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Larks at the West Lancs 24 Hour Race Larks at the West Lancs 24 Hour RaceCapsizes reshuiffle the leaderboardThe 2018 West Lancs. Yacht Club 24 Hour Race took place over 8/9 September. It was superbly organised and was massive for a 'traditional dinghy' event, with 77 entries and around 1,000 participants.by Will Henderson Posted 18 Sep 22:58 BST EAORA Buckley Goblets EAORA Buckley GobletsWon by a classic 1974 Sparkman & Stephens 41 footerThe Classic 1974 Sparkman & Stephens 41 footer "Golden Fleece" owned by Michael Wheeler from West Mersea YC won the 2018 Buckley Goblets proving that sometimes it's not all about Kevlar hulls and Dimension Polyant sails!by Paul Wood Posted 18 Sep 22:50 BST River Exe Champagne Challenge River Exe Champagne ChallengeBoats range from small open cats to gaffers to 45ft yachtsThe day of the ESC organised race dawned calm and Race Officer Richard Linsdale wisely set a short course for the Club class. At the signal, the wind died, but five minutes later the breeze filled in and the class moved off towards Brixham.by Rex Frost Posted 18 Sep 22:42 BST 52 Super Series Valencia Sailing Week day 1 52 Super Series Valencia Sailing Week day 1Platoon lead at the bellDisplaying a notable speed edge in the light 6-10kts breeze conditions Harm Müller-Spreer's Platoon leads the 52 Super Series Valencia Sailing Week after the first two races.by 52 Super Series Posted 18 Sep 22:21 BST MYA Footy National Championship MYA Footy National ChampionshipRadio sailing at Frensham, with a Junior category tooJohn Burgoine became the new national Footy champion on the 16th September at this open championship, which attracted seventeen entries from seven clubs. Thanks to the efforts of the host club and the class captain it was a very successful event.by Roger Stollery Posted 18 Sep 18:53 BST K6 National Championships at Torbay K6 National Championships at TorbayTen races and only one black flagThe Royal Torbay Yacht club were hosts to the K6s over four days in September. The fleet enjoy the waters of Torbay and were joined by a number of new faces and returning teams plus a couple of guest appearances of known pedigree.by Dave Hall Posted 18 Sep 18:42 BST Bart's Bash at Bewl Sailing Association Bart's Bash at Bewl Sailing AssociationMixed in with the Wanderer Inland ChampionshipsNineteen boats jostled on the line in a brisk SW wind, awaiting the start of the annual BSA Bart's Bash handicap race. Some competitors were regular and hardened racers, others were visitors sailing in the Wanderer Inlands at Bewl.by Jo Mayes Posted 18 Sep 18:23 BST Langener Waldsee RS Aero Challenge Langener Waldsee RS Aero ChallengeFrankfurt is seventh stage on German RS Aero circuitAs last year, the event took place in glorious summer weather, even with light and testing wind. There were three races on Saturday and one on Sunday, thanks to the race director, who worked hard to bring his races together.by Jörn Domres Posted 18 Sep 18:01 BST Nordic Folkboat National Championships Nordic Folkboat National ChampionshipsGreat credit to the boat with a total crew age of 235 yearsFirstly, many thanks to the Race Officer, Simon van de Byl and his team of volunteers for brilliantly running the Nordic National Championships based from the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, over a weekend of glorious Nordic weather.by Claire & Julian Sowry Posted 18 Sep 17:12 BST Acord Llangorse OnBoard Regatta Acord Llangorse OnBoard RegattaSouth and West Wales sailors encouraged via All Afloat schemeMore than 50 young sailors took to the water for the South and West Wales Acord Llangorse OnBoard Regatta. There was a good turnout through the All Afloat scheme, with many travelling from Pembrokeshire for their first major competition.by Hamish Stuart Posted 18 Sep 17:05 BST Bart's Bash at Draycote Water Bart's Bash at Draycote WaterIan Walker joins the world's biggest dinghy raceAs usual, Draycote Water Sailing Club celebrated Bart's Bash by incorporating the Bart's Bash Race with a pursuit race to form the Club Regatta. We were fortunate enough to be joined by double Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker.by Jeremy Atkins Posted 18 Sep 16:47 BST Perth SC Saturday Points Series Perth SC Saturday Points SeriesImproving boat handling skills in light conditionsThere was such was the contrast in conditions between last Sundays racing where the wild conditions challenged all those that took part and the race on Saturday where there was so little wind that there was a debate as to whether it was worth the effort.by Bob Watson Posted 18 Sep 16:31 BST RS Venture interviews from Para Worlds RS Venture interviews from Para WorldsHelena Lucas looks at the supplied fleet and training sessionThe Para World Sailing Championships with the RS Venture Connect, the two-person keelboat Class for the event hosted by Sail Sheboygan & SEAS, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin USA has completed the training element to the event and kicks off with racing today.by RS Sailing Posted 18 Sep 14:49 BST Australian Women's Match Racing Championships Australian Women's Match Racing ChampionshipsCelia Willison pushing Juliet Costanzo to get to semi-finalsWhilst Costanzo didn't have a perfect day, her performance over the past two days has given her the ability to choose her opponent for tomorrow's semi-finals clash.by Jordan Reece Posted 18 Sep 12:06 BST Streaker Southern Championships at Blakeney Streaker Southern Championships at BlakeneyHigh tide takes the day offBlakeney SC in North Norfolk hosted the Streaker Southern Championships this year. Normally it's a one-day event but, as racing in Blakeney Harbour can only take place at high tide, the weekend of September 15th-16th was chosen.by Veronica Falat Posted 18 Sep 12:00 BST Helly Hansen Isle of Wight Dinghy Championships Helly Hansen Isle of Wight Dinghy Championships60 dinghies battle at GurnardOver the weekend of the 8th and 9th September more than sixty dinghies competing in four classes battled strong tides and increasing wind at Gurnard SC to become IW Dinghy Champion.by Steve Cole Posted 18 Sep 11:43 BST RS Aeros at the 69th Massapoag Regatta RS Aeros at the 69th Massapoag RegattaDon't just follow the boat in frontAfter several weeks of brutally hot weather in southern New England, the temperatures plummeted just in time for the 69th Annual Regatta at Masspaoag YC in Sharon, Massachusetts on the weekend of September 8th and 9th. 15 hardy RS Aero sailors joined in.by Chris and Derek Stow Posted 18 Sep 11:34 BST European Match Race Tour Grand Final European Match Race Tour Grand FinalBrillant Harasimovics secures 2018 Tour title in MontenegroPolish skipper Piotr Harasimovics and his HRM Racing Team dominated the final stages of the European Tour 2018 Grand Final in Montenegro's Tivat.by Helmut Czasny Posted 18 Sep 10:31 BST Osprey Proctor Centenary Round The Island race Osprey Proctor Centenary Round The Island raceEight and half hours that will always be rememberedThe Osprey was designed by Ian Proctor to take part in the 1952 Olympic trials. A year later Osprey No 1 was sailed by Ian, John Oakley and Cliff Norbury in a Round the Isle of Wight race for dinghies, organised to commemorate the Queen's Coronation.by David Downs Posted 18 Sep 09:46 BST British Sailing Team set at Para Sailing Worlds British Sailing Team set at Para Sailing WorldsFully focused on the task in SheboyganSix sailors will be flying the Great Britain flag when racing at the Para Sailing World Championships gets underway at Sail Sheboygan, USA on Tuesday (18 September).by Loretta Spridgeon Posted 18 Sep 09:30 BST National Squib Inland Championship preview National Squib Inland Championship previewAll welcome to join in at RutlandFollowing the hugely successful Championships at Cowes with 100 entries, the NSOA is expecting another great entry for the Inlands. The Champs attracted new members, and we expect to have them join the regulars who enjoy this very special event.by Ricky East Posted 18 Sep 09:09 BST Dragon East Coast Championship Dragon East Coast ChampionshipTwelve boats race at Burnham on CrouchTwelve boats competed for the 2018 BDA East Coast Championship hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham on Crouch on the weekend of 15/16 September; the last of the British Dragon Association 2018 regional championships.by Andrew 'Noddy' Norden Posted 18 Sep 08:51 BST Lake Michigan hosts record Para Sailing Worlds Lake Michigan hosts record Para Sailing WorldsA record 98 sailors from 39 nations will raceDespite the International Paralympic Committee's decision last week to not include Para Sailing in the 2024 Paralympics, a record 98 sailors from 39 nations will race at the Para World Sailing Championships in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USAby World Sailing Posted 18 Sep 05:25 BST RC Laser Northern District Championship RC Laser Northern District ChampionshipConcluding part of the Northern District series at West LancsToday was the concluding part of the Northern District series as well as the Northern District Championship title. With a somewhat indifferent weather forecast, only six Skippers turned up, or maybe some were taking a late summer holiday break.by Tony Wilson Posted 17 Sep 23:15 BST Wayfarer International Rally Wayfarer International Rally114 people cruised the Norfolk BroadsWayfarer sailors from eight nations gathered in Norfolk last week for the Wayfarer International Rally. Organiser Ralph Roberts saw his target of 100 participants exceeded as 114 people took to the water.by Merrin Froggett Posted 17 Sep 23:06 BST Supernova Inlands at Blithfield Supernova Inlands at BlithfieldAlways do the AGM before the drinking gamesThe Supernova Inland Championships was held on the weekend of the 14th Sept at Blithfield SC. Saturday saw a windier than expected start to the first race.by Cliff Milliner Posted 17 Sep 22:01 BST Lymington XOD Saturday Series Race 20 Lymington XOD Saturday Series Race 20The hunt for the trophy could not have been closerGoing into the penultimate race of the Saturday XOD series, the hunt for the trophy could not have been closer. Paul Woodman and Ollie James' Ibex and Rory Paton's XL started the race level on points, with XL's worst discard a second place.by John Olliff-Cooper Posted 17 Sep 21:50 BST 52 Super Series Valencia Sailing Wk practice race 52 Super Series Valencia Sailing Wk practice raceWho can win the last event of the season?Eleven TP52s sailed the Official Practice Race today off Valencia's Malvarrosa Beach, the final prelude to Tuesday's start of the final regatta of the season, the 52 Super Series Valencia Sailing Week.by 52 Super Series Posted 17 Sep 21:47 BST Kiel Week still counts on inclusion Kiel Week still counts on inclusionOrganizers in Kiel count on inclusion in the sailing sportThe chairmanship of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) did put 23 types of sport onto the list for the next evaluation period for the admittance to the Paralympic sports program for Paris 2024.by Kiel Week Posted 17 Sep 19:06 BST Lalou Roucayrol and Arkema: Full of confidence Lalou Roucayrol and Arkema: Full of confidenceIn run-up to Route du Rhum-Destination GuadeloupeThe crewed race period was a success for Lalou Roucayrol and his Multi 50 Arkema: second in the Grand-Prix des Multicoques Baie de Saint-Brieuc, and especially the overall winner in the Grand Prix Valdys.by Team Arkema Posted 17 Sep 18:35 BST Triple open meeting at Salcombe Triple open meeting at SalcombeSolo, RS Aero and Salcombe Yawl fleets convergeThe weekend saw Salcombe Yacht Club host a triple header Open Meeting for Solos, single handed stalwart of the estuary, the Aero fleet, another single hander but a good degree sportier and the venerable clinker built Salcombe Yawls.by Simon Dobson Posted 17 Sep 18:32 BST Golden Globe Race day 78 Golden Globe Race day 78Jean-Luc Van Den Heede now 9 days ahead despite breakages73-year old Jean-Luc Van Den Heede continues to defy his age and best efforts of the chasing pack of Golden Globe Race skippers to extend his lead across the South Indian Ocean to 9+ days over the past weekby Barry Pickthall, Golden Globe Race Posted 17 Sep 18:12 BST Snipe North Western Championships Snipe North Western Championships23 boats took part at Budworth23 Boats took part in the Budworth Snipe Open meeting on the 15th and 16th September. Seven travellers took on the local sailors including Malcolm and Iso Tipler all the way from the Orkney Islands.by Matthew Wolstenholme Posted 17 Sep 17:45 BST KSSS king of Swedish J/70 Sailing League KSSS king of Swedish J/70 Sailing LeagueRoyal Swedish Sailing Club team take home Gold MedalThe KSSS team of Patrik Forsberg, Sandra Sandqvist, Lukas Bergman and Anders Mårtensson took home the Gold Medal on Sunday afternoon, winning the Allsvenskan (Swedish J/70 Sailing League) on the windy waters off Gottskär, Sweden.by J/Boats Posted 17 Sep 16:46 BST National Solo Inlands at Grafham Water preview National Solo Inlands at Grafham Water previewWith a pre-event Coaching Clinic fronted by Ross HarveyThe splendid sailing arena that is Grafham Water Sailing Club host the National Solo Inlands this weekend and with a pre-event Coaching Clinic fronted by Ross Harvey, the 19 trainees will hopefully be joined by another 70+ competitors for the main event.by Will Loy, NSCA Publicity Posted 17 Sep 15:35 BST International Flying Phantom event in Qingdao International Flying Phantom event in Qingdao12 of two-man foiling catamarans representing six nations will descend upon Chinese watersOC Sport, the global pioneer in event creation and management, is delighted to announce the creation of a new event that will see the international Flying Phantom fleet compete in Qingdao, Chinaby Extreme Sailing Series Posted 17 Sep 15:04 BST Pwllheli Challenge Series week 1 Pwllheli Challenge Series week 1A new format and some extra racesThe ever popular Pwllheli Challenge Series kicked off on Saturday. This year's challenge has had a bit of a shake up by popular demand, so as not to miss out on any good autumn weather and mild winter days.by Vicky Cox Posted 17 Sep 14:53 BST Rán lifts the One Ton Cup Rán lifts the One Ton CupNiklas Zennstrom's Rán is the winner of FAST40+ Race Circuit Round 5At a ceremony held at the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Cowes Clubhouse. RORC Racing Manager, Chris Stone welcomed Christophe Hinfray representing the owners of the trophy, the Cercle de la voile de Paris.by Louay Habib Posted 17 Sep 13:31 BST Rudder, Stock and Two Smoked Extrusions Rudder, Stock and Two Smoked ExtrusionsHow the team at Sea Sure engineered a new rudder stock for my Keyhaven ScowBack in the Autumn of 2017, while sailing our Keyhaven Scow with my kids, the rudder stock snapped. It was no major drama and we made it back ashore safely, but it did lead me to question the design of it.by Mark Jardine Posted 17 Sep 12:00 BST MOCRA Bembridge Regatta MOCRA Bembridge RegattaIncorporating the Diam 24OD National ChampionshipSix MOCRA multihulls and four Diam 24ods enjoyed two challenging days racing off Bembridge over the weekend of 15th & 16th September.by Mike Samuelson Posted 17 Sep 09:41 BST Ocean Signal highlights World Sailing rule Ocean Signal highlights World Sailing ruleCrew required to carry personal AIS for Category 2 RacesAs sailors prepare for the 2019 season, safety at sea leader Ocean Signal is raising awareness about a rule within the 2018-19 World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations requiring every crew member to carry a personal AIS deviceby Saltwater Stone Posted 17 Sep 07:00 BST 100 days to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 100 days to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht RaceThe Boxing Day classic is approaching fast!It is 100 days out from the 1pm Boxing Day start of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's (CYCA) 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and already a fleet of 48 includes last year's winner, three super maxis, nine internationals.by Nicholas Janzen Posted 17 Sep 06:16 BST Rolex Big Boat Series overall Rolex Big Boat Series overallClass winners and dock cred on the final dayBright sunshine, steady breeze and flat seas greeted the 76 teams for the final day of racing at the 54th edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series (September 12-16, 2018), hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club.by St. Francis Yacht Club Posted 17 Sep 05:48 BST Olympic Test Event outcomes put Aussies on track Olympic Test Event outcomes put Aussies on trackEncouraging results for the team in Enoshima, JapanThe Australian Sailing Team has left the first official Olympic Test Event at Enoshima in Japan with encouraging results, headed by a gold medal in the Nacra 17 class and silver medals in the 470M and Laser.by David Sygall Posted 17 Sep 05:43 BST Red-hot Ichi Ban victorious in Flinders Islet Race Red-hot Ichi Ban victorious in Flinders Islet RaceIchi Ban claimed victories in this year's Flinders Islet RaceMatt Allen's TP52 Ichi Ban has claimed IRC and ORCi Division victories in this year's Flinders Islet Race, the second event in the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore (ACSBWPS) series.by DJ Munro Posted 17 Sep 05:39 BST Clevedon SC Autumn Trophy Clevedon SC Autumn TrophySome fast and furious planing once the wind had picked upDespite the forecast for very strong winds and heavy rain, eleven boats lined up at the start line for this years Autumn Trophy at Clevedon Sailing Club on Sunday 16th September.by Sean Warren-Cox Posted 16 Sep 22:49 BST Rolex Swan Cup 2018 overall Rolex Swan Cup 2018 overallThis year sees the introduction of a new trophyContested by a diverse international fleet of 110 yachts from 17 countries encompassing over fifty years of yacht design and heritage, the 20th edition of the Rolex Swan Cup concluded earlier today following a compelling week's sailing.by Giles Pearman Posted 16 Sep 22:14 BST RS200 SW Ugly Tour at Starcross RS200 SW Ugly Tour at StarcrossThe wind was in a rather indecisive moodA keen bunch of sailors turned up bright and early for the penultimate round of the 2018 Westcountry Boat Repairs RS200 SW Ugly Tour at Starcross YC, on the beautiful Exe estuary. Unfortunately the wind wasn't quite so keen to get up as early.by John Teague Posted 16 Sep 21:49 BST
Grab a Last Minute Beach HolidayThere is still time to go away on that dream beach holiday to Greece. Your late season holiday offers are ready to be booked with some amazing discounts, make the most of these brilliant prices before they sell out!Rudder, Stock and Two Smoked ExtrusionsBack in the Autumn of 2017, while sailing our Keyhaven Scow with my kids, the rudder stock snapped. It was no major drama and we made it back ashore safely, but it did lead me to question the design of it.New RNLI and GJW Direct association announcedThe Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and GJW Direct have announced a new association, which will see GJW Direct become an official supporter of the RNLI's Lifejacket Clinics.New sponsor for SailJuice Winter SeriesWe spoke to Steve Norbury, managing director of Seldén Mast in the UK, who are the new sponsors of the SailJuice Winter Series. We ask what attracts him to the series as a sailor, and as a sponsor.Chandlery and Trolley SavingsWe continue our sale this week with 10% off Allen products, 10% off Harken products, 10% off Sea Sure products, and 10% off Ronstan products. Plus launching trollies are reduced.Natural succession in the RS Sailing familyIn August RS Sailing celebrated 25 years in style with the spectacular RS Games at the WPNSA: the largest one-design event in the UK. An incredible 1300 sailors in 900 boats took part in this marathon of sailing and fun.See latest Icom Marine Radio products and offersIcom's expert team will be on hand to demonstrate its latest range of marine radio products and answer any related questions on stand E029 at the Southampton Boat Show between 14th – 23rd September 2018.From Mallorca Optis to Figaro starWe spoke to #TeamCrewsaver sailor Alan Roberts during a lifejacket training day at the Crewsaver head office.Pontos Winches Get 'Karverized'Most winches still just have two gears but Pontos add an additional two gears in one of two different configurations. The two extra gears are fully automatic and can either be focussed on providing extra speed or extra power.New watersports kit from Red OriginalThe incredible summer we have had has seen us getting on the water almost daily! We're lucky enough to live on the south coast and as well as sailing in dinghies and whizzing about on our RIB, our Stand-Up Paddle board has been a fantastic investment.RS Sailing set for the Southampton Boat Show!The RS Games 'Sailor's Hub' will be coming to life once again and can be found in our usual spot on the waterfront, stand E045.Musto's no-compromise Flexlite Alumin wetsuitsWe spoke to Shane Rhone, the Sailing Design Manager at Musto, about their wetsuit range, from their entry-level garments to the top-of-the-range Flexlite Alumin items.Marine Resources to sponsor Happy HourInternational marine recruitment agency Marine Resources have partnered with British Marine to offer a Happy Hour for the very first time at the British Marine Members Lounge during the annual TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show.Influencing the influencersWe recently caught up with Richard Percy of the ASF to find out the latest on Bart's Bash 2018, the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centres and the Foundation's Aims of increasing participation and improving the lives of young people through sailing.Yachting Offers from P&BLet's face it, inshore and offshore yachting can be an expensive hobby, what with mooring fees, insurance costs and club memberships.Finding the balanceI recently spoke to Dave Wade at P&B about balancing running a business, family life, his own sailing, P&B's thriving fit-outs of championship-winning boats, his views on sailing events and which boat is his favourite to sail...