would be a great day, the nearly perfect weather to shoot: sunny, not too much wind, nearly no big waves. by Alexander Panzeri Posted 24 Sep 23:19 BST West Lancashire YC 24 Hour eRace West Lancashire YC 24 Hour eRace No competitor felt cold or wet when capsizing in a brief squall at 2am Having considered all the options in early May West Lancashire Yacht Club made the difficult but, as it turned out, correct decision to cancel this year's WLYC 24 Hour Race on the Marine Lake, Southport. by Rob Pickering Posted 24 Sep 20:38 BST 17th PalmaVela Regatta postponed 17th PalmaVela Regatta postponed RCNP's president announces very hard decision The Regatta organisers, headed by Emerico Fuster, president of the RCNP, have announced the decision today after considering the different options for organization and participation. by Alejandro Varela Posted 24 Sep 20:15 BST Weymouth Yacht Regatta Weymouth Yacht Regatta 40 boats, including class racing for J24s, VX Ones and Squibs Forty boats from along the South Coast enjoyed a hotly contested Weymouth Yacht Regatta including Class racing for J24s, VXOnes and Squibs. by Kathy Claydon Posted 24 Sep 16:13 BST Rolex Middle Sea Race edges closer Rolex Middle Sea Race edges closer 79 boats representing 21 countries are currently registered A diverse and attractive fleet given the circumstances, with some fascinating entries. The Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC) continues to take nothing for granted. by Rolex Middle Sea Race Media Posted 24 Sep 15:57 BST Arkema 4 new Multi50 launched Arkema 4 new Multi50 launched An innovative, versatile and sharp-looking yacht for Quentin Vlamynck The brand new Arkema 4 was launched in the water this morning outside the Lalou Multi Composite shipyard in Port Bloc in the Gironde region, after one year of painstaking work. by Team Arkema Posted 24 Sep 14:47 BST Vendee Globe: Sleep is an essential requirement Vendee Globe: Sleep is an essential requirement With a direct impact on safety and performance In the very specific, rarefied world of solo ocean racing, sleep has a direct impact on safety and performance. In this first part, we begin with the subject of data with Thomas Ruyant. by Vendee Globe Posted 24 Sep 14:05 BST Persico 69F Grand Prix 2.2 in Malcesine day 2 Persico 69F Grand Prix 2.2 in Malcesine day 2 Young Azzurra win four races out of eight Young Azzurra are the protagonists of the second day of Persico 69F Cup ITAS Assicurazioni G.P 2.2, the first day of racing after the opening lull. by Persico 69F Posted 24 Sep 13:20 BST Bayside Marine Topper SW Area Championships Bayside Marine Topper SW Area Championships 39 young sailors take to the water at Brixham YC Brixham Yacht Club hosted the first South West topper event of the season on the 12th and 13th of September generously sponsored by Bayside Marine Chandlery. by Mark Smith Posted 24 Sep 12:21 BST Hamble River Sailing Club Optimist Open Hamble River Sailing Club Optimist Open A range of events for 58 younger sailors This weekend saw our younger sailors take to the water in a range of events. Firstly there was the annual HRSC Uncle Bob's competition on Saturday, our annual junior event. by Jane Saunders Posted 24 Sep 12:11 BST Gitana Team prepare for the Jules Verne Trophy Gitana Team prepare for the Jules Verne Trophy Maxi Edmond de Rothschild 40 days away from the start of stand-by This figure has been on everyone's minds for many months now; 40 days (23 hours and 30 minutes), is the exact time to beat if the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is to topple Francis Joyon and IDEC Sport, the current record holders. by Gitana Team Posted 24 Sep 12:03 BST Racing Rules Explainer Episode 2 Racing Rules Explainer Episode 2 Windward Mark Rounding Episode 2 of the Racing Rules Explainer series is now live! This week we look at how to use the Racing Rules of Sailing to improve your windward mark rounding skills. by Tom Chamberlain, RYA Posted 24 Sep 11:00 BST Innovative sustainability program Innovative sustainability program The Race Around intends to revolutionise the offshore sailing industry With three years to go until the start of the first edition of The Race Around, the organisers have announced the most innovative sustainability program in offshore racing. by Sam Holliday Posted 24 Sep 08:56 BST RYA Northern Ireland Youth Championships RYA Northern Ireland Youth Championships More than 90 Youth and Junior sailors at Ballyholme More than 90 of Northern Ireland's Youth and Junior sailors have taken part in the RYA Northern Ireland youth Championships, which were hosted by Ballyholme Yacht Club. by Emma Blee Posted 24 Sep 05:26 BST Study reveals sailing builds children's resilience Study reveals sailing builds children's resilience Roseland Youth Sailing Trust doing great work in Cornwall School children learn to cope with a host of challenges, stresses and worries in life - just by learning to sail - according to new research commissioned by the Roseland Youth Sailing Trust (RYST). by Lianne Barnard Posted 23 Sep 22:16 BST Fireballs at Paignton Fireballs at Paignton Unusual launching conditions but great races in Torbay Six Fireballs braved a "challenging" forecast and arrived at Paignton SC for the first Fireball event of 2020. They were greeted with an exceptionally friendly welcome, superb facilities, strong easterly wind and swell in the harbour. by Dan Johnson and Ben Latham Posted 23 Sep 21:49 BST Gstaad YC postpones 10th Centenary Trophy Gstaad YC postpones 10th Centenary Trophy Difficult quarantine measures between France and Switzerland The Swiss Club has taken the tough decision to move forward the 10th edition of the Gstaad Yacht Club Centenary Trophy, the regatta dedicated to boats one hundred years and more of age. by Gstaad Yacht Club Posted 23 Sep 18:52 BST Making life on board bearable Making life on board bearable Ed Gorman looks at the issue of IMOCA comfort, and discomfort The IMOCA fleet has a deserved reputation for exceptional performance, for spectacular displays of awesome speed and power, but it also for being made up of some of the most hostile racing platforms ever used in world sailing. by IMOCA Globe Series Posted 23 Sep 18:06 BST Cariad's around Britain sustainable yacht voyage Cariad's around Britain sustainable yacht voyage An interview discussing wildlife, pump out facilities and more Kate Fortnam, The Green Blue campaign manager, speaks to Rebecca and Colin Field who are sailing 'Cariad' around Britain, and making it a sustainable yacht voyage. by James Eaves Posted 23 Sep 16:50 BST Stripping and recovering yacht ropes Stripping and recovering yacht ropes Upffront.com look at when, where and why The majority of yacht ropes are double braid construction i.e. with a core and braided cover. The purpose of this cover is to protect the core from general chafe, abrasion and UV damage but also to provide grip. by Phil Anniss Posted 23 Sep 15:00 BST Régates Royales day 2 Régates Royales day 2 A big storm with heavy rain hit the bay till mid afternoon Not so much to say except that we were happy to be on shore a big storm with heavy rain has hit the bay till mid afternoon, when the races were cancelled at 12:00UTC by Alexander Panzeri Posted 23 Sep 13:28 BST Persico 69F Grand Prix 2.2 in Malcesine day 1 Persico 69F Grand Prix 2.2 in Malcesine day 1 Lake Garda without wind and without races A forced pause day: Day 1 of ITAS Assicurazioni GP 2.2, new stage of Persico 69F Cup, was characterized by an absent wind. by Persico 69F Posted 23 Sep 12:04 BST Bella Mente Racing team set for NYYC Race Week Bella Mente Racing team set for NYYC Race Week It's been a long time coming... It was a long time coming, but Hap Fauth finally has reunited with his sailing family in Newport, R.I. where he will steer his Maxi 72 Bella Mente in this week's NYYC Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex and the Queen's Cup that follows it. by Barby MacGowan Posted 23 Sep 11:25 BST Allen 29er GP1 at the WPNSA overall Allen 29er GP1 at the WPNSA overall Plenty of action for the 74-boat fleet in Portland Harbour With a 238-day gap between events, everyone was excited to head to Portland and WPNSA for the Allen GP 1. In what would be a thrilling return to racing, strong winds all weekend meant there would be plenty of action for the 74-boat fleet. by Ben Mueller Posted 23 Sep 06:49 BST Three members announced for 11th Hour Racing Team Three members announced for 11th Hour Racing Team Great Britain's Simon Fisher and Rob Greenhalgh, together with Australia's Kyle Langford Three new sailing crew have been signed by 11th Hour Racing Team, the US-based offshore sailing team with a sight set on winning The Ocean Race 2022-23 by 11th Hour Racing Team Posted 23 Sep 06:25 BST A Blocks Newsline Special A Blocks Newsline Special Helping you understand the Barton range and choose the right blocks Did you know that our range of blocks includes over 1000 products to cater for every task on boats up to 15m/50ft. We have dedicated this Newsline to helping you understand our range and choose the right blocks every time to control the power aboard. by Barton Marine Posted 22 Sep 18:00 BST RS Elites in Strangford Lough's Frostie Week day 1 RS Elites in Strangford Lough's Frostie Week day 1 A small misunderstanding about which was the correct windward mark This was the first day of racing for most of the Elites this year as a result of a Covid-hit 2020 season. Five boats made it onto the water with the hope of another couple joining for next week. by Ed Cody Posted 22 Sep 17:36 BST UK Finn Masters and Open Championships UK Finn Masters and Open Championships 30 boats on the iconic Christchurch Bay race track Over the 19-20th September the experienced team at Christchurch Sailing Club organised a Covid secure and socially distanced UK Masters championship and Open event, much to the delight of the of 30 Finns that attended. by John Heyes Posted 22 Sep 16:15 BST Handy New Drybags From Zhik Handy New Drybags From Zhik Joining the range of technical luggage are two different handy dry bags Joining Zhik's range of technical luggage for sailing and watersports, are two different handy dry bags. The perfect Christmas gift?! by Liz Rushall Posted 22 Sep 14:05 BST
RYA and RNLI call for safety afloatThe Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have joined forces to produce a new series of 'How to' videos with advice and tips on how to safely enjoy being on the water.Happy DaysGetting out on the water this week was superb. The winds were a little bit variable, and at 5 to 10 knots they were hardly going to set the world on fire either.Musto's hats, caps and beaniesWhether you're looking for fast-dry fabric, breathable warmth or UPF protection, Musto has appropriate and stylish headgear for all seasons and activities.Crafty Keith - The definition of 'Legend'To describe someone as a 'legend' means that they really have to special, across a number of disciplines and a protracted period of time. One man who is special enough to be worthy of that term 'legend' is Weston SC's Keith Paul.RYA Joining Point Special PromotionThe Joining Point scheme provides a quick and easy way for registered organisations to earn commission when they spread the word about RYA membership and encourage their members and customers to join the association.Going down the mineIt would be easy to go bow down, and let the greenies swamp you up to the mast during the course of the last passage of time.Have you heard about RYA Audiobooks?The RYA is delighted to announce the launch of RYA Audiobooks, the latest addition to the already extensive range of print and digital RYA publications.Doing something differentI'm a great believer in the philosophy of learning something new every day and this weekend has given me ample opportunity to do exactly that.Changing Tack in a Changing WorldNo more middle-men will reduce Henri-Lloyd prices by 40% plusFear of flyingIn the recent massive missive on having fun courtesy of the scow hull form, 'All the Fs in sailing' there were a few other Fs that were missing.Kit you should carry when sailing at nightThe nights may be drawing in, however, there's no need to shorten your sailing days. Sailing into dusk and through the night can be one of the most exhilarating and rewarding experiences.Decloaking Klingon Bird of Prey to PortWhat could the Christmas ocean racing period look like? Tasmania has already cancelled the Taste of Tasmania that runs at the same time as all the boats arrive into Hobart...Stripping and recovering yacht ropesThe majority of yacht ropes are double braid construction i.e. with a core and braided cover. The purpose of this cover is to protect the core from general chafe, abrasion and UV damage but also to provide grip.Hail to the volunteers!As sailors, we owe a massive debt of gratitude to volunteers at our clubs and within our classes - without them sailing would either be not as good or a vast amount more expensive to participate in.A Blocks Newsline SpecialDid you know that our range of blocks includes over 1000 products to cater for every task on boats up to 15m/50ft. We have dedicated this Newsline to helping you understand our range and choose the right blocks every time to control the power aboard.Foil for Life Challenge by Lemer Pax complete!After a month of planning all was set for the six WASZP sailors on Friday 14th August to undertake the Foil for Life Challenge by Lemer Pax. On the eve of the challenge, a potentially devastating announcement was made by the UK Government...